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How to Vary Your Pilates Workouts

10 Ways to Keep your Pilates Workouts Interesting

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Updated March 23, 2009

Here are some ideas for varying your Pilates workouts so that they remain safe, balanced, effective and interesting:
  1. Mix it up – go to classes, but add in working out at home with DVDs or Books.
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  2. Add new equipment to your mat work.

  3. Make up a new home workout for yourself.
    See, How to Create Your Own Workout
    Be sure to include warm up exercises. Also, be aware of counter balancing your exercises. Example: balance forward flexion with back extension exercises.
    Quick Pilates Workout 1 is a good example of a balanced workout you can do at home.

    Examples of forward flexion exercises:
    Examples of extension exercises:

  4. Do a day of serious focus on the Pilates Principles.

  5. Follow #4 with a day of pulling those principles into creating more flow in a challenging workout.
    20 Core Minutes of Pilates or The First 10 Classics

  6. Explore Pilates Combined with Yoga

  7. Try working out with a magic circle(exercise ring, fitness circle).
    There are many varieties of Pilates magic circles. Magic Circles often come with a DVD of sample exercises. Find some Magic Circles:
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  8. Workout with a friend. Workout at home, or many studios offer an expanded version of a private, called a "duet". Don't be afraid to ask - duet workouts are quite common in Pilates.

  9. Sign up for private instruction. Privates are a bit more money but very worthwhile. I highly recommend them.

  10. Try out a new studio or style of Pilates.
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