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How to make Pilates cheaper

How to make Pilates cheaper

In the post “Why is Pilates so Expensive?” I looked at reasons why Pilates is much more expensive than other forms of exercise methods.  But it is possible to make your Pilates practice more economical that it appears at first sight.
You will need to be more independent, but not only will you get so much more out of the lessons, you’ll definitely be making your money go further.

Create a Community: duet or group lessons

With friends or colleagues you can share the cost of lessons.  In a Duet Lesson you’ll still get individualised attention, though not as much as in a one on one lesson.  Similarly, working in a small group provides camaraderie and support.

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Work Quickly At the Start – then think progression!

Commit to learning and assimilating the Fundamental Principles & Elementary Exercises quickly and then choose one or more of these practice modalities:

  • Join a group class: this will give you volume of practice which is important – you need to “feel” Pilates in your body, and some volume is very important fort this.
  • Practice in the studio alone in Self-Access sessions.  This will really challenge your understanding of what you are doing.
  • Work at home doing invaluable pre-pilates exercises and The Matwork.

Complement the above with once weekly One on One lessons…

Then: Commit to your Health


Think of this approach like an education, rather than just an exercise session.  One key way to underline this way of thinking is to have clear, specific and well defined goals.  So, instead of generalised goals such as: “I want to tone up my abdominals” – you might want to cast it in Pilates terms: “Inside of three weeks, I want to master the Mat abdominal series: One Hundred, Single Leg Stretch, Double Leg Stretch, Single Straight Leg Stretch, Double Straight Leg Stretch and Crisscross… performing them all with flow and precision”.  This reflect clear commitment to a goal.  What will need to come next is how we’re going to attain that goal.

  • Commit and never miss a lesson – missing lessons means that not only do you forfeit the fee, but also that you become demoralised as progress becomes slower.
  • Complement your Pilates practice with other activities that promote health: swimming, running, cycling, dance, Crossfit, diet & nutrition – anything that floats your boat!


Purchasing Tactics

  • Buy in bulk: eight or more lessons are cheaper than less.
  • Combine one on one lessons with group work.  This means that you’l get so much more out of your group work.
  • Apply all the Principles of Pilates to Everyday Life so that they become second nature when you are in the studio, or at home practising.


Use Media Resources

There is Pilates everywhere.  But it can be a bit of a mixed bag.  Here is a short bibliography of resources that can be trusted.

  • “Pilates Anytime” – without a shadow of a doubt, is the biggest and best online resource fore anyone interested in studying Pilates.
    • 2,800+ Videos to Help Guide You: individual exercises, workshops, seminars and lessons for all levels, ages and body types.
    • Learn With Globally recognised teachers.
    • New Classes Added Daily.
    • Join A Pilates Community.
    • All schools represented: Balanced Body, PoleStar, Alan Herdman’s, BASI, STOTT, Romana’s Pilates …  – there are 50 listed!
    • Streaming HD Quality on all Devices.
  • Read Books: find them second hand on Amazon – or ask me if you can borrow one – these, amongst others, are all in the studio library!
    • “The Pilates Directory” Alan Herdman
    • “Pilates: Creating the Body You Want”  Alan Herdman & Anna Selby
    • “Pilates” Rael Isacowitch
    • “Pilates Anatomy” Rael Isacowitch
    • “Centered” Madeline Black
    • “Fascia in Motion” Elizabeth Larkam
    • “Dynamic Alignment through Imagery Eric Franklin
    • “Pilates for Men” Daniel Lyon
    • “Pilates’ Body Conditioning” Anna Selby & Alan Herdman
    • “The Pilates Body” Brooke Siler
    • “The Woman’s Health Big Book of Pilates” Brooke Siler
    • “Anatomy of Movement” Blandine Calais-Germain
    • “Anatomy of Movement: the exercises” Blandine Calais-Germain
    • “Pilates Without Risk” Blandine Calais-Germain & Bertrand Raison
  • Watch YouTube videos.  These listed are all respected sources!
    • Andrea Maida – Classical Pilates
    • Lesley Logan – Classical Pilates
    • BASI Pilates / Rael Isacowitch – Contemporary Pilates
    • Jean Claude Nelson – Classical & performance orientated
    • John Garey TV – Contemporary Pilates STOTT


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