I know, I know–Pilates isn’t yoga. Totally different thing.
And while you’re right about that, I still wanted to include some great Pilates DVDs because, truth be told, I love Pilates just as much as I love yoga.
And if you’ve never benefited from the powerful core work that Pilates involves, then you’re in for a treat.
Here are a few selections of Pilates DVDs that you can try to see if you like Pilates. I’m only including Pilates DVDs that anyone can do with just a mat.
There are several wild contraptions that Pilates uses which most people don’t happen to have lying around the house.
If you’re interested in learning more, take a class at a Pilates studio and you’ll encounter sinister-looking torture devices that actually help you build your core muscles in a very low-impact manner.
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- Pilates Complete for Everyone
Here is the mother of all Pilates DVDs. Four hours of Pilates workouts for one low price. The routines pull from classic Pilates methodology, which prescribes a certain set of exercises that those with previous Pilates experience will instantly recognize.
- Pilates for Beginners and Beyond DVD Set
This 3-disc set covers the fundamentals of Pilates mat work from several different angles. If you don’t know anything about Pilates, then you can start here to get a thorough grounding. I will warn you, however–if you’re already an experienced yoga practitioner or have any experience at all with Pilates already, then you’ll want to look elsewhere for a more interesting–and difficult–Pilates DVD.
- 10 Minute Solution – Pilates Perfect Body
This DVD targets everything; core, arms, legs, glutes, silhuette and finishes off with stretches. It’s good for all levels and who doesn’t want a 10 minute solution? If you want some quick results, although I wouldn’t count on only 10 minutes a day creating some, this DVD is a good one for you.
- 101 Ways to Work Out on the Ball – Sculpt Your Ideal Body With Pilates, Yoga, and More
The name sais it all. Get yourself a ball and get to it! If you’re practicing pilates you probably have one already, and if you don’t definitely go out and get one as you can do an infinite (101) number of moves on it to get toned and fit. I especially like to do my abs routine on the ball as it is much easier on the back.
And if you are into the contraptions, well, here is one that I like because it does a lot of stretching and massaging while getting your core muscles stronger.
I’m a huge fan of massages, so this one is a great one for me! It’s pretty comfortable and super easy to use, and targets all the hard-to-reach core muscle groups, like your traps, lats, glutes and transverse abdominals, inner and outer thighs.
I find it to be a funky extra to my workouts.