Pilates for Beginners or Recovery
Can I first say: “I love Pilates.” I am just at the
start of reshaping my body, but already I notice so many changes
and my husband also has noticed and likes the fact that I’m
talking care of my body and fitting into smaller outfits.
It is fun to go buy smaller clothes after years of trying all
sorts of exercise programs and never seeing dramatic results
this soon. I have also changed my diet and I think that also
helps quite a bit.
Since I started Pilates again this year, I already dropped
two sizes and that makes me feel really good about my future.
Now I look forward to shopping where before I had started to
really dread looking for clothes that would fit well, let alone
If you have already learned all the Pilates exercises, you
might be slightly disappointed when purchasing this workout.
This is for beginners and I would recommend this for age 40-60
or for when you want to relax. I am 35 and find this to be more
of a “relaxing” workout. There is no stress on your back and
this workout literally helps me get to sleep fast. I feel very
sleepy and relaxed after doing any of the workouts late at
The music sounds like the ocean and you hear waves and subtle
tones which lull you into a serene state. The exercises are not
done quickly and that makes you feel that you are not getting a
good workout. That is what the other reviewers seem to be
Really, what happens is you don’t feel stressed doing the
workout and then while you are walking around the house, you
notice your posture has changed and you feel a deep sense of
relaxation and peace. This is what it is all about. This is not
an aerobics, get stressed, feel the pain type workout. This is a
“feel good” workout. If you want a “faster” workout,
I’d recommend “Winsor Pilates” of “Pilates on the Go.”
Still, this workout also has its place in the Pilates world.
I think this was created for people who have had injuries or
are looking for an exercise program which does not strain the
lower back. With that in mind, you will notice a caring attitude
through and lots of detailed explanations you won’t find in
Lynne Robinson is the world’s top-selling Pilates author
and her ability to teach and explain the details shows. She
takes her time explaining all the main exercises and the
principles behind this method of working out. You really focus
on the breathing and positioning.
By the time you have done the Body Control and Weekly
Workouts (three sections), you have a new understanding of the
basics of this holistic approach to exercise.
The first day I did just the Body Control workout and then
the next day I did the entire 75 minutes of the three workouts
called: Weekly Workouts. I think anyone in normal health could
do all 75 minutes. However, you can just do 25 minutes if you
wish. It depends on how fast you want to see results.
Body Control includes: Principles of Pilates, Before you
Begin, Relaxation Position, Lengthening away from Strong Center,
Knee Circles, Stretch the Ham Strings, Stretching the Hip
Flexors, Shoulder Drops, Neck Rolls, Side Rolls, Pillow Squeeze,
Spine Curls, Standing at Ease, Floating Shoulders, Pole Raises,
Waist Twist, Tennis Ball between Ankles, Roll Downs, Curl Ups,
Curl Ups with Towel, Oblique Curl Ups, Static Spine Stretch,
Pelvic Roll Backs, Pillow Squeeze, The Star, Diamond Press, Heel
Kicks, The Cat, Rest Position, Single Leg Stretch, Double Leg
Stretch, Ankle Circle, Stretching Inner Thighs, Feet Mobility,
Arm Openings, Relaxation.
Weekly Workout includes: About the Program, Alignment,
Centering, Breathing, Workout 1, 2, 3, Relaxation.
Relaxation – includes a few minutes of deep relaxation.
Lynne is on a mat surrounded by votive candles. Nice relaxing
Most of the time you will be on a mat flat on your back, but
there are also standing exercises and she even uses weights. You
will need a mat, small cushions, pillows (so comfy), ankle
weights, a scarf, a tennis ball and rolled towel. You don’t
really have to have a tennis ball, but it does help with some of
the exercises. She also uses a bamboo pole, but you could use an
old broomstick. Good thing I had one in the garage.
The exercises are built around the principles of relaxation,
co-ordination, alignment, stamina, concentration, centering,
breathing and flow of movement. You are working the deep
architectural structure of the body and rebalancing your
muscles. You will notice the changes in your posture and
strength within a few weeks. You will start to feel better after
the first session. Your flexibility will increase and you will
just start to feel good all over.
I would recommend this particular Pilates workout for:
Anyone who is new to exercise and wants to try pilates.
Anyone who wants to learn some unique moves. There are
exercises in this workout I had not seen before, and rather
Anyone recovering from injuries which would not appreciate
aerobic type exercises.
Those wishing to prevent and treat osteoporosis.
Those who are under a lot of stress and suffering from
tension type headaches.
Anyone who enjoys quite evening workouts to help them wind
down into a peaceful calm. This really will knock you out. I
mean, it will relax you so much, you will
want to go to sleep.
I don’t recommend this workout for early mornings. I did
the second three workouts in the morning and almost couldn’t
get going even with a big cup of tea. It is just too relaxing
for the morning. Maybe walk on the treadmill in the morning, and
do this workout in the evening.
Gentle Controlled Movements for a Relaxing, Simple and Deeply
~The Rebecca Review