On a day like today, a reliable indoor workout is a plus.
I’m a huge fan of Pilates and try to do it 1-2 times a week. Pilates was one of the first fitness classes I really got into post-college. I took a class at the local Y back in Chicago – the same instructor for about 2 years, the same group of people in the class. We had the loud breather, the runner (guy) who wore short running shorts, etc. And it’s when I first started to notice that yes, indeed, I do have a waist. I always feel a little longer and leaner after a good Pilates mat class/workout.
A great at-home Pilates workout to check out is Mari Winsor: Pilates. I used the DVD via Netflix.
There’s an express, 20 minute option and a full, 50 minute floor workout. I use the 50 minute workout which takes me through plenty of abs, lower body toning moves, and core “scooping”.
The workout provides variations for beginners and more advanced practitioners. It’s a great DVD if you’re new to Pilates. I will say that it moves a bit slow if you’re more advanced.
The only equipment needed is a yoga or exercise mat. Be sure to wear comfy clothes.
Do you have a good at-home Pilates workout to recommend? Do you do Pilates? What’s today’s workout?
I’d love to try other Pilates workouts. I’ve heard about the Mari Winsor series, but haven’t tried it, yet. The DVDs I enjoy are Denise Austin’s ‘Mat workout based on the work of JH Pilates’ (Not all that intense, but still when I do one of the two routines after not having done them in a few days, I feel it! The DVD also has a bonus lower body workout) and David Snively’s ‘Custom Fit’. Indoor workouts sure do help to beat the gloom 😉
I’ve done lots of yoga but never attended a pilates class! I wonder where I would fall ability wise..
I need to try pilates again…
I loved pilates, but I haven’t done it since college! I need to get back into it!
I have never tried pilates! I’m going to look for the DVD you mentioned. And you’re right, it is just too cold and gloomy to get outside for a workout today.
You have to try it! Great for the core.
My goodness, it’s snowy where you are! If you were to look out my cube window right now, you’d think it was summer in Houston. I’m in awe of you for getting a workout in. When it’s cold outside, the workout diva in me just wants to stay in bed and wear fuzzy slippers. I guess I could technically do Pilates in bed though, wearing fuzzy slippers. 😛
It was a struggle to get up this AM to workout. I was all dressed for the gym but then decided that the wind chill advisory meant I was better off working out at home.
I went to two Pilates classes during college–loved them, but they *killed* me! I’d love to hop back on the wagon. 🙂
There are a lot of good (short) videos on Hulu, too.
Geez, it looks so cold out! I love exercise videos lately and they come in so handy in the winter. I’m going to kickboxing tonight, but tomorrow will do a yoga or pilates class prob
It’s freezing today–actually have a wind chill advisory. I did another at-home workout this AM. Much easier than bundling up for the gym.
I’ve heard so much about pilates! Thanks for sharing:)
Definitely try pilates!
Wow- That’s great to know . Did n’t even know that there were pilates dvd’s that were good. I like to workout in my basement when everyone sleeps b/c it’s easy! Thanks for the tip. I went to a pilates studio for a while & loved it; but, now it’s just easier to go to my basement early in the a.m.
I worked out this AM – I always feel better for the rest of the day.
Oh yes!!! This is definitely indoor workout weather!! If the dogs will let you, that is!!!
Good point! If the dogs are around when I’m on the ground I usually have added resistance in the form of a Labrador!
Were getting so close to the NYNG posting!
Love this roundup!