Good Morning! Today I have a quick but killer workout to share with you that I hope you’ll enjoy.
As most of you have probably picked up on, I prefer to complete my workouts at home from time to time. I love having a gym and/or studio membership, but on days where I have limited time (or motivation to fight the cold and snow) to get in a good one, I like to save it and do something effective at home instead.
I actually ran four miles before completing this one last night. I took a thirty minute break when Scott got home from work to catch up, then went upstairs and put this Pilates inspired workout together to get some body weight toning exercises in on top of the cardio.
Next time I will probably skip the run and complete two rounds (instead of just finishing one), but let me tell you… one still had my heart rate up and I already felt sore before going to bed a few hours later. Really.
This is probably one of the more advanced workouts I have posted on the blog, so please take note of the modifications I have included under the video references. I purposely incorporated cardio into some of the exercises, and the result is a glimpse at similar ones you could expect to show up in my beloved Fitness Pilates classes!
100 At-Home Pilates Inspired Workout
*Please remember to listen to your body and modify the exercises or reps as needed. The workouts I post are what work best for me, but might not be the right type of exercises for you.
*If you are unsure on how to complete an exercise, please use the video references as a guide and listen for tips on form. Also, I always recommend consulting a doctor before drastically changing your current fitness routine!
• tabletop, vertical leg + reverse crunches
• bridges, one leg lift bridges + bridge circles (first R, then L)
• plie squat pulses (<- great demo, but she seems a little wide in her stance.)
See these tips on form and one heel up pulses (first right, then switch to left)
• alternating jump squats (modification would be alternating lunges)
• elbow plank with twists (modifications here and here)
Like I mentioned above, I ran, took a break, and then completed one round of this workout. Even so, I was a sweaty mess with a raised heart rate in no time!
After a shower, I convinced Scott to make us a big salad for dinner and got excited when I saw it was chopped. He added a lot of my favorites, but didn’t include a meat or protein (like beans or nuts) I usually try to.
Also, I think it’s important to point out that the salad looks considerably smaller than it’s real size, since he used a large bowl rather than the serving plate I usually do.
Spinach, tomatoes, banana peppers, yellow peppers, cucumbers, carrots, and black olives topped in ground pepper and balsamic vinegar + oil (not pictured).
I was still hungry, but before I could make anything else it was time for us to meet a friend for ice cream. A mint chocolate chip waffle cone from Sander’s did a great job in filling me up!
It’s all about finding that balance and moderation, right? Whoops.
I hope you have a great start to your Tuesday, and I’ll see you after lunch!
Question of the Morning
• Do you like Pilates or barre inspired workouts?
If I receive enough positive feedback, I just might put more of them together to share. Pilates and barre are my absolute favorite type of group fitness classes to take and also the exercises I have learned to be most effective for the lean and tone body type I strive to maintain. Let me know!
I’ve been loving circuit style workouts because they keep me from getting bored, and I love pilates + barre style workouts so I can’t wait to try this one!
I’m the same way. I love the frequent change ups!
I’ve been looking for a good workout to do on my cross training days and this one is just too perfect! Definitely giving it a try today!
Let me know how it goes! 🙂
Jaclyn @ Bumpsweat
I love pilates and used to do it all the time. Over the past few years, I’ve gotten away from it. It, plus yoga, which I’ve been meaning to incorporate more of, would make for good cross-training for me.
I know… I love yoga and need to make a point to get it back into my workout routine more frequently!
I love Pilates and Barre inspired workouts. Those are my favorite too. I don’t have a membership to a studio so I try to find videos online or something like this workout. Thanks for sharing! I’d love to see more 🙂
Awesome! Glad to hear you’re a fan!
I would love to see more Pilates and Barre workouts. There aren’t any studios near me so this would be amazing if you put more on your blog 🙂
Woo hoo!! Note taken 🙂
If you are ever looking for at home Pilates & Barre workouts you should check out my blog. I am known for my “Fab Arms in 5” videos. I have 5-15 minute videos you may love- here is a link to my videos.http://www.inallofhersplendor.com/videos/
Thanks for sharing!
Salad + ice cream sounds about right to me 🙂
This workout sounds awesome, Heather, and I love that I can do it at home! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Hope you enjoy, let me know if you try it!
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Mmm I love having big salads for dinner, but I like you, always try to include some protein in the form of nuts or chicken! But that ice cream looks amazing and the perfect way get some protein from that dairy 😉
That’s what I keep telling myself… 😉
I’m really excited to try this Pilates workout! Recently I’ve tried convincing my cousin to try it out with me, and yes! were finally going for it 🙂 thanks a lot for this very wonderful post!
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Yoga is also a good workout you can consider. Like pilates it is a workout you can try and very effective in keeping you healthy.
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Pilates is such an effective workout that is proven to be effective and safe. Specially for women that are pregnant or even older people.
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