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Pilates: Beginner Level 1 Class 1

Beginner II

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!"

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MaggieLSmith
MaggieLSmith
November 13, 2018
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Kim is the best. I've had good instructors before for yoga and pilates, but kim you really are awesome! I can't tell you how helpful it is to have the instructor take it slow and even take moments BEFORE a move to explain what to do and what not to do -- not to mention how great it is to have an instructor who has a great sense of humor and is not taking herself too seriously. Thank you, thank you!

Nyamyj
Nyamyj
July 13, 2018
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Adding pilates to my yoga practice and this was a great start. Terrific instruction. Definitely coming back to this. Challenging, but doable for a beginner like me.

apollocreed
apollocreed
April 19, 2018
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Hi Kim, at the beginning of the video you say "back of the neck presses against the sky". Do you mean that the neck should be actively tensed and pushing upwards or just that it should be in a neutral position?
Thanks.

bronwynhegarty
bronwynhegarty
October 28, 2017
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that was a great class, and although I've been to lots of pilates classes some of the moves were more challenging than what I am used to. For example, the arm leaning, and along with this and the Fundamentals class, I have a greater understanding of the five principles. Previously, I'd only been aware of the core aspect involving the navel and the abdominal muscles.

Adventuress42
Adventuress42
October 2, 2017
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After a bit of time off from yoga and working out, sitting a lot in a car, moving, strain strain strain, this is a fabulous class to reset my body and help really realign and strengthen my back.
Wonderful! I look forward to this series!

lliddell95
lliddell95
May 5, 2017
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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
Jaimethib
April 18, 2017
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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

Jaime

salparap
salparap
October 9, 2016
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Hello!
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?

Glynis Redford
Glynis Redford
September 7, 2016
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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?
Thankyou

Kim Wilson
Kim Wilson
September 9, 2016
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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!
Warmly
Kim

Aitana
Aitana
June 20, 2016
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First class beginners? I couldn't finish it. Very difficult. It discouraged me a bit. :(

Kim Wilson
Kim Wilson
September 9, 2016
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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:)

moonlightbeams
moonlightbeams
October 14, 2015
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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!

atestafl
atestafl
June 20, 2015
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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!

David Procyshyn
David Procyshyn
June 23, 2015
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Thanks for the message, atestafl.

You're right - in general, you exhale when you're doing the work (pushing, crunching, etc) and inhale when returning. I hope that helps.

Take care,

David
DoYogaWithMe Founder

Kim Wilson
Kim Wilson
September 9, 2016
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Hi:)
In beginner Pilates the focus of breathe is to exhale on the exertion of the exercise. When we exhale it is much easier to recruit our core, so we get more support during the harder part of the exercise.
The tricky part is then to maintain core on the inhale. This is tricky because the diaphragm wants to expand the belly so breathe has to be more into the sides and back of the rib cage (lateral costal breathe).
The most important thing is just to keep breathing, and try to keep some form of abdominal support going as you do:)
I hope this helps:)

joshuachin
joshuachin
May 25, 2015
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Does anyone else vibrate like crazy during the core exercises?

Great video, though beginners like myself may need to watch this multiple times to understand some of Kim's prompts.

random6x7
random6x7
March 16, 2015
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Fantastic class and teacher! I needed more of a challenge and am so not ready for intermediate classes, and this fit the bill perfectly.

abigailma30
abigailma30
February 27, 2015
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After doing this workout for a few days I can feel my form getting better! The way Kim explains things makes so much sense and with the challenging moves in this workout I will never get bored! Kim is fantastic!

Mellow293
Mellow293
January 18, 2015
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this video, but I was surprised at how well it worked all the target muscles! I'm currently working through "Yoga for Absolute Beginners" and this video made me realize that I'm now becoming more aware of the 5 Principles of Pilates.

Loved this video!!!

Teeteelaugh
Teeteelaugh
November 3, 2014
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Woke up far tooooo early today! - Having time on my hands I thought I might just do a 20-30min yoga session. Something simple and easy to follow with a "half asleep brain" but also challenging for my "energized all awake body"

If you find yourself in such or similar situation, this is for you. No questions asked.

Genki girl
Genki girl
May 23, 2014
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Wow, what a workout! You're right, such small movements but such great effort. I'll have to do this one for a few weeks before moving to the next one.
Love your style, Kim. :)

nhut
nhut
December 10, 2013
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Love this video although with pilates and yoga I always have a problem with my hips. For instance in this vid, my hips pop when doing the leg lifts and its uncomfortable. What can I do to help?

mars__collide
mars__collide
January 20, 2014
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definitely felt the burn in my legs/core while practicing this routine. i missed that feeling! this video motivated me to get more into pilates. Kim's friendly reminders are also on point. Thank you! :)

ellelli
ellelli
February 18, 2014
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This work out was much harder than it looked, I had to pause a few times to drink from my water bottle! Trying to keep up with Kim is difficult and fun, I can't wait to learn more from her!

angela700
angela700
October 9, 2013
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Doing this for the first time is great but I wasn't able to finish the last 4 minutes because my scoliosis is not allowing me to do more.

steph.cic
steph.cic
October 8, 2013
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I like all the teachers on this site, but Kim might be my favourite. She gives clear explanations and is very knowledgeable. I have been teaching yoga for a couple of years, and Kim's knowledge of intricate details makes me want to pursue Pilates in order to improve my yoga teaching. And as a bonus, she is cheerful!

Also, I agree with the others who said this is a challenging work out, even though it is Level 1.

Thank you!

aimeceleste
aimeceleste
July 15, 2013
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This is the first video from the "Yoga for Absolute Beginners" program that really felt like work! In the best way, of course :) I can feel my core!

tajahchan
tajahchan
June 30, 2013
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These exercises are challenging to do but I'm able to get through them. She is so cheery and optimistic that it makes doing them much more pleasant even through the burn. :)

syntheticbutterfly
syntheticbutterfly
June 16, 2013
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This was challenging but fun. I get a lot of pain in exercises where I have to put weight on my knees though, have anyone got any suggestions of wht I'm doing wrong?

David Procyshyn
David Procyshyn
June 16, 2013
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Hi there.

You're not alone - many students find that their knees hurt when putting weight on them. The best thing you can do is have a folded blanket or firm pillow nearby to slip under your knees whenever you need it.

Let me know if you have any more questions.

Take care,

David
DoYogaWithme.com Founder

rikilynn
rikilynn
June 9, 2013
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I love Kim Wilson. I had never done yoga before discovering this site a couple of months ago. I do a video at least once a week, and if I want to feel challenged it is always Kim's video I do. I usually do the armilicious/bootylicious videos, but have recently started doing this one. It is a really good work out. It is challenging but not beyond my abilities completely.
Kim - I so thoroughly enjoy spending time with you through these videos. Honestly, you are just such a joy! If you are ever in NYC, please post it on this blog.

mich.roy
mich.roy
May 10, 2013
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i have been doing this class all week and i love it! a great workout for the whole body in just 30 minutes- fantastic. thank you kim- you're awesome!!!

Mary V.
Mary V.
February 5, 2013
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I've been doing this video for several weeks in order to build some fundamental strength and confidence before advancing to the next level. I love how clearly Kim explains things and I especially love how I can get a full body workout in less than thirty minutes. This is the perfect compliment to a cardio routine, especially for those with busy schedules.

I can already feel a big difference in a short time.

Thank you!

JollyGreenGiant
JollyGreenGiant
February 1, 2013
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Perfect little package and was exactly what I was looking for: a focused but balanced core workout. Kim is very clear while managing not to talk too much overall. I want to memorize the sequence so I can do it quicker and repeat.

Inddi
Inddi
January 16, 2013
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This is the first class of Pilates that I GET how to do everything. She explains it so well.

JenelleMarie
JenelleMarie
September 3, 2012
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This is a great work-out and I really appreciated Kim's informative and patient approach. And wow, did I feel it!

Keep it up, Kim!

Jannike
Jannike
August 21, 2012
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I really love this pilates class, it's the first time that any training has given me sore muscles, in a good way,after only half an hour of training!
Thank for a GREAT workout, with a superb teacher, explaining everything in an easy way so you get it all right, with a smile - LOVE IT.

monicaa
monicaa
May 8, 2012
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salve, non saprei esprimere in inglese tutta la simpatia che Kim sprigiona in questo video utile e divertente
proverò a farlo tutti i gg
baci namastè.

monica nadalini
italy

[Google Translation: Hi, I can't express in English all the compassion Kim gives off in this useful and fun video.
I'll try to do it every day.
kisses Namastè]

David Procyshyn
David Procyshyn
March 28, 2012
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Hi there.
If the video is not playing properly try playing the video while using Google Chrome. When this issue has come up in the past, this has worked 95% of the time. Let me how it goes!
Take care,
David

jathipozhi
jathipozhi
March 28, 2012
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This video doesn't play at all... It has finished buffering, but when I click play/pause, nothing comes on the screen. I just see a black screen.