How To Practice Pilates At Home

How To Practice Pilates At Home

It’s one of the most common questions you get asked as a Pilates instructor.

What Pilates exercises can I do at home?

And that’s great to be so motivated that you want to practice Pilates at home, but there’s one big issue that keeps on presenting itself and prevents people from doing any personal Pilates practice at home.


After working with hundreds of people over the last 10 years, we've seen people be successful in achieving lifetime fitness and health and many people who don’t.

The people who do succeed, have an open mindset about what they need to do to get results and make changes in their daily habits, then take action and practice these new habits over and over until they become an automatic action that you look forward to every day.

The people who DON’T succeed have a fixed mindset about what they are willing to change to get the results they want. They might start off with good intentions and really, really want the results, but until daily habits change, lifetime success won’t happen.

Joseph Pilates created the Mat Exercises specifically for people to be able to practice his exercise method at home at no cost. But he also knew that people needed to be encouraged and motivated to do personal practice. Here are Joseph’s tips on how to practice Pilates at home:

“Rome was not built in a day.”

“Patience and perseverance are vital qualities.”

“Practice your exercises diligently with the fixed and unalterable determination that you will permit nothing else to sway you.”

“At times you might feel tempted to take a night off. Don’t succumb to this momentary weakness of indecision, or rather wrong decision.”  

“Make up you mind to that you will perform Contrology(Pilates) for 10 minutes per session without fail”

“Once you travel along this Contrology(Pilates) road to health, you’ll subconsciously lengthen your trips from 10-20 minutes before you even realize it.”

What Joseph and Pilates Plus are on total agreement with is that to truly practice Pilates, you don’t need to be an expert and know every single nuance of the exercise, that will come with time and practice.

And you don’t have to spend hours and hours on this either. Creating the daily habit of just 10 minutes of pure, focused attention is all it takes get results.

Like any new habit, it requires a lot of self discipline in the beginning and a willingness to change.

So step one in creating a personal Pilates practice is setting aside 10 minutes each day, every day to do any type of Pilates focus. It could be stretching, it could be just breathing and engaging your center. What you do is dependent on where you are at in your Pilates journey.

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