Pilates for Busy People like You: Getting Started!

Pilates for Busy People like You: Getting Started!

Video: Pilates in under ten minutes! #1


A full Pilates workout in under ten minutes is a difficult ask.  This is because Pilates is designed as a full body workout.  And to do a full body workout in just ten minutes is a difficult ask!  But we can still cover the bases:

  • bending forwards
  • bending backwards
  • rotation & anti-rotation
  • side bending

and in the various positions:

  • standing & sitting
  • lying on our backs, fronts and sides
  • … and moving between these positions in “transitions”

“Getting Started”


When someone starts at the Pilates Studio, I usually suggest that they just practice for ten minutes.  But everyday.  Yes you heard correctly, everyday.  Initially the objective is to create a habit and so every day has to be the goal.  It’s easy to define and difficult to wriggle out of with an excuse.  Aiming to do “three or four days” is doomed to failure – it’s simply too vague!


Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor.”
— Joseph Pilates


Also, practising everyday helps us to remember and internalise The Foundations – those are the foundations upon which the House of Pilates is built on!


And it’s ten minutes of thinking about ourselves.  It’s ten minutes of doing something for ourselves.

About the workout

Theme: “Getting Started”.

Level: medium.

Pace: flowing rather than deliberate.

Time: less than 9 minutes!

Equipment required: you’ll need a mat.

Exercises: Half Roll Down – Transition to the Mat – Abdominal Curls – Abdominal Curls with Rotation – dynamic Hamstring Stretch – Rolling like a ball – Mini Swan – Bananas  – Alan Herdman’s Rockets – Bridging – Sternum Drop – Transition to Standing

Any questions?

… feel free to leave a comment below, I’ll get back to you ASAP!

… or call …or email 🙂

If you want to dig deeper …

… why not follow our free Pilates Foundations Course?  It’ll really help you understand how to get the absolute best out of these exercises!

Here’s a post telling you all about it:  click here

If you’ve enjoyed this …

… why not book an Assessment Lesson?  More information about the assessment lesson can be found in our dedicated blog post:  click here

Hope to see you soon,


Miguel 🙂

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