Pilates Anytime is not quite a product and not quite a service, but it is a huge part my health goals, and I wanted to review it.
Let me back track to explain. I’ve always been an active, albeit clumsy, person. I played soccer and swam as a child and teen, discovered yoga thanks to my roommate in college, and even dabbled in jogging during graduate school. Exercise has always been a stress relief for me, and I continued to be very active after my MS diagnosis in January 2003. Pilates always interested me, but I was into yoga and for some reason I (incorrectly!) thought that you either had to be a yoga person or a Pilates person. Wrong.
After Jackson was born I couldn’t get to a yoga class, and I couldn’t quite find my zen at home with a baby who never slept. (Like, ever.) Then I had a vicious flare when Jackson was about 8 months old that threw me in the hospital and laid me out for weeks. Afterwards, my balance was shot, and yoga became far more stress-FUL than stress-RELIEVING. My sister in law, Mariska Breland, is a Pilates instructor, owns Pilates studios (Fuse Pilates in D.C.), and is knowledgeable in basically all things. (Mariska has agreed to Guest Post sometime soon on Pilates & Neurological Disease. She teaches training and workshops on Pilates for Neurological Conditions across the country, and in Europe! She’s a rockstar.) She suggested that I try Pilates.
I bought Pilates DVD from T.J. Maxx (my allegiance started long before Matt even worked for the company!), and got to work. I was hooked immediately. I saw improved muscle tone (always good post-baby MS or not!),
felt an increase in my walking stamina, and had so much fun. When I visited Mariska and my brother in D.C. I took classes at her studio, and begged her to open a studio closer to me so that I could bask in the Pilates goodness. She soon after introduced me to Pilates Anytime. When I first signed up, Mariska wasn’t an instructor on the site, but she is now! (Rockstar, right?! Just an FYI than she didn’t ask me to do this review, and won’t even read it until I post it.) Here are my thoughts about Pilates Anytime:
- First, what is it? Pilates Anytime (PA) is a website that streams Pilates instructional videos as well as workshops. Subscribers can take unlimited classes for $18/month. Workshops are extra.
- You workout in your own home, or anywhere you want, by watching videos on your computer/ipad/tablet. I’ve even used my phone. I almost never have buffering. They had me at no buffering.
- The videos are categorized into level, duration, pace, apparatus (some Pilates is on a Mat, others require a machine), and some other categories (like teacher training). This is helps me find select videos based on my abilities and my time and energy that day.
- They have almost 2,000 videos currently, and add about 5 new videos each week. No boredom allowed.
- There is a beginner’s center that was helpful to answer my questions and give the basics of the Pilates method.
- Instructors are men and women who come in all different shapes and sizes, and teach to all different abilities.
- PA makes recommendations for you based on which classes you’ve taken, and will allow you to make a watch list or “favorites queue.” Great if your kids ate your memory like mine did. I use this A LOT.
- The instructors are warm, thoughtful, and funny and offer me a great blend of fun (some of them are really funny), mindfulness, stress relief, and physical activity. They often make suggestions how to alter different exercises to your abilities.
As a Highly Sensitive Person, I’m not really into group exercises classes. Clearly, everyone is looking at me and judging me in these classes, right? I can do Pilates Anytime at home, any time of day, without anyone watching. I even bought one of the Pilates machines (a reformer, pictured below) so I can do those classes, too. Best of all, I don’t need to get a babysitter or schlep to the gym. I just need to lock my kids out of the room 🙂
Clearly, I’m a fan of Pilates in general and of this program. Overall, I would definitely recommend Pilates Anytime. It’s a bargain at $18/month, offers over 1000 Mat classes so you certainly don’t need other equipment. Just curiosity and an open mind.
Click here for a 30 day free trial so check it out and let me know what you think!
**This is not a sponsored post. I received no compensation for writing this post. All of the images are property of Pilates Anytime. I’m not a doctor or medical professional. Consult your doctor before starting an exercise routine.