Pilates Ten Minute Tune Up

There's an old saying in the Pilates industry that the best way to stop doing Pilates is to start teaching it. There's more truth to that statement than you know.

When you spend your whole day teaching Pilates, sometimes the last thing you want to do is get on the mat or a piece of equipment and teach yourself.

Over the years I've managed to find a workaround for this problem.

I call it the Ten Minute Tune Up.

Several times a week, I put myself on a mat and do the following order in about ten minutes:

100s, roll up, single leg circles, rolling like a ball, stomach series, shoulder bridge, saw, swan, single leg kick, double leg kick, teaser, side kicks, side planks, swimming, and seal.

This order puts my spine in all its planes of movement, moves all my joints, and can be performed with good form in about the same amount of time it takes to check my facebook feed.

There's no hard and fast rule that says each Pilates session must be one hour. In fact, we have clients at Pilates Sol who do 30 or 40 minute sessions. So please don't feel guilty that you don't have the time or mental energy to do a "full" one hour session. Just get on the mat and give it all you've got for ten minutes.