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7 Tips for Getting Started with Online Pilates Classes

So, you've decided to dive into the world of online Pilates – congrats! Maybe it’s because you've heard about all the amazing benefits: better posture, a stronger core, and a focused mind. And you have chosen to start your Pilates journey online - and why not, it’s convenient and affordable. You gain flexibility and autonomy over your workouts by working out online rather than in a traditional studio setting. Say goodbye to lengthy commutes and hello to the freedom of fitting in a session whenever it suits you best—during breaks between work meetings, while your little one takes a nap, or even during your daily chores. Plus, online Pilates tends to be more budget-friendly compared to studio classes.

Inspired Movement Online Pilates Class
Inspired Movement Online Pilates

So how do you get started with your online Pilates journey?

Getting to Know Your Technology

One of the first steps in starting your online Pilates journey is to ensure you're comfortable with the technology required for virtual classes. Most online Pilates sessions are conducted through platforms like Zoom or Google Meet. Take the time to download any necessary software and familiarise yourself with the platform your instructor will be using.

At Inspired Movement, we use Google Meet, which can be easily downloaded here:

By familiarising yourself with the technology beforehand, you'll feel more confident and prepared for your online workouts.

Setting Up Your Space

Creating a dedicated space for your at-home Pilates workouts is essential for a successful practice. While you don't need to replicate a professional studio, ensure you have enough room to move freely and comfortably. Lay out your exercise mat in a quiet, clutter-free area, and gather any props or equipment you'll need for your workouts. Position your computer or device where you can easily see the screen, allowing you to follow along with the instructor's cues effectively. Having a well-equipped and organised workout space sets the stage for a productive and enjoyable Pilates session.

Choosing Between Live Online Classes and Videos on Demand

When beginning your online Pilates practice, you'll have the option of participating in live classes or accessing pre-recorded videos on demand. Live classes offer real-time interaction with the instructor and other participants, providing a sense of accountability and community. They also allow for immediate feedback and adjustments to your form and technique. On the other hand, videos on demand offer flexibility and convenience, allowing you to work out on your own schedule. Consider your preferences and schedule when choosing between live classes and on-demand videos, and don't hesitate to experiment with both to find what works best for you.

Start at the Beginning

Before diving into your online Pilates workouts, it's essential to familiarise yourself with the basic principles and fundamental movements of Pilates. Consider joining an Introduction to Pilates workshop through a live online session or a pre-recorded video available in the library. These workshops provide a comprehensive overview of Pilates, helping you understand the core concepts, terminology, and proper techniques. By mastering the fundamentals, you'll lay a solid foundation for your Pilates practice and set yourself up for success in future classes.


While Pilates studios boast a range of specialised equipment, you don't need much to get started in the comfort of your own home. The backbone of Pilates lies in mat exercises, which require nothing more than a soft, supportive exercise mat. As you progress, you might consider investing in small handheld props like a Magic Circle, a mini ball, an exercise band or light hand weights. However, don't underestimate the power of everyday items as substitutes. Tin cans or filled water bottles can serve as makeshift weights, offering a cost-effective alternative to specialized equipment. While these small props may seem insignificant, they can add variety and challenge to your workouts, enhancing your Pilates journey from the comfort of your home.

Building Connections in a Virtual Environment

Although online Pilates classes offer convenience, affordability and flexibility, building connections in a virtual environment can sometimes feel challenging. To overcome this, aim to join live fitness classes whenever possible and arrive a few minutes early to chat with fellow participants and your instructor - or stay after your class and let your instructor know how you feel. Staying engaged during and after the class by asking questions and sharing your experiences can help foster a sense of community and connection. Additionally, consider sharing your progress with a friend or your instructor, as accountability and support are key factors in staying motivated and committed to your practice.

Embracing Variety and Exploration

One of the most significant advantages of online Pilates practice is the abundance of class options and formats available. From mat Pilates to Barre and equipment-based workouts, you can explore a variety of styles and intensities to suit your preferences and goals. Don't be afraid to mix things up and try new classes to keep your practice fresh and engaging. By embracing variety and exploration, you'll stay motivated and inspired on your Pilates journey.

Embarking on your online Pilates journey is an exciting opportunity to prioritise your health and well-being from the comfort of your own home. By starting with an Introduction to Pilates workshop, familiarising yourself with technology, setting up your workout space, choosing between live classes and videos on demand, building connections, and embracing variety, you'll set yourself up for a rewarding and fulfilling Pilates practice. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned practitioner, the world of online Pilates awaits, ready to support you on your journey to strength, flexibility, and vitality.

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