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’m a little embarrassed to admit that I was doing this in my living room last week:
But you know what? It was fun, it was a good way to unwind after work, and it was a real workout! My abs/core were so sore the next day–good sore.
I’ve seen the Hemalayaa: Beautiful Belly on Netflix but always discounted it thinking that it wouldn’t be much of a workout. It popped up on Hulu and I finally decided to give it a try.
It’s about a 45 minute workout including a warm-up and cool-down and a variety of cardio and core work. For plank enthusiasts, there are planks!
It was fun to let loose a bit and dance like no one’s watching. Well, this guy was watching and tried to climb in my lap when I was on the floor for the floor work:
Always wanting to be right by me.
Have you ever tried one of Hemalayaa’s workouts? She has a number of Bollywood-inspried DVDs available via Netflix, Hulu, and Acacia.
And Hulu is a great source for at-home workout options. Here are a few pages to search: Get Fit, Stay Fit; Yoga for Everyone; Dance and be Fit. There are two down-sides with Hulu, though–short commercials (I supposed the up-side is that you can take a H2O break) and the workouts aren’t always available – they expire but then tend to show up again a couple of weeks later.