A 20-Minute Pilates Workout That Will Power Up Your Core

By , Alicia Capetillo, Editor-in-Chief
One of the biggest misconceptions about Pilates is that the workout was designed exclusively for dancers. Perhaps it's the class's typical clientele or the association of the workout with long, lean bodies, but it's a misconception that needs to be debunked according to Andrea Speir, Speir Method founder and owner of Speir Pilates. "Pilates was actually created by a man [Joseph Pilates], and in its most original form was meant to strengthen men," Speir explains.  
While dancers adopted the workout as their own after discovering its ability to strengthen their bodies and athletic abilities, Pilates really is a workout that can benefit everyone, no matter their physical stature or flexibility. Despite another misconception about the decades-old workout, Speir stresses that Pilates really has nothing to do with flexibility, noting that the moves are more designed to help you find proper alignment.
In fact, Speir was first introduced to the popular workout at the age of 12 when she tore her meniscus and doctors recommended physical therapy to rehab her injury. Pilates helped her to strengthen the weakened muscles—both big and small—and she's been a devotee ever since.
While many come to challenge the "powerhouse," or core muscles, a Pilates session calls on a variety of muscles in the body—you may even feel muscles you didn't know you had. In addition to strengthening the body and helping to improve posture, Speir says it's the mind-body connection that keeps people coming back time and time again. "I've heard many people say that as you age, you want to make sure to play logic games and do things to constantly keep your brain sharp," Speir says. "Pilates requires you to connect your mind into the muscles you are using and really get to know your body and movement on a different level. That only builds over time as you continue your practice."
With 12 years of teaching under her belt, Speir's specific Pilates method fuses classic moves with modern cardio to create a heart-pumping, full-body burn you won't soon forget. Whether you want a core blast, a workout that makes you forget all the stress of the day or you're hoping to be a more poised version of yourself, get started with this 20-minute mat routine from Speir. 

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KHALIA2 8/29/2018
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MBPP50 8/29/2018
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THERESEEZ 8/28/2018
Love pilates! But it DOES have something to do with flexibility. I was very stiff and weak but with pilates I became a lot stronger, more flexible and my balance improved. I have problems with my legs (neurological issue) but I could always do pilates when other forms of exercise would hurt too much. I recommend it for everyone! Report
KHALIA2 8/6/2018
I haven't tried pilates yet, maybe one day I will give it a try. Report
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Tried it...it was hard! Report
MIYAMO 7/26/2018
In PT now, but want to try this. Report
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ARNETTELEE 7/25/2018
Daughter and I did a duo pilates, and boy, it was hard for me! Report
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1SUZIQ11 7/24/2018
I like pilates but can't do some of the moves cuz my lower belly gets in the way. Looking forward to the day I can do it all! Report
1SUZIQ11 7/24/2018
I like pilates but can't do some of the moves cuz my left belly gets in the way. Looking forward to the day I can do it all! Report
PICKIE98 7/24/2018
This is the same workouts we did in 8th grade 51 years ago! Report
SWIMGIRL52 7/24/2018
A year of Pilates changed the shape of my body, strengthened my core, firmed up my thighs, can't say enough good things about it! Report
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The high I feel after I am done. Report
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EO4WELLNESS 7/22/2018
Love Pilates!

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CRAIG-101655 7/22/2018
looks like I'm going to be trying Pilates here in the very near future, I have to heal up first just had a Kidney removed (yeahhhhh Cancer free now!!!) but after healing we are most definitely make LIFE CHANGES, look out world here we come !!! Report
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I have never tried pilates, but willing to give it a try! Report
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I will try!! TKS! Report
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PMT530 7/20/2018
I do Pilates and Yoga regularly. It makes me feel strong and relaxed after the workout
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