30-Day Guide to a Beginner Pilates Exercise Program

How to Get Started With Pilates at Home

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This beginner Pilates exercise program is designed to help you build a strong foundation in the Pilates method. It is based on the classical exercises developed by Joseph Pilates.

The next 30 days could very well transform your life. You will learn not just what to do, but how to move with the Pilates principles of centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow that make Pilates a body/mind fitness experience.

The exercise instructions include modifications, but it is important that you learn to modify exercises appropriately for yourself, and progress at you own pace. The weekly schedules below are guides only. It is also highly recommended that you support your home practice with Pilates classes.

Joseph Pilates said, "A few well-designed movements properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortions."

Equipment Needed

The Pilates method begins with your body and a mat on the floor. You won't need studio equipment for these exercises. If you don't have a mat, start with a padded surface, but do consider getting a Pilates mat.

Day One

Begin with the Pilates fundamentals set. Mastering these easy exercises is crucial for building good form in the Pilates method. You will get the most benefit from Pilates exercises when you do them correctly.

Next, do the Pilates beginners routine, which is going to launch you right into building core strength and flexibility.

Week 1 (Days 2 through 7)

You can do Pilates every day, but it is quite reasonable to expect good results from scheduling Pilates three to four times per week.

  1. Continue your Pilates fundamentals training.
  2. Continue the Pilates beginners routine.

Week 2

Warm up with the fundamentals and add these exercises:

Move on to the first 10 classic Pilates exercises and the side kick series.

However, if the beginner exercise routine continues to challenge you, stick with it until you are ready to move on.

Week 3

Warm up with the fundamentals and additional exercises chosen from the warm-up list.

Do the first 10 exercises listed in the classic Pilates exercises and add these exercises:

  • Saw
  • Swan prep
  • Sidekick series
  • Leg pull front
  • Pilates push-up

Week 4

Warm up with the fundamentals and additional exercises chosen from the warm-up list.

Do first 10 classic exercises and add:

  • Single straight leg stretch
  • Double leg lower lift
  • Criss-cross
  • Saw
  • Swan with neck roll
  • Sidekick series
  • Teaser with one leg
  • Swimming
  • Leg pull front
  • Seal
  • Pilates push up

You've Completed the 30-Day Beginner Pilates Plan

Now it's time to stretch yourself even further. You can continue to learn more about Pilates at a local studio or through online and video instruction.   It can be helpful to get the guidance of a Pilates instructor to help you perfect your form and get the most out of your home practice.

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