Pilates at home!

Pilates at home!

A few years back, I bought a women’s fitness magazine that came with a ‘Pilates at Home’ DVD. Up until then, I had never tried Pilates despite everyone raving about the local classes and my sister inviting me to join her on one of them almost every week. So was my determination that Pilates are an easy workout, that once I started watching the DVD I bursted into laughter as I found it a little too gentle, thinking this surely will not have any drastic effect on my body (amateur, I know!). Only to wake up the next day with aching, sore muscles and a core that, well, had never felt so strong, ever again!

Pilates for beginners at home

But before I start getting into more details about my fitness routine and Pilates at home, I thought I’d give you an overview of my fitness so far. I have never been an extremely fit person, you know someone who loyal attend gym classes, workout 3 times per week and keep an eye on their diet. During high school, I used to run and I was a javelin thrower in the local sports team. It was part of my weekly training to run miles, optimise my javelin throwing technique and do particular weight lifting exercises that could help me get stronger just on time for the races season. I was strong and fit; I was working out 6 days per week and even won a few golden medals. Once I moved to another city for my University studies, I lost my routine and I got busy with a few occasional runs along the beach here and there, but that was really all it was. As time went by and the first examination period was approaching, I completely gave up altogether. With my workout routine and discipline tailing off, I lost any muscles and stamina I’d worked so hard to gain during a decade or so of hard training in the field, and this is something I regret up until today.

Pilates for beginners at home

Fast forward to today, and I have tried Pilates at home and in classes a few too many times to gather that it is certainly one of the most pleasant and effective workouts to shape your muscles, and strengthen your core and base, at a short time period. As a matter of fact, it takes a mere 30 minutes workout, 2-3 times per week before eventually noticing a liner figure. Not bad for someone who dislikes intense HIIT workouts as much as dogs dislike cats.

Years went by since then, and with my time spent between studying/working/moving countries and cities, I completely lost touch with fitness. I don’t know if it is my luck or genes, or however you’d like to call it, but I am extremely grateful for not gaining any weight at all these years despite the shock I put my body through with the massive lack of exercise. In 2013, I move to Hillhead student accommodations in Aberdeen and with what having Seaton park nearby, I felt the need to start running again, and so I did every Saturday morning. It wasn’t anything drastic, but it was something and I was pretty chuffed the first time I run a 5k! Then in 2014, I got a gym membership, with hindsight, I needed a bit of confidence to take this step, so last year’s runs had definitely provided me with the strength to do so. And in 2015, I started cycling to my everyday 6k commute along with my evening classes, and it all fall into place again. My body felt revived and strong, so much that I decided to take the bikini body workout (aka BBG) 12 weeks challenge by Kayla Itsines one of the toughest workouts I have done ever in my life! I still remember the frustration during week 1 of the BBG as I was feeling completely unfit and incapable of completing the Series. Little did I know that not only I’d be in a position to complete the BBG but also that I’d repeat it next year (here’s my post sharing my thoughts while being on week 3).

Anyways, I’ve been sidetracked once again! Back to Pilates at home and my fitness routine. These past months, I’ve been feeling slugging and that I have become one with the sofa and office chair as I spent the majority of my day sitting, that I decided it was time for some changes. I got the good old Pilates at home DVD and resistance bands out of their box, lay flat my yoga mat and started, steadily and slowly this time, without any expectations whatsoever, to do the exercises. As in today, I am a month into my Pilates at home routine and I couldn’t feel happier with my decision and body!

I’ve had a few questions about my Pilates workouts since I am posting about them on my Instagram Stories, so I figured it was about time I sit down and write a Blog post with it all…

PILATES AT HOME- WHY PILATES?

I was thinking how to justify my choice of workout the other day. Aside from the obvious results I see on my body and spirits since starting Pilates, I felt I needed more to inspire others to start, until I came upon this Pinterest quote:

piLates

MOtivates

moVes

hEals

Pilates is not just a way to keep your body moving, it is also a way to show your body how much you love it by providing the right support to each muscle group. It is the kind of workout that anyone can take up on regardless of age, fitness and body weight. And this is exactly why I love it! You might not see quick results, or as quick as when doing HIIT workouts, since Pilates exercises look gentle and less intense than weight lifting and squatting, but they are strenuous and are designed to help you build a strong body from inside out!

PILATES AT HOME- EXERCISES

To be accountable for keeping up with my weekly fitness workouts and to not come up with any last minute excuses, I write down on my Calendar what classes I am supposed to do each week and try to have different variations of them so that I don’t get bored. I sourced all of my workouts from Youtube and made a :: HOME WORKOUTS :: playlist if you want to have a look and follow some of them!

I do these workouts 3 times per week and my routine looks a bit like this –

MONDAY:: Pilates for beginners

TUESDAY:: Dog walk / slow walk

WEDNESDAY:: Fat burning HIIT Pilates

THURSDAY:: 4 miles walk to Hazlehead Park with Cruz

FRIDAY:: Barre sculpting workout  (this is a killing workout, at the first 5′ I was ready to give up, but I am so glad I managed to get through it!)

WEEKENDS:: I tend to set these days aside for rest and leisure activities.

MY SPORTS GEAR

Pilates for beginners at home
I like wearing relaxed, loose, cotton pieces that do not restrict any movement and let my skin breathe freely. Some of my favourite pieces from JDWilliams are linked here. These capri leggings are lifesavers, not only they let me stretch as much as I like, but they are also the comfiest piece of clothing to wear for when working from home. I cannot stress the importance of a good t-shirt and bra when working out and this colourflul, non-wired bra is my favourite at the moment (and next to the list of things I need to buy)!
Pilates for beginners at home

Like I mentioned, I go on long dog walks with Cruz so a slim-fit jacket with a hoodie is pretty much my everyday wear. This particular one gets some extra points because it is black so I can match it with jeans and wear it even when popping to the shops. As for footwear, I like wearing soft trainers that are classic and don’t make me look like I just came out of the gym. These Adidas Daily 2.0 in pink do the trick for me just right! As a matter of fact they have grown on me so much that I cannot wait to wear them with summer dresses when the temperatures will be a bit more appropriate 🙂

A FEW MORE TIPS!

1// Don’t push yourself from the first day, be gentle and patient. Rome wasn’t build in a day!

2// Set some realistic goals and reward yourself once you reach them. The first day I started Pilates/working out again, I told myself that I’d be happy if I manage to complete the workout and give my best but won’t beat myself if I don’t. Reassuring myself that it’s OK if I don’t reach 100% of what I can made me calmer and more confident.

3// Don’t buy expensive gym clothes in the first month. See how your weekly progress goes and if everything seem to fall into the right place then make the investment. I only have 3 pairs of leggings and do not intent to buy any more until I reach the 6 months mark.

4// Do not compare yourself to others and especially do not get into the Instagram comparison trap. We all have unique, different bodies. Embrace and love what you have because it really is one in the world! 🙂

5// Stick to your routine. Being committed to your weekly calendar is more important than giving your 100% effort during the workout. As long as you keep your body moving on a weekly basis then the rest will follow.

6// If you have never tried Pilates before I strongly encourage you to do so! Remember, if you start this week, that’s 100% more workouts that you did last week, and that is your win!

Have you tried Pilates at home?

What is your workout regime, I’d be curious to know!

Anastasia

*This post is in collaboration with JDWilliams but all opinions expressed are mine. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Natbee’s happen!

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Anastasia is passionate about exploring new places, meeting people, lingering over dinners, hearing stories, petting dogs and studying Science! She holds a Doctorate in Biophysics and when not working in the laboratory she loves baking chocolate cakes and going on long dog walks with her puppy, Cruz.

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28 Comments

  1. February 7, 2019 / 3:44 pm

    I’ve never tried Pilates at home but yes an awful lot of stretching, which I love. Last year I went to a couple of yoga classes in Edinburgh and I’m really looking forward to committing with it again 🙂

    • Anastasia
      Author
      February 11, 2019 / 3:27 pm

      Definitely worth giving it a go! X

  2. Nicole
    February 7, 2019 / 7:02 pm

    After 13 years of participating in the pilates classes at my local gym, I can guarantee you that this is the way forward. Gentle at times and as harsh as it should be at others, it really makes your body firmer and much younger. Keep it up!

    Nicole
    x

    • Anastasia
      Author
      February 11, 2019 / 3:28 pm

      They are brilliant, aren’t they? X

  3. February 8, 2019 / 12:02 pm

    I have really let my Pilates routine slack since I joined the gym (I couldn’t justify Pilates class on top of gym membership), ironically, and I know I have lost a lot of core strength. But I have no excuse, I do own the 10 minute solutions Pilates box set, there is no reason not to do it from home, like you say it really doesn’t take much effort, just habit and diligence! I would also like to get some resistance bands, thanks for motivating me Anastasia! I do believe it helps your posture and overall being so much. There is a barre workout on Amazon Prime I have been meaning to try also, they scare me a bit! 🙂 xx

    • Anastasia
      Author
      February 11, 2019 / 3:29 pm

      Hm, intrigued by the barre workout 🤔 I love barre so I’ll have a look into it! Thank you Steff x

  4. Gemma Etc.
    February 9, 2019 / 8:17 pm

    I really want to try Pilates this year, it looks like the perfect fitness routine for the comfort of your own home xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

    • Anastasia
      Author
      February 11, 2019 / 3:29 pm

      Definitely, please follow one of the workouts I suggest and let me know how it goes x

  5. February 10, 2019 / 6:38 am

    I love working out at home! I took my boyfriend to a Pilates class once and he thought it was going to be so easy. Let’s just say the joke was on him! 😛
    xxx Lauren | http://www.laurencarmen.com

    • Anastasia
      Author
      February 13, 2019 / 9:19 pm

      I can feel his surprise as I thought the same too! I thought it was an easy type of workout like yoga, little did I know…:)

  6. February 10, 2019 / 8:04 pm

    Ooh I’ve just been diagnosed with scoliosis and recommended that I do some yoga or pilates and I hadn’t got the first clue so this post is super handy- thank you!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • Anastasia
      Author
      February 13, 2019 / 9:20 pm

      I am so glad I can be of help Soph and so sorry to hear about your scoliosis, I hope you manage to get better with these workouts x

  7. February 10, 2019 / 9:52 pm

    I love pilates! It’s a great workout. I’m a runner but I had a bad fall just under two years ago and sprained my ankle (badly). I couldn’t run on it for nearly 4 months afterward and I did pilates exercises while I was trying to strengthen my ankle again. It works really well and I was always so surprised at how sore it made me! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Anastasia
      Author
      February 13, 2019 / 9:22 pm

      This sounds like a nightmare, so sorry! I am not a natural runner even though I try to push myself and do it. Pilates work better for me, so glad you like them too x

  8. February 11, 2019 / 12:20 am

    Pilates is cool 🙂

    • Anastasia
      Author
      February 13, 2019 / 9:22 pm

      A great workout, right?

  9. February 11, 2019 / 10:24 am

    Thanks for sharing this with us!
    xx
    Sarah

    • Anastasia
      Author
      February 13, 2019 / 9:23 pm

      I am glad you liked it!x

    • Anastasia
      Author
      February 13, 2019 / 9:23 pm

      Barre is amazing, love it equally as much as pilates! x

  10. February 11, 2019 / 3:21 pm

    Great tips and it reminds me also that I wanted to try to do more Pilates and Yoga at home 🙂
    You look fabulous in your workout wear by the way 😉 ♥

    xxx
    Tina

    https://styleappetite.com

    • Anastasia
      Author
      February 13, 2019 / 9:23 pm

      Aww thanks Tina, thats so kind of you! I hope you get back on the pilates train and enjoy it x

  11. February 11, 2019 / 9:26 pm

    I’m not someone who likes going to a gym but I have been looking for new ways to move and tone my body. Pilates isn’t something I’ve ever tried, which is a bit sad considering my mom actually teaches it. I really love the idea of having a weekly schedule of different workouts, and thank you so much for sharing your home workout playlist! Your tips are really inspiring and I think this is something I going to slowly try!

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

    • Anastasia
      Author
      February 13, 2019 / 9:24 pm

      Aww thanks Kara! I thought if I can only inspire one person, I ‘ll be very happy 🙂
      Thats amazing that your mum is a pilates teacher, I’d totally take advantage of her classes! x

  12. February 12, 2019 / 6:33 am

    I’ve heard of such amazing things about pilates from other women. I’ve never actually tried it myself, btu have been really wanting to pick it up along with boxing.

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    • Anastasia
      Author
      February 13, 2019 / 9:25 pm

      If you have some time today please try one of the workouts I suggest in the post, I hope you’ll like it!x

  13. February 12, 2019 / 2:48 pm

    How lovely + convenient you can do this all at home! Pilates has so many amazing benefits!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Anastasia
      Author
      February 13, 2019 / 9:25 pm

      Its my most fav workout, thanks Ashley xx

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