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Corona Virus, Distance Learning and Your Pilates Practice

Your Online Pilates Practice

… a virtual studio!

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I don’t know about Corona-virus but I do know about health and movement. Staying cooped up in a confined space is bad for the mind and body, so our daily Pilates practice is, more important than ever!

We will almost inevitably be going virtual because I think this is going to be with us a long time.  In the meantime, let’s get everything ready so that we can continue with our lives in a positive and forward thinking way.

More and more people are working from home (WFH) and more and more activities are being done by distance rther than in real life (IRL). Friends and colleagues in China have spent weeks in their homes doing their daily Pilates practice and this has served as a real inspiration!

But it’s not just about the risk of falling ill with the virus, there are loads of advantages of having your lesson online:

  • you don’t need to catch a train or a bus or get in your car;
  • find parking find change for parking;
  • worry about traffic;
  • you don’t now need to live close to the studio;
  • you can even keep a video recording of your lesson!

You can have your lessons even from a foreign country (welcome back Kelly and Marion)

It might take a bit of time to get your system up and running the first time but once it’s set up, it will work seamlessly. Trust me, I’ve been having lessons online for years now and that’s why I have teachers as far away as Los Angeles and in London . In fact, believe you me, online workouts are more challenging than face to face and I get a video recording of it.

If you want a discount: get five friends to buy a package and you get yours for free!

We could even do group classes!

What about the future?


Being out of our comfort zone means we’re not in control and not being in control causes stress.

So this is what we are going to do:

  1. Me. I’m going to continue teaching in and from the studio until we’re all confined to home.
  2. You.  You’re going to get your device and your space prepared at home.  In the meantime you can decide if you want face to face or a Virtual Lesson.

How to get started with Zoom

Click “play” to watch the video.

Technical things to consider

Test your internet.  It might be worth while plugging in your device to the router so that it works faster.

You need a device.  Mobile phone, iPad, tablet, laptop, computer provided it’s got a camera and speakers you’re set to go. I find that most computers or telephones don’t have sufficient audio for distance so I’ve always found that the best way of getting decent audio for you to hear me is by attaching  either speakers or by cable your computer to . Experiment…

Installing software:  You’ll need to install either Skype or Zoom.  Zoom is better.  If we’re using Zoom, before our session I’ll send you a link by email that you need to click on on to access our virtual space.

Organise in your space for your mat. If you don’t have a mat tell me and I’ll see if I can sort one out for you.


Set up your space

  • A sideways view of you is best.
  • You’ll need a Pilates mat – or two Yoga mats.
  • Wear clothes that contrast with the background.
  • Background lighting gives a good profile / silhouette view.  Foreground lighting is much better.
  • Richard Downey
    Posted at 09:40h, 17 March Reply

    Hi Miguel. I haven’t used my Skype in a long time and am having some difficulty getting it to work. Can I use the free version of Zoom which seems to have a 40 minute limit or do I need to buy a paid subscription.
    This is well timed as I expect to be in the stay at home category from the weekend. I am seeing Phil at 11.30 today but expect to be able to get to you for 1.00

    • Miguel Bengoa
      Posted at 11:08h, 17 March Reply

      Hi Richard, thanks for getting in touch! The Zoom free version restricts time to 40 minutes on Group Calls and I understand that the charge is levied only for the host – that would be me.

      So we should be good to go! Have a look at the screen-cast in the video to see how to get started with Zoom.

      I hope that helps!

      Miguel 🙂

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