Get Fit With Me: Pilates Style

by Brittany on October 20, 2012

Happy Saturday friends!

This is coming to you a bit late this morning.  I decided to sleep in.  After 3 hours at my hair salon, I was exhausted last night.  #sleepdoesabodygood

Today let’s chat pilates.  I’ll be honest.  I have a love/ hate relationship with pilates.  

I used to have workouts that left me huffing and puffing with sweat dripping off of me to feel like I had “worked out”.  That is why I hated pilates.  Even though my muscles were screaming at me, I didn’t sweat… at least not like I did when I was running or doing HIIT.

After taking time off of high intensity workouts, I have come to value my pilates sessions.  They really do work!  I thought I would turn into a ball of mush after not doing burpees and all that craziness.  Pilates has kept me strong and lean through all of this.  That is where the love part comes in!

My all time favorite pilates DVD:

10 Minute Solutions Pilates Perfect Body with Suzanne Bowen.  My sis, Jennifer, gifted this to me years ago.

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Suzanne is in Nashville.  I want to drive down and take a class of her’s sometime!

Other than that, my pilates love goes to Blogilates.

I love Cassey’s infectious attitude.  Plus, I end up sweating in some of her workouts!  She also has some HIIT workouts on there for you to do to get your heart rate up.  

My all time favorite Blogilates videos:

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Pop Pilates:

Butt Blaster

Beginner Inner Thighs

Perky Butt and Long Lean Legs

Bikini Bod 1 & 2

Bikini Bootcamp

Summer Slimdown 1 & 2

Pilates Bootcamp:

Kill That Muffin Top

Total Body Toning

You can also check out my favorite ab workouts of her’s on my GFWM abs post.

If pilates isn’t your thing, feel free to check out my other Get Fit With Me posts.

Low Impact Workouts

Abs and Core

Yoga

YouTube Strength Videos

What is your favorite pilates video?

What are you doing today to honor your body?

 

 

 

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy October 20, 2012 at 10:15 am

I used to love doing Mari Winsor’s pilates DVDs, but I haven’t done one in so long! She was my go-to in college when I didn’t feel like walking to the gym!

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Brittany October 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm

I need to try her pilates! I have heard great things!

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Lisa October 20, 2012 at 11:12 am

I love pilates! I used to always go to a pilates studio until it got too expensive, I’m always looking for fun new routines to do!

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Brittany October 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm

I have never done it in a studio… I need to!

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Alex @ therunwithin October 20, 2012 at 11:30 am

ok, I have only done pilates once and it killed me. I was super sore. I wish I could do it more often, I tend to suck on self motivation. haha. I like class formats more but they are super tough to fit in with my schedule

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Brittany October 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I agree! You would love the blogilates! You should try it. most of the videos are 10 minutes!

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 20, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I haven’t done Pilates in a long time (like WAYYY too long) so it’s definitely something I need to bring back into my life because I remember that while it was hard, I always felt like it really helped keep me trim and toned.

And today, I’m honoring my body with rest and maybe some light yoga before bed.

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Brittany October 23, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I had forgotten how much I loved pilates until a couple months ago! You should add it back in. It is a great way to keep your legs strong so you don’t get injured running!

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Brittany October 20, 2012 at 9:03 pm

I tried Pilates once, and never did it again! I had to be like 13 and it was “hard” so I stopped. I have come a long way from that 13yr old athlete though, and although I am a bit of a yoga snob, I should really do some Pilates again!! Today I ran 6miles and it was ahhmazing!! My body loved me for it.

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Brittany October 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I wish I could do yoga. I get bored! lol Maybe I need to try a new video or actually go to a class??

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Brittany October 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Oh no no I can’t do video’s, I get WAYY to bored with those. Once I went to an actual class my life was changed. Ok so that’s a bit dramatic, but YES try a class at least once!! They are great! Usually..HA!

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Brittany October 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm

too bored**

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Jessie October 21, 2012 at 12:19 am

I haven’t done pilates in the longest time. It was always such a great workout though. I really should start doing it again since i’m limited to very low intensity workouts.

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Brittany October 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm

It would be a great low intensity workout!

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Tessa @ Amazing Asset October 21, 2012 at 9:40 am

I used to be really into pilates back in high school and it made such a difference with my core strength and posture! It’s definitely something for me to consider taking up an interest with again!

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Brittany October 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Yes! And it is low intensity!!

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Caitlin @ livelovenyc October 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I used to feel the same way about pilates! that was until i found the most amazing instructor at my gym. she really pushes me to the limit and i really sweat (not like when i run, but sweaty enough)

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Brittany October 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I wish we had a gym here that had pilates! Jealous…. ;)

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Min October 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Ooh! I can’t wait to see how your new hair-do!! I’m in desperate need of one myself. I LOVE Blogilates also! And like you, I thought the same thing. It turns out I won’t turn into mush if I quit doing all the high-intensity stuff. Yay! Praise the Lord ;). Thanks for sharing all the links! Very helpful, indeed

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Brittany October 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Let me know if you find any good pilates videos I need to try out!

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Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning October 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Pilates is SO hard!! I haven’t actually done it in years, but tried a few classes and had a DVD that I used to do. I bet I’d be a little better now that my core is a lot stronger. I know that it’s SUCH a good workout!

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Brittany October 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm

It is hard!! You should add it back into the mix!

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Jess October 21, 2012 at 8:04 pm

I love Pilates. I used to be a dancer and Pilates was developed to help ballerinas. But I have not done Pilates in ages. Way too long. I’m like you though I love to feel like I’ve gotten a sweaty workout in EVEN though I understand intellectually that I can get great results without it.

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Brittany October 23, 2012 at 6:23 pm

I didn’t know you were a dancer!! I was too! :) We used to do a lot of pilates type moves to strengthen our legs and core.

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