Pilates Beginner Center

Welcome to the Pilates Anytime Beginner Center! This area is for our students wondering how to get started with Pilates.

While it may seem a bit daunting at first, when done methodically and consistently, Pilates offers tremendous rewards. If you are an otherwise healthy individual looking to strengthen your core, improve posture, tone your muscles and feel more energized, your Pilates practice should include a minimum of 2 classes a week. You won't be disappointed.

Check out Kristi's article How do I start with Pilates? for more information.

Confused by terminology? Read our Glossary of Pilates Terms.

Preparatory Exercises

If you are new to Pilates, a good first step is to get familiar with the preparatory exercises. The preparatory exercises are movements that form the basis of many classic Pilates exercises. A general understanding of these exercises will help you progress in your practice safely and efficiently.

We offer a series of videos that demonstrate each exercise. Click here to watch Preparatory Exercises

Basics Classes

Each of our regular instructors has recorded a "Basics" class. These classes are meant for someone who is new to Pilates and feature fundamental exercises demonstrated correctly and up close for focused viewing. Click below for a playlist of Basics classes.


Created on: January 16, 2012

The Basics

Playlist Created by: Kristi Cooper | Classes in Playlist: 5 | Category: Beginner
Suitable For: Anyone, but focused on beginners
Apparatus Used: Mat | Props Used: (None)
Each of our regular instructors has recorded a "Basics" class. These classes are meant for someone who is new to Pilates and feature fundamental exercises demonstrated correctly and up close for focused viewing. More

Beginner Mat Progressions

Two of our instructors have recorded 10-class progressions which are desgined to lay a foundation for all your Pilates mat work. These progressions will take you from level 1 and prepare you to try our level 1/2 classes.


Created on: January 12, 2012

Beginner Mat Progression with Monica

Playlist Created by: Monica Wilson | Classes in Playlist: 10 | Category: Beginner
Suitable For: Anyone, but focused on beginners
Apparatus Used: Mat | Prop Used: Magic Circle (Most props are optional)
A 10-part Mat Progression Series which is designed to lay an instrumental foundation for all your Pilates mat work. Taking this series is an excellent way to progress from The Basics to being ready for Level 1/2 classes. More

Created on: January 12, 2012

Beginner Mat Progression with Niedra

Playlist Created by: Niedra Gabriel | Classes in Playlist: 10 | Category: Beginner
Suitable For: Anyone, but focused on beginners
Apparatus Used: Mat | Props Used: Theraband , Magic Circle (Most props are optional)
The Beginner series is designed to lay an instrumental foundation for all your Pilates mat work. Notice the improvement in your exercises as you progress through the series.Click here to download Niedra's Basic Mat Booklet More

Level 1/2 Classes

Pilates Anytime is proud to have instructors with varied backgrounds reflecting different styles of Pilates. Each instructor brings their life experience, personality, and a wealth of knowledge about Pilates to class.

Once you have reviewed, practiced and feel comfortable with the fundamental exercises, we recommend you take a Level 1/2 class from each of our instructors. We are confident that you will find an instructor that suits your needs. Depending on your goals, you may decide to stay with level 1/2 classes indefinitely . These classes can be quite challenging and achieve great results when practiced consistently. Plan on taking the level 1/2 classes for at least the first three to six months of your practice.

Click Here for a List of Level 1/2 Classes