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Controlled Movements: 10 Ways to Get Started With Pilates

* Get lean and limber with celeb-approved Pilates
* Start slow and learn the basics
* Essentials include outfits, accessories and DVDs

There are typically two types of people when it comes to Pilates: those who love it and those who are intimidated by it. Pilates has grown in popularity over the years. Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, David Beckham, Cameron Diaz and Heidi Klum, can’t get enough of it.

It’s a form of exercise that aims to build strength, lengthen your muscles and bring balance to the body. Aside from achieving a killer core, those who have done Pilates claim that it can help ease back pains, and can improve posture, circulation and flexibility.

Interested in giving Pilates a shot? Here are 10 things you need to get started with one of the hottest exercise trends.

1. Yoga Capri Pants by Tesla

Stretch out in style with this premium quality yoga capri. This pair is designed with an ultra-stretch construction that slims, conforms and contours the body with each pose and movement. Go from workout to everyday wear thanks to its modern and simple design.

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2. Mini Exercise Ball by ProBody Pilates

Having your Pilates accessories at-the-ready will help make it easy to get started— especially if you’re opting for at-home workout sessions. The

is intended to help build core strength, improve balance and facilitate back rehabilitation.


3. “The Pilates Body” by Brooke Siler

To broaden your Pilates knowledge even more, check out “The Pilates Body” from Brooke Siler. As one of the most sought-after personal trainers in the country, this easy-to follow book offers a comprehensive guide to Pilates exercises that can be done anywhere, anytime, and without machines. With step-by-step instructions, Siler guides the reader through the complete circuit of mat exercises, each of which is clearly illustrated by photographs, line drawings and unique visualization exercises.

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4. Pilates for Beginners DVD by Acacia

Once you have all of your Pilates gear ready to go, start your practice with the help from the Pilates for Beginners DVD. In four easy-to-follow segments, you’ll learn the proper form, technique, and breathing methods. Bonus: The DVD also comes with a booklet with tips on maximizing your workout and 8 bonus moves on perforated cards that you can take with you anywhere.


5. Pilates: A New Body in 30 Sessions Online Course

If you’re looking to shake up your Pilates routine, consider taking an online course like the Pilates: A New Body in 30 Sessions. Whether you’re a complete beginner or want to further your practice to a more advanced level, this course will give you the tools to strengthen your body inside and out.

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6. Non Slip Yoga Pilates Socks by Chillx

Durable and versatile, these yoga socks are made to last through any workout. They’re designed with an anti-skid technology that provides exceptional balance, comfort and stability throughout your workout.


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7. Workout Stretching Strap by Synergym

If you’re new to Pilates you might have never seen or heard of a stretching strap. This strap also comes with everything you need to get started with various arm, leg, shoulder, chest and leg exercises. It requires no setup and take up minimal space in your home or gym bag. With 12 loops evenly spaced through wide strap, you can customize the range of movement and flexibility that’s right for you.

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8. Exercise Yoga Mat by Reehut

To ensure your workouts are without injuries, you’ll also need to pick up a slip-resistant yoga mat. This one features double-sided textured surfaces and includes a free yoga mat strap so you can carry you mat with ease.


9. Pilates Ring by Nayoya Wellness

Another way to enhance your core workout is with a Pilates Ring. Easy to use and effective, this non-slip foam Pilates ring is your ticket to toned arms, thighs and legs. Its lightweight, and has a compact design so you can travel with it.  It also comes with a nylon carry pouch to store your ring when not in use.


​​10. Pilates Is For Hotties Tank Top by Arima

Like every workout, dressing the part is vital for both performance and comfort. This soft, flowy racerbank tank is designed with a drapey fit so you can move effortlessly. The “Pilates Is For Hotties” graphic wording will allow you to make a playful statement wherever you go.