10-Minute Basic Pilates Routine

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Take the basic skills you learned in Part 1 and put them to work in this second 10-minute segment from Kristin McGee's DVD, "Pilates for Beginners." A regular Pilates practice will help you sculpt a more toned midsection. The only pieces of equipment you'll need are a mat and an open mind!

  • Length: 10 minutes
  • Equipment: Mat for cushioning (optional)
  • Type of Workout: Pilates (toning) & flexibility
  • Fitness Level: Beginner
  • Impact: No-impact
  • Safety Precautions: A mat will help cushion your body while lying on the floor. Always work at your own pace and level, using modifications whenever necessary.

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Member Comments

  • Hey SparkPeople, thanks for making me watch a commercial for Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls before I can see the workout video! What a joke! - 11/17/2015 2:21:58 PM
  • tried it for the 10 minutes and i was pretty good and you can feel it in your legs and stomach when i was finished will try another one tomarrow night. need to get rid of the stomach fat. - 7/30/2015 11:46:15 PM
  • How about a few modifications? Lifting the legs that high can put a strain on the lower back. Also, anyone with shoulder problems cannot do those arm circles. - 7/21/2015 10:44:54 AM
  • I like this as a stretching video. I'm 278 with back issues and knees issues and I feel great at the end of this workout! - 9/29/2014 6:51:34 PM
  • probably the most ungraceful thing I have done in awhile but at 260 what do you expect. I did it...and I will do it again. why? because I am worth it. yeah baby! - 9/26/2014 2:36:51 PM
  • A lovely exercise routine! Especially after a cardio workout. I enjoyed it. Instructions were simple and easy to follow. - 8/11/2014 6:58:20 AM
  • I love this Pilates exercise,I could do this everyday,thanks for sharing. - 7/12/2014 11:50:29 AM
  • Will try this. I usually do some core exercises after 10 mins.of cardio. This seems more organised than what I do. I am an old turtle and this just my pace. Thanks. - 7/6/2014 3:55:46 PM
  • Phew ! Thanks BettyMCL... I thought I was alone out there. - 7/6/2014 1:18:24 PM
  • i am not heavy .. but to get down on the floor at 71,,is something i have not done in yrs. how about some older people exercises. betty - 7/5/2014 11:24:27 PM
  • This girl is obviously young, thin and able. I am older, fat and unable. It would be encouraging to people like myself to see someone in our condition doing these exercises along with her to encourage us to try- though even the simplest of leg raises is so painful and difficult.

    Thanks Discouraged.
    - 7/5/2014 3:50:38 PM
  • This one I liked! I will do this again. Thank you SparkPeople for offering this. I have always loved Kristin McGee (sp?) - 6/29/2014 9:24:39 PM
  • For one compllaining about the commercials how do you think you get spark people for FREE - 5/31/2014 6:06:44 AM
  • Ahem- to view the video, you need to place your cursor inside the "black box" and then click on the play icon...grrrr back atcha..lol - 5/28/2014 11:55:23 PM
  • First, a commercial, then the video didn't work. Not acceptable. - 5/28/2014 12:20:56 PM