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Recession Proof Your Pilates

In tough financial times, we all start to trim the fat off our budget. When the monetary trimming comes from your fitness life, be careful. Exercise helps relieve the stress that accompanies uncertain times. Pilates, a mind body exercise, works as a great mental distraction while you're working out, but it can be expensive. Here are a few ideas on how to recession proof your commitment to Pilates.

  • There are so many great Pilates DVDs out there, and here are my reviews of some so you can read about them before you buy. NetFlix has almost 2,000 Pilates titles available for rental.
  • Speaking of free . . . you can check out my Pilates videos if you need a refresher on the basics.
  • Double up! If you have been taking private one-on-one sessions, ask your trainer if she has a client with similar ability who wants to share a session. Duets are generally 40 percent cheaper than privates. Who knows? You might make a permanent exercise buddy.

I have two other suggestions, so


  • Group classes are a great way to do Pilates for the fraction of a cost of a private session. Rather than dropping in a class, buy a class card or a series. Purchasing a class package makes each class less expensive.
  • Create a home practice. Joseph Pilates said that 20 minutes of his method a day was enough to change your body and make you stronger. Invest in some small props like a magic circle or even some Therabands to create resistance for strength training.

If you have any suggestions on recession proofing your Pilates please share them below.


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