Pilates: Beginner Level 1

Kathi Ells
Instructor Kathi Ells
Average: 4.5 (29 votes)
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Kathi teaches a beginner level pilates mat class to take you forward from the Pilates Fundamentals: The Five Principles. If you are looking to understand how to engage your core properly, strengthen your back and connect your core strength to your shoulders, arms and legs, this class is perfect for that. It may also provide significant relief for lower back discomfort and pain, as well as help with other back and shoulder-related issues. If you feel you're ready to progress to the next step in Kathi's Pilates series you can have a look at Pilates: Beginner Level 1, Class 2. 

Equipment: None
Style: Pilates


Deborah Lilly 3 months ago

Hello Kathi - thanks for the pilates class - I need more abdominal work. Would you (or someone) be willing to give a class focussing on the pelvic floor? I sometimes wonder whether hard work on the abs puts stress on the pelvic floor, and how to work with both, especially as I'm 70! Cheers.

Kathi Ells 3 months ago

Thank you for your question, Deborah. A pelvic floor class is a great idea. Will consider for the future. Pelvic floor muscles play an important role in breathing and movement. Weak pelvic floor muscles can cause incontinence and chronic pain in your lumbar spine, pelvis, and /or hips. If done correctly, Pilates will increase strength in your deep pelvic floor muscles in improve the above-mentioned issues. Really honing in on the cueing and muscle recruitment will help. When 'engaging' your abdominals ALWAYS engage your deep pelvic floor muscles FIRST, then zip it up from there to your navel. Lots to learn. Stay tuned for a Pelvic Floor class.

Ladylobo76 1 year ago

I really loved this class since I haven’t done Pilates in years. I’m also glad to know I wasn’t the only experiencing video problems with this video.

dianeb 1 year ago

Hi! Super class -- I'm an advanced Pilates practitioner with an injury, and this was a terrific class for me. Only problem is that about a third of the way into the video, the visual part stops for about 1-2 minutes. Kathi's voice goes on, but not the picture. Otherwise, fabulous!! Thanks!

David Procyshyn 1 year ago

Hi. I'm not experiencing that when I play the video. Can you tell me exactly where it starts and stops for you?

stephleest 1 year ago

The same thing is happening to me. At around 11:15, the video goes out but the audio keeps going.

lchandlernh 1 year ago

I'm trying to click on the video to watch it and there is no video to click on. Help.

CeciliaLondon 1 year ago

I hadn't done pilates for a while and this gave me a good reminder of the sensation I should look for when doing pilates. I like that instructions are given along the way as I don't find it easy to look at my screen during the class, and it could be armful! I can't wait to do more pilates classes with Kathi! Thank you again.