Pilates: Beginner Level 1 Class 1

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Class Description: 

Kim takes you through a full body pilates workout while teaching you how to apply the five pilates principles that she covered in her first video. You will learn how to strengthen the body safely and effectively, while maintaining proper technique. As she says, "if it's easy, it likely means you're not doing it right!"


lliddell95 3 months ago

This workout is great! I'm new to yoga and pilates, but after watching the 5 principles, I could definitely feel the burn in all of my body! This was awesome. Thank you Kim for a wonderful full body workout!

Jaimethib 4 months ago

I just want to say how much these Pilates programs have helped me! I have a upper neck/brain injury. After a year of physical therapy I've finally started to untwist my body enough to begin moderate strenuous exercises. My physical therapist and I LOVE this program for at home full body workouts. I started with modifying the snot out of everything (just holding poses instead of moving, placing a towel under my left hand on planks to help my right shoulder, and skipping a few, etc). I'm now able to do basically the whole thing without modifications! It's helped my recovery by leaps and bounds!

Much love, hockey player turned Pilates junkie


Why am I shaking?
salparap 10 months ago

That was my first Pilates session ever and around min. 25 of the video my body and especially my abs were shaking. Why is this happening? Is it normal?

vebrigham 8 months ago

My first Pilates teacher always applauded us for shaking ("Good shaking!!"). I guess it means you're working hard.

Bridge difficulties....
Glynis Redford 11 months ago

Hi - I find lifting my hips etc up off the floor SO difficult and only manage a few centimetres. I do have Scoliosis but love Yoga and it is helping loads. Can you advise please if, with practise this will improve, also what else could I do to help with this?

Kim Wilson 11 months ago

Hi Glynis

Thank you for writing.
Getting your hips off the floor only a few centimeters is wonderful. THe key is to stay in a range of motion that is pain free. You could also try moving your feet further away from your bum to see if that gives your low back more space and try to keep your tail bone tucked.
I do not know how sever your scoliosis is, but usually I would not recommend full roll ups. Modifications would be better.
unilateral exercises are wonderful, keeping the spine long and working lots on pelvic floor recruitment and neutral pelvis alignment.
I hope this helps! Keep up the good work!

First class? Very difficult.
Aitana 1 year ago

First class beginners? I couldn't finish it. Very difficult. It discouraged me a bit. :(

Hi Aitana
Kim Wilson 11 months ago

Hi Aitana
I am sorry you felt discouraged.
The pilates 5 principles is a postural template meant for form and technique so that you can modify for yourself in every movement to make any class you go to achievable. The key is to listen to your body:) When something feels to hard and you are losing the isolation of muscle groups that are meant to be isolated, or our form or breathe goes, that is always a great opportunity to back the work off, do less sets, take a break and build your strength slowly and safely.
I hope you can find that in this class:)

I'm currently working through
moonlightbeams 1 year ago

I'm currently working through the absolute beginner coarse after not working out for a good year, and i loved this. It activated my core and helped me work through it. I longed for classes that focused on core strengthening. Thank you So much!

When to inhale/exhale
atestafl 2 years ago

I thought the 5 principles and this beginner class was great. My one suggestion is to be clearer on when to inhale versus exhale for each movement. I kept getting confused on if I was inhaling or exhaling and sometimes felt like the vocalization was counter to what I was expecting from the 5 principle video. I think it isn't that it is actually counter intuitive or even unclear but more that I do these exercises without really watching the video because it would be bad to turn my head so sometimes I'm on the inhale when she's on the exhale so just saying "inhale" or "exhale" doesn't help as much as saying "inhale/exhale as you lift/curve/push etc" - thanks for a quick workout that really gets my day started!