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Remote Pilates: what do you need & what you get…

Lockdown v2 and Your Pilates practice.

As we prepare to enter lockdown v2 and take our lives back online, here are some of the things that you need to for your online Pilates practice, but first a little time to reflect on Pilates and the philosophy underlying Joe’s incredible exercise method.


“Physical fitness can neither be acquired by wishful thinking nor by outright practice.”


The Philosophy of self-sufficiency and self-discipline interwoven in Joseph Pilates’ exercise method.

Joe Pilates had a tough life, but was focussed his whole life on developing his method:

  • POW for almost all of WW1 on the Isle of Man.  This is when he really started to focus on his method.
  • Professional boxer in interwar Germany.  He used his method to help train boxers in fitness.
  • Emigrated to the US to start a new life from scratch.  Started his own Pilates’ Gym in New York.
  • Wrote a book called “Return to Life” in 1945 showing you his matwork exercises for you to practice at home.
  • He spent a lifetime developing his system but, when things were tough, he never gave up!
  • He encouraged people to work on their own and practice, practice, practice to get the system “into the body”.


What do you get when you do remote video Pilates lessons?

You’ll get homework with video support.  I’ll tell you which videos to watch and which exercises (and sequences to practice) between lessons.  Your practice will be turbo-charged as you learn more and more and master ever more challenging exercises for your body!


What do you need for online Pilates lessons?


Internet and a computer with webcam and sound. Think laptop or tablet. Phones can be made to work, but rarely successfully. For a phone, you’ll need a tripod.

Space enough that you can lie down and I can see you front head to foot.

Sufficient light. Preferable with the light shining on you (from a window, if possible) with the webcam between the light source and you.

You’ll need a mat, especially for rolling exercises. A good thick mat made with Pilates in mind, is best. A thick carpet can work – but a bruised spine is very painful and can take a long time to heal! Prices vary from £18 – £1000 for a “high Mat” equipped with straps and handles.

I have two mats (£15) that are just thick enough if you’re on a thickish carpet. Call me if you’re interested.


Half essential

Magic Circle can add a great many possibilities and variety to your workout. I’d almost say that it’s a “must have”. They aren’t expensive: $20-30. The metal ones are better, but cost about $60 – $70…



Therabands, balls: large and small. Useful, but not essential.

Weights? They need to be light (0.5 or 1kg), they aren’t for lifting, but for challenging your spine – You can try a tin of beans instead!

Something to look forward to … Mat Pilates vs Reformer Pilates: which is best? Blog post explaining it the differences and similarities all by next week!

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