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How Do I Make The Best Use Of Pilates Dvds?
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Pilates makes the perfect at-home workout because it can be done anywhere with a flat surface, and all you need is a good mat. With this, Pilates workout DVDs have become one of the most in-demand fitness DVDs over the past decade.

Below are a few tips to make the best out of your Pilates workouts at home.

Learn with an Instructor First Ok, I know I’m contradicting myself here, but the point is, you have to get the basics right first before you start to DIY. What you have learned from your Pilates class with an instructor will supplement your Pilates workouts at home. Some would rather go for beginner Pilates DVDs, and it’s up to your preference, but my recommendation from my own experience, is to learn the basic principles with an instructor first.

Pick a DVD that is Suitable for You What is your current skill level in Pilates? Are you a beginner, intermediate or more advanced? How many minutes can you commit each day for your fitness routine? The key is to assess these first, then check out Pilates DVD reviews online. Best-sellers don’t necessarily mean they are suitable to your needs. From the reviews, find out the length of the workout, the focus of the workout (total body workout is the best), the pace, and whether the instructor gives proper breath cueing and demonstration throughout the workout.

If your daily commitment is only 20-minutes, for example, you may want to choose a DVD that allows you to mix and match workouts of 10 to 20 minutes in length. Another important factor is that you have to find an instructor that you would love listening to. The personality of the instructor is very crucial because you will end up chucking aside those DVDs if you find the instructor uninteresting. 

Set a Specific Time of the Day to Workout When you have made a commitment to exercise, make sure to stick with it. Find your preferred or most available time of the day to workout. If you schedule your exercise by giving priority to your day-to-day events, you’ll end up going with the flow and never be able to stick to your routine. Personally, I find early mornings or late in the evenings the ideal time that allows me to keep my routine intact.

Switch Up Your Routine Pilates focuses more on body conditioning. To have a more balanced fitness regime, it’s best to alternate it with a form of cardio exercise, like jogging or swimming, about 3 times a week. And also, switch between 2 to 3 Pilates DVDs to keep your workouts interesting. It’s boring to be doing the same routine everyday, and your body will become used to it, slowing down the results.

Increase the Challenge You’ve probably heard people saying about strength training exercise that you have to “increase the repetitions” and “increase the weights” as you progress. In Pilates, advancement is not about increasing the repetitions, but more about how you perform more effectively using your powerhouse (the core muscles that consist of abdominals, obliques and the back) and how you perform with ease each movement as you progress. If you have been working out to the beginner DVD for 6 months and it has become too easy, it’s time to move on to a DVD with an intermediate skill level. Don’t be afraid to up your challenge, your body will thank you for that.

Pilates workout with DVDs at home can be as effective as enrolling in a class if you do it the proper way, and keep your workouts interesting to stay motivated.

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