Pilates: Beginner Level 1 Class 1

Kim Wilson
Instructor Kim Wilson
Average: 4.7 (154 votes)
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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!"

Equipment: None
Style: Pilates, Yoga for Back Care


salparap 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

Glynis Redford 4 years 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 4 years 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!

Aitana 4 years ago

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

Kim Wilson 4 years 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:)

moonlightbeams 5 years 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!

atestafl 5 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!

Kim Wilson 4 years ago

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:)

David Procyshyn 5 years ago

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,

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