How to Set Up a Pilates Studio at Home?

Pilates is a practice that can be tailored to every body. All you have to do is show up!

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  • March 30, 2024
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Can I Practice Pilates at Home?

I first fell in love with Pilates on the mat. I’ll admit I actually didn’t even know what Pilates was when I went to my first mat class. But, I gave it a go and fell in freaking love with Pilates after my first 100!  You may not know what the Pilates 100 is but I promise after this blog post you will have the tools you need to dive into Pilates without having to step out of your own door (office or home).

From Passion to Practice

When I first discovered Pilates I was just out of college (private college that I paid for myself with loans) and strapped for cash. But I loved the way the practice made me feel during and after. It challenged my muscles in ways I didn’t even know was possible and I was hooked, obsessed and hungry for that feeling every day!  I discovered a place near my house that had a membership, I adjusted my work schedule and I went every single day. Yep, EVERY SINGLE DAY to class. I warned you I was obsessed.

Ultimate Guide to a Thriving Home Practice

But, then life happened. I was transferred to Los Angeles and couldn’t afford that membership and with traffic and my work schedule, I couldn’t get to any classes. Fate is an interesting thing as this was well before PilatesAnytime.com and so I found myself becoming a Pilates instructor to feed my desire for Pilates in my life. I started off teaching the Mat after all this is where I fell in love with Pilates and until this year was teaching up to five or six public classes a week.

Tips for a Successful Home Routine

Now, almost ten years later I find my life in a place I never dreamt of.  Teaching Pilates all over the world and online! And because of technology, I can now help more people like you experience your own Pilates practice. And yes, it is possible to have a fantastic Pilates practice without breaking your bank or having to have a membership to a gym or drive across town.

How to Cultivate Your Perfect Home Practice

Let’s talk about all the things you need to rock a Pilates mat practice at your own home or office:

  1. A Mat! Yes, you can use a yoga mat but they are generally thin and if your floor is hardwood this is not going to be pleasant for the rolling exercises. You can purchase a thicker mat like this one or go super big and buy a real folding mat with the handles and straps. If you are new to Pilates I recommend starting with a thick mat you can roll up and out.
  2. Make a space. You’ll want to easily be able to lay out your mat and then have about an arms distance on either side of the mat to move without hitting anything. Maybe you have to move things around to do this but if you can find a spot that allows you to leave your mat out or easily roll it out you are more likely to keep your practice up.
  3. Schedule it in your life! Often times having a home workout practice doesn’t work because something you can do anytime ends up being done in no time. Take a look at your general schedule and grab a sharpie (yes a sharpie) and schedule in your moments of movement. If you have to move it you’re more likely to put it somewhere else. If it’s not in the schedule, well, out of sight out of mind and body.
  4. Get online! There are some amazing ways to enjoy a consistent home practice (or office practice). Join me weekly for a 30 min mat class that is all levels. Class drops Tuesday 2 pm PST and is up until Thursday 2 pm PST giving you the flexibility to take it anywhere in the world you are and the accountability that a set class time offers.  Sign up for this week’s class here! I also highly recommend PilatesAnytime.com. They have Pilates classes on every apparatus, at every level and with a variety of teachers and length of times. Try them out with my code LLOGAN and enjoy 30 days of free Pilates.
  5. Prop out. Props are great ways to challenge, assist and resist our own bodies. When you have found yourself regularly hitting the mat invest in your self and purchase one or all of the following: Magic Circle, 1 or 2lb weights, a strong Thera-band and a triad ball.
  6. Ask questions! That’s what I am here for. Seriously, if you are struggling with an exercise, a tight spot or simply looking for a good teacher in your area just ask. You can contact me here and we will get you all set up.

Pilates is a practice that can be tailored to every body. All you have to do is show up! When are you going to start showing up on your mat?

xx~LL 

By lesley.logan

Lesley Logan, NCPT, is the founder of OnlinePilatesClasses.com, the first free online catalogue of Pilates exercise tutorial videos, where you can also find weekly online mat classes and workshops. When not teaching from her studio in Los Angeles, Lesley can be found traveling the world leading Pilates retreats, or offering Pilates business coaching to studio owners and other instructors through her private mastermind group. Connect with Lesley on instagram @lesley.logan or through the contact page on this site.

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SUCH A TEASE

ONLINE MAT & REFORMER PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

Teaser is probably one of the most photographed exercises in Pilates. Which makes people think it's a "peak pose." But, it's anything but! It's simply another layer to your Pilates practice. This week we will acknowledge how each exercise contributes to your ability to do Teaser (someday) and then how Teaser teaches you where to get curious in your practice.

On the Mat we will use light weights for one round of Teaser as they can be helpful for those still adding into their practice.
No props on the Reformer.

See you in class,

xx~LL

MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, light weights and a Mat!

>> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a Reformer!

>> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

UP, UP, & AWAY

ONLINE MAT, REFORMER, CADILLAC & WUNDA CHAIR PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

We are all going to feel like Super Humans after this month!!

Whenever I’m in a hard exercise (for me) where I’m holding myself up with my arms and reaching my legs away I picture myself with super human strength!!! I can do ANYTHING! It makes me smile and helps me stay STRONG.

This month our exercise is Up Stretch and when you think about it - reaching your legs away and staying strong over the carriage may feel a lot like flying!

We’ll be focusing on stabilizing our strong cores while staying equally balanced in our arms and legs. We are giving you some amazing building blocks by merging strength and stretch in all directions. You are going to get a little bit of everything that you can use to connect to your Up Stretch (and even your Roll Up and Knee Stretches Off).

Chair: Please have a foam roller and a balance pad available. We are going to challenge your balance safely.

xx-LL

GATHER ROUND

Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

We gather good things in circles…friends, flowers, pie! So let’s get our circles on! In this week’s Mat and Reformer classes we’ll be focusing on how the size and shape of circular work changes how we feel an exercise. We’ll even be adding some circular movements along the way! You won’t need any extra props and please, have your box for the Reformer class.

See you in class,
Tami

MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, and a mat!

>> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, box and a reformer!

>> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

ROW ROW ROW YOUR BOAT

Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

This week we will focus on all things Rowing! How do the other exercises help our rowing series and how does rowing influence the others! Finding the arm/back connection throughout the class is how we will Row Row Row Our Boat to the finish line!

Light hand weights needed for the Mat class!

See you in class,
Mindi

    MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, light hand weights and a mat!

    >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

    REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a reformer!

    >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

    STAND BY ME

    Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

    The key to longevity is being able to get down to the ground and up again with as little assistance as possible. In this weeks class we are going to focus on how to stand in your feet no matter where they are in space.

    On the Mat we will have a playful ending that Joseph Pilates would do!

    The Reformer we’ll end challenging ourselves standing on our carriage. (Options to do the exercises off the Reformer too!)

    No props needed.

    See ya in class,

    xx~LL 💋

    MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a mat!

    >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

    REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a reformer!

    >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

    LOOK MA, NO HANDS!

    Online Mat, Reformer, Cadillac & Wunda Chair Pilates Class Descriptions:

    We’re going to focus on the muscles that help us get up/down to a chair, toilet, in/out of a car, and to the ground without the use of our hands to help.

    As we age, we can lose strength, flexibility, mobility in these leg and core muscles which results in us using our arms and hands to get up and down.

    Let’s keep these bodies as young as we can by practicing getting up and down with only our legs, our center, and our strong back.

    Reformer: No props needed
    Cadillac/Tower: Reformer box
    Mat: Theraband
    Chair: No props needed

    See ya in class,

    xx-LL 💋

    HANG 10

    ONLINE MAT, REFORMER, CADILLAC & WUNDA CHAIR PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

    Grip strength as well as upper body strength plays an important role in so many different exercises throughout the mat and all apparatus. Our grip can influence the connection from our wrists - to our arms - to our back. And building strength in our chest and upper back can help us connect more to our center in every exercise.

    All month long we’ll explore the feeling, the strength, and the position of our hands and upper body to see how our exercises change with a little extra focus. We’ll also play with ways to gain more strength and awareness in our chest and upper back to create even more connections to the exercises.

    Props:
    Chair - short pole* and a foam roller for balance
    *A thicker pole or roll down bar size might feel nice, but no worries you’ll find your connections no matter what you have on hand!
    Mat: a pole
    Reformer: No props needed
    Cadillac: No props needed

    See ya in class,
    xx-LL 💋

    I LOVE ROCK & ROLL UP

    Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

    Finding some love for Roll Up and Open Leg Rocker isn't easy! But, these two exercises unlock the potential for so many other exercises. And what we don't like we often need. So, let's dive into what we need to rock our Roll Ups and Open leg Rockers and see how that changes the rest of our practice in the meantime.

    Mat: Magic Circle, Pole or Theraband
    Reformer: have your shortbox pole near by

    xx~LL

    MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, Magic Circle, Pole or Theraband and a mat!

    >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

    REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, short box and a reformer!

    >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.