Welcome to this fundamental, beginner-level Pilates class led by Tom McCook, an instructor for the online streaming platform Pilates Anytime. In this class, you’ll learn exercises that are fundamental to improving biomechanics and may lead to a stronger and more balanced body.
McCook will break down how you can breathe to really engage your deep core and pelvic floor muscles, a concept that will be used throughout the class. By the end of class, the goal is that you experience improved mobility, stability and alignment. Props that you may want to have on hand: a mat and pillow or blanket. 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
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.
More Pilates Videos
AARP Members Only Access is offering these 40-Minute Pilates classes with Tom McCook, and more free Pilates Anytime videos here.
Movement Foundations (this class)
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