Welcome to Anna McLean Pilates! 😁
7 DAY TRIAL. Your first step is buying a 7 Day Trial. This will give you access to all the Premium live online group classes, all Flow live classes and all the On-Demand videos.
PILATES BASICS. While on your trial, I very warmly recommend taking the New Joiners: Premium Pilates Basics. This is a small group private class where I explain the fundamentals of Pilates: postural alignment, core engagement (TVA, lumbar multifidus and pelvic floor) and breathing technique. I help you identify and postural issues you may have (these are very common!) and how to improve them. If you can't make it live, I'm filming a Pilates Basics video soon which will be added to the video library. But if possible, please join live as you'll get individual attention and I can answer any questions you may have as well.
STRONG FOUNDATIONS VIDEO SERIES. I've created 2 video series that go over all the beginner level Pilates exercises with minimal equipment required. You only need a mat and later on in the series a cushion/rolled up towel or a mini ball/Pilates circle if you want to invest in one, and a couple of optional light weights (about 2x 0.5kg) which can also be just a couple of tins of beans. You may find toward the last couple of classes of each series that some of the exercise options I give are too challenging. That's absolutely ok, I'm just giving some improver (Level 2) options for you to try so you can test if you might be ready for that level yet. If they're too challenging for you for now, stay at Level 1 (beginner level) for a while longer, taking Level 1 classes of the currently running block for example. With these classes we explore some modern exercises too and use more props to vary the exercises.
PREMIUM PILATES LIVE ONLINE CLASSES. If you are able to take live online classes, I warmly recommend also taking Premium Level 1 Pilates classes, at least once a month so you get my help making sure you maintain correct form.
OTHER CLASSES. In addition to Strong Foundations video classes, if you have the time, take some Flow classes, live or as On-Demand videos. FLOW Beginner Barre, Full Body Burn, Pilates Level 1, Gentle Pilates, Pilates with a Foam Roller, Balance and Massage & Stretch are all suitable for beginners. You can check a weekly routine recommendation I've created here: https://www.annamcleanpilates.co.uk/routines-recommended
Once you've completed Strong Foundations Series 1 and 2 (total of 14 classes), you have learned all the traditional beginner level mat exercises and your TVA and back may be strong enough to move up to Level 2-3. At that next level you start working at improver level and build up towards intermediate. Check the post about moving up to Level 2-3 to find out more!