Pilates: A New Body in 30 Sessions
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Transform your body in as little as 3 months: get your body into the best shape ever, improve your health & wellbeing
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Created by Josie McKenlay
Last updated 1/2016
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  • 11.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Practice the complete Pilates matwork sequence anytime, anywhere, to maintain the results they will have achieved by completing this course.
  • Benefits of Pilates include the following:-
  • A lean, toned body. Pilates strengthens and stretches every muscle you have from the inside, out.
  • Improved posture which will help address muscle imbalances thereby avoiding back pain, sports injuries and any other related health issue.
  • Bone density will improve as weight bearing exercise builds strong bones.
  • The pelvic floor is part of the core muscles which are a major part of Pilates. By strengthening these muscles you can heal stress incontinence and avoid incontinence in old age.
  • Pilates is excellent preparation for pregnancy and for recovery following the birth.
  • Flat abs and a strong back are hard to achieve, but Pilates will give you both.
  • As a mind/body form of exercise, you will feel calm following regular practice and will see a reduction in stress.
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  • No prior knowledge of Pilates is necessary as the course teaches everything from the basic beginner fundamentals to the most advanced exercises. A mat that will give sufficient cushioning for the spine is necessary and a small towel, a blanket and a yoga block are also useful.

"A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion." Joseph Pilates

This course is summed up so well in this quote. I have seen clients transform their bodies in a few short months by following the complete Pilates matwork sequence. Although the physical changes are astonishing in such a short time, the benefits to their health are equally amazing. Most become more body aware within 3 classes, chronic back pain disappears, energy levels improve, sports injuries are less frequent and clients report that they feel calmer and less stressed.

Anyone can do Pilates: you don't have to be young or a contortionist, so once you have learned the sequence, you have it for life.

  • This course consists of a Pilates Guide booklet in PDF format;
  • 11 hours of videos: workshops, classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced
  • The complete matwork sequence suitable for that level.

The workshops teach the basics of Pilates and so this is where you start and refer back anytime you need a reminder.

The classes teach you all the exercises you will need for the matwork sequence and each prepares you for the next. You should practice each class until you feel comfortable to move on. The sequence should be repeated at least 10 times, every other day. You will then be ready to move on to the next level.

It is possible to complete this course within 3 months for the fit and injury free; 5 to 6 months is achievable for most people.

"In 10 sessions you will feel the difference. In 20 you will see the difference. And in 30 you will have a whole new body." Joseph Pilates

Who is the target audience?
  • Whether you are a complete Pilates beginner or want to further your practice to a more advanced level, this course is for anyone who wants to achieve the benefits outlined above.
  • The complete matwork sequence is perfectly balanced for strength, flexibility and mobility and is excellent for athletes and sports enthusiasts who wish to avoid injury
  • For anyone who finds it difficult to get to classes regularly (those who travel, shift workers, mums with small children for example), this course gives you a complete mind/body workout.
  • Although Pilates is extremely good preparation for pregnancy and recovery, this course is NOT suitable for someone who is pregnant as some of the exercises are contra-indicated.
  • Pilates is excellent for back problems, but not in the acute phase. Acute back pain needs to be treated by a physical therapist first and then the problem can be managed with Pilates.
  • This course is not suitable for anyone suffering with osteoporosis as flexion and rotation are normally not recommended.
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Curriculum For This Course
28 Lectures
2 Lectures 03:40

In this short video I outline the course and tell you how to get the most out of it to transform your body and mind. NB: Please download the PDF A Guide to Pilates. You can find it in resources, top right.

Preview 03:40

Safety Guidelines
1 page
5 Lectures 01:24:39

19 minutes: You will learn the all important neutral position for the pelvis and spine, the ideal posture. You will learn how to find it, how to find and utilize your core muscles and how to breathe correctly for Pilates, thoracic/lateral breathing which allows you to breathe efficiently and maintain a core contraction. We will also discuss pelvic/shoulder stability and start to create some body awareness.

Preview 18:41

Now that you have found your core muscles, strengthen them in preparation for the classes. Become more aware of pelvic and shoulder girdle placement and challenge yourself with some simple drills.

Core & Shoulder Stability Drills

Learn the correct alignment for the starting position of most of the Pilates exercises. The more quickly you can set up, the better the flow, the safer the exercise and the better technique makes the exercises more effective.


Although you have learned the correct type of Pilates breathing, this workshop teaches you when to breath. This changes as you progress through the levels, so come back to this workshop from time to time if you need a reminder. Correct breathing helps exercise performance.

Notes on Breathing

What sets Pilates apart from many other forms of exercise is the mind/body connection: you can go through the motions or you can employ each of the 8 principles to make every exercise efficient and highly effective. Revisit this workshop often: these principles may not mean much to start with, but will transform your advanced practice.

8 Principles of Pilates
Beginner Course
7 Lectures 04:06:38

26 minutes: This first lesson tests and consolidates all that you learned in the workshops. You will feel stronger through the core and become more aware of your posture.

Beginner Lesson 1

35 minutes: Practice what you learned in the previous lesson and start to learn some of the side lying exercises to work the hips, thighs and obliques.

Beginner Lesson 2

32 minutes: Start to increase mobility through the spine and strengthen your back with flexion and extension.

Beginner Lesson 3

30 minutes: Start learning to find neutral in mid-air which requires increased body awareness and strengthen the upper body.

Preview 30:02

35 minutes: Introduction to rotation. There are a few exercises in Pilates where we twist at the waist, so you will learn the safe way to do this in this class.

Beginner Lesson 5

28 minutes: The last class in the beginner course and an insight into how we can vary some of the exercises to increase intensity, ready for the next level.

Beginner Lesson 6

60 minutes: This is the complete sequence, putting all the exercises you have learned into an ordered flow and more of a workout. Repeat 10 times, every other day (more if necessary). This marks the end of the Beginner Course and you should really have started to feel the difference in your body and mind. When you are ready, move on to the Intermediate Course.

Beginner Matwork Sequence
Intermediate Course
7 Lectures 03:14:23

28 minutes: Learn some more advanced versions of familiar exercises and start to increase repetitions to increase intensity.

Intermediate Lesson 1

23 minutes: Focus a little more deeply on the Oyster, Side Bend and Single Leg Kick. Remember your modifications from the previous level and build repetitions gradually.

Intermediate Lesson 2

18 minutes: 2 new challenging exercises for you to try in this lesson with the Teaser, a classic Pilates exercise and moving on with the Rollover to give your spine a great stretch. Both require core strength and control.

Intermediate Lesson 3

33 minutes: Feel how the intensity increases when you move from single leg to double leg exercises.

Intermediate Lesson 4

18 minutes: Test your balance with the Side Leg Passe and start to string exercises together to get a feel for the Complete Sequence.

Intermediate Lesson 5

25 minutes: Finding the correct alignment for shoulder stands and taking an interesting leg position for rolling which will definitely test your core control, breathing and balance.

Preview 25:26

48 minutes: This sequence strings together everything you have learned in the Intermediate Course to give a challenging workout. Repeat 10 times or until you feel comfortable. You should be feeling and seeing the difference by the end and ready to move on to the Advanced Course.

Intermediate Matwork Sequence
Advanced Course
7 Lectures 02:50:00

21 minutes: It may feel like a jump up in intensity, but just take your time and work at your own pace.

Advanced Lesson 1

20 minutes: Picking up the pace with the transitions so that more exercises can be performed in each lesson.

Preview 20:05

19 minutes: Side bends up on your hand rather than on your forearm increases the range of motion, challenging balance, strength and core control. Take care of you wrist and come back to a low position if necessary. The Teaser from Boomerang is a really good way to learn control and feels good too.

Advanced Lesson 3

21 minutes: Stringing a few sets of exercises together to help prepare you for the complete sequence, but take rests whenever you need them.

Advanced Lesson 4

23 minutes: A new position for working the outside thighs so you may need a block or thick book if you are tight into the hips. The Control Balance is a very good stretch, but balance is the key to protecting your neck, so take care.

Advanced Lesson 5

20 minutes: A couple of advanced exercises in this final class mixing flexion and rotation, which once mastered, feel amazing.

Advanced Lesson 6

44 minutes: Your final sequence and a workout you have for life. By the time you have practiced this sequence 10 times, you will see just how much your body has changed: you will feel stronger, more balanced, fitter, more toned & sculpted, fitter, healthier and calmer. Practice 2 or 3 times a week for the rest of your life.

Advanced Matwork Sequence
About the Instructor
Josie McKenlay
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Health & Wellbeing

I have over 30 years experience in the health & fitness industry. I started out as an aerobics instructor in London, taught all types of studio based classes in the growing number of health clubs and trained as a Pilates and yoga instructor towards the end of the 1990's. From then on, I built up a large portfolio of clients and ran private classes in the London area and in Abu Dhabi, UAE. I now live in Dubai. I also write a Lifestyler column for Sport360, a Dubai based Sports Newspaper. I am passionate about people's wellbeing and have dedicated my life to helping them improve their health through a healthy lifestyle.