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Pilates Anytime: Building Functional Strength

In Class 6 of the 40-minute Pilates series, learn movements to feel stronger

Video run time is 45 minutes.
Pilates Anytime

Welcome to this combination standing and mat beginner-level Pilates class led by Tom McCook, an instructor for the online streaming platform Pilates Anytime. In this class, you’ll learn how to build the strength needed to function well in everyday activities.

McCook focuses on teaching you how to feel stronger and more connected and aligned in your body. The workout combines mobility and strength exercises — both standing and on the mat — designed to improve the capabilities you need to function well in your daily activities. This is a beginner-level class. Props that you may want to have on hand: a mat and a chair. Please consult your physician before beginning any new exercise regimen.

This video is part of AARP’s Virtual Community Center, where you can find a variety of free virtual events designed for learning, self-improvement and fun.


About the instructor

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Pilates Anytime

Tom McCook is the founder and director of Center of Balance in Mountain View, California, and is an internationally recognized Pilates teacher and movement specialist. Since 1984, McCook has been designing health and life programs for a range of clients, and his mission is to improve people's lives through movement and understanding their own bodies. He lives on the coast outside San Francisco with his wife and business partner, Karen deMoor.

Read about the lifelong benefits of Pilates.

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AARP Members Only Access is offering these 40-Minute Pilates classes with Tom McCook, and more free Pilates Anytime videos here.

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