Pilates For Beginners: part one (neutral spine & hip mechanics)

Pilates For Beginners: part one (neutral spine & hip mechanics)

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The first video in the Pilates For Beginners series by Robin Long of The Balanced Life. This video focuses on how to achieve and maintain neutral spine to effectively strengthen the core.

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It is very important to stay motivated when you are trying to lose weight. Setting goals that you are excited to reach is essential if you are going to stick with things. An important goal worth noting, is to make sure your exercise is fun. You should try to make exercising like a reward. The tips delineated below will help you accomplish that.


It is a great idea to play your favorite songs when you start exercising. If you are like most people, you will probably find it easier to move your body when you hear a good beat. When you work out to your favorite tunes, it can feel more like a night on the dance floor than exercise. This means you may just spend a little bit of extra time working out and burning those extra calories.


Working out with your favorite people is the best way to get fit. Your attention will be diverted from the effort of the exercise to the conversation at hand, and your workout will go by much quicker. Exercising with a friend raises the fun factor, which means you will enjoy your workout more.


A terrific way to work out is by using an exercise video game. Since the focus is on the video game, you probably won’t even notice how hard you are exercising or how hard your body is working. Keeping your mind off of your workout will make exercising much easier.


A great way to motivate yourself in exercising is to buy some workout clothes that you look and feel good wearing. There is nothing more demoralizing than wearing a pair of old, ugly sweatpants. Workout gear that fits you well and makes you happy to wear will increase your enjoyment of your exercise routines.


If you walk the treadmill seven days a week, you will find yourself quickly getting bored. Exercise routines that are not fun and enjoyable are hard to do you regularly. Many people end up falling off the wagon because they simply do not want to do the exercises. Make your workout routines exciting and dynamic, being sure to mix up the routines as much as possible. When you enjoy the workouts you stay much more motivated to complete your fitness and health goals.


Have rewards for yourself each time you reach a fitness goal. This will help you stick to your weight loss plan. You do not have to give yourself a huge reward, it can be simple such as some new clothes or a tasty treat. When trying to think of an appropriate reward, you have to make sure it is something that you will really anticipate and will not have trouble obtaining. It is important that you stay motivated.


Exercising can be exciting. There is no reason for it to be anything but enjoyable. Exercise offers tremendous opportunity for variety. Begin your new workout routine by following the advice in the article below.

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Dr. Mary Lee Vance
Dr. Mary Lee Vance
specializes in diet and weight management. He is associate professor of health, behavior, and society at the JHKs Bloomberg School of Public Health, with joint appointments in medicine and human nutrition.

24 Comments

  1. YES! Finally I found what I am looking for….everything else just moves WAY to fast and even with a big warm up I feel like I am ripping my fascia apart. This is nice and controlled…after three c-sections I can hardly activate my abs anymore…absolutely odd to not feel my muscles, just as bad as when I was a heavy girl. THANK YOU FOR THIS!

  2. Amy says:

    Thank you for the explanation of neutral spine. I have had clicking/popping in my lower back for years. This happened anytime I did exercises when i lifted my legs – so i avoided many exercises. When I focus on maintaining a neutral spine this doesn't happen!!! Your tutorial helped me more than other explanations of neutral spine i've heard in the past.
    Thank you so much!!!

  3. Thanks, this has helped me with other work out videos I do!

  4. A Mqz says:

    how often is recommended to this routine?

  5. Denise Mc says:

    Excellent, so glad to find you.

  6. NYCLovee says:

    is it true if yu work on your obliques it will make you wider? i want a lean body,

  7. I have a very bad lower back,Will this help? I am a older person.

  8. I am so beyond out of shape. Looking forward to the challenge in March but I need to do some prep, even for ten minute workouts. Thanks!

  9. Excellent video with tons of tips for proper form which is key !!!

  10. How to dissociate the leg movement from the trunk? I understand the concept but don't know how to achieve the goal

  11. Ted C says:

    Thanks for this. I have really bad posture and started doing Pilates to correct it. But every time I do some leg raises or kicks like you show in your practice I have a clicking or pop sound coming from my lower spine where it meets the hip. It doesn't hurt when I do it but I just would like to understand why… Is it because of all these years of bad posture? Should I be concerned about it?

  12. i like how you explain the movement thanks.

  13. thank you for clearing up the concept of neutral spine. I think proper body mechanics is important in doing any exercise and your video emphasized on some little things that I thought I was doing right but wasn't really. so thank you! πŸ™‚

  14. Hi Robin, thank you for the video, i've been doing pilates for a while now but never really knew what "neutral spine" meant, so that was very helpful.
    πŸ™‚

  15. Can I use a towel under my lower back to help maintain a neutral spine?

  16. Ann Gross says:

    Awesome videos!!!! As a new pilates instructor I am getting so much out of them! Β Thank you for sharing your knowledge!!!

  17. Thankyou for the video! This is a great example for what other YouTube videos on health and wellbeing should be like I feel, informative, patient and thorough. Definitely going to subscribe!

  18. Katarina says:

    Thank you so much for this video! I really appreciate how you cover things other beginner videos don't. It's stressful as a beginner sometimes because I'm not sure if certain modifications are ok or what is correct/incorrect but your video really addresses my questions.

  19. i wish to learn more from you….

  20. Nice tutorial i really got a clear understanding of neutral spine position from you,Β 

    Thanq
    Maximus

  21. This is impossible with a pug hanging around your face hahaha!
    I have started to love Pilates because of you Robin, thank you! πŸ™‚

  22. Hass A says:

    Excellent video, separating legs from pelvis is key as combing the two adds tension to that section throwing everything above and below it off, ur explanation was Perfect

  23. Pilates For Beginners: every Friday I'm sharing new introductory Pilates workout to help you learn more about the basics and get more out of your practice. Check out last week's short workout before a new one goes live tomorrow!

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