An overlooked concept with Pilates is moving at ease in the body, even with the more challenging exercises. This is one of the reasons there is a warm up included in full length Pilates mat classes. But if you tend to move with shorter Pilates sessions your body may benefit from an additional mini Pilates warmup prior to moving with a 10-20 minute Pilates workout.
When it comes to working out, we all want to maximize the effectiveness of exercise while minimizing the risk of injury. And tuning into what your body needs to get started by identifying any areas of tension or discomfort, and gradually easing into a state of readiness is essential.
That’s where the power of a good warm-up comes in. And you can use a short Pilates mat warm-up in a few different ways depending upon how much time you have, when you are going to workout, and what type of primary workout you’ll be doing.