We’ve finally launched our quick and efficient workouts on YouTube taught by our very own Amy Nosowitz. Amy has been teaching pilates in LA for the past few years and we thought it would be fun to create some easy workouts under 15 minutes for you to do at home.
If you’ve ever tried Pilates, you’ve probably done the Series of Five. It is a quick, challenging core work-out that is included in any mat class as well as most reformer classes. It is very effective and easy to remember, so you can do it at home or almost anywhere! I will break it down for you so you can try it for the first time or so you can remember the exact exercises from the class you took.
1. Single Leg Stretch:
What it works – Single leg stretch works the abdominals, stretches the hip and challenges coordination.
How to do it – Start with both knees into your chest. Lift your head and chest. Take your outside hand on the shin near the ankle and your inside hand on your shin near the knee of one leg. Pull that leg deeper into your chest while stretching the other leg out on the high diagonal (You can go lower for more of a challenge if your core is strong enough and your lower back stays down into the mat). Switch legs. Continue for 10 sets.
The Breath – Inhale Hold start position. Exhale pull the knee deeper into your chest for a hip stretch. Inhale switch legs. Exhale Pull knee into chest and stretch other leg to high diagonal.
2. Double Leg Stretch:
What it works – Double leg stretch works the abdominals. Read more
“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”
– Joseph Pilates
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a full body work out that focuses on six key principles: control, centering, concentration, precision, breath and flow. It is a system of exercises created by Joseph Pilates (1883-1967) to strengthen the body, increase flexibility, improve posture and enhance the mind-body connection. Joseph Pilates used this method to cure his own physical ailments, rehab war veterans and then to train boxers, athletes and dancers. He created many apparatuses to help move the body into the proper position for his exercises and to add resistance using springs.
What makes Pilates different than other forms of exercise?