Where to watch Pilates online for free

Our favourite sites and channels to get your Pilates fix at home.

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Of all of the reasons for not signing up to a gym or fitness program, price is probably the most common one. As a Pilates trainer, I'm well aware that the price tag of professional training can be prohibitive. And while it is worth investing in a top trainer, there are a bunch of free Pilates videos on both YouTube and Instagram that can be a great alternative to in-studio classes.

Five online Pilates workouts to try at home

While we're all social distancing at home, here are a few of my personal favourite places to find Pilates workouts online:

1. Sarah's Day

  • Where: YouTube
  • Level: Beginner and intermediate

Fitness blogger, mum and all-around cool chick Sarah's Day is great to check out if you're looking for a free workout. Sarah's YouTube channel features real-time workouts, meaning you can follow along with her as she shows you the moves.

I've found her workouts to be fun as well as hardcore (my favourite combo!). I've always achieved the best results with a fusion of Pilates principles and HIIT, which Sarah offers in her workouts.

2. @hotpilates

  • Where: Instagram and YouTube
  • Level: Beginner and intermediate

Hot Pilates has two studios in California that are owned by celebrity trainer Shannon Nadj. Better yet, you don't need to be in California to get celebrity training! The studio has free live streams on its Instagram account that you can tune into daily.

There's a variety of high-intensity and low-impact workouts on offer, so you can pick and choose your workout depending on how you're feeling that day. The classes are also easy to follow, so they're perfect for anyone just starting out (but there's still plenty of sizzle for those old-timers too!). If you want more, you can check out Shannon Nadj's YouTube channel.

3. Pilates TV

  • Where: YouTube
  • Level: Beginner, intermediate and advanced

This is a channel with a variety of classes that cater to all levels of Pilates experience. You can find beginner workouts, tips and tricks, as well as how-to guides and advanced progressions. Trainers from all over the world share their expertise here, so this channel is best if you like a lot of variety.

4. @theloftpilatesandbarre

  • Where: Instagram
  • Level: Beginner, intermediate and advanced

Yes, I'm here to toot my own horn a little! On our Instagram page, you'll find a variety of IGTV videos with full-body workouts, targeted area workouts, beginner modifications and inspo for when you're ready to step up your Pilates game with some more advanced moves. These videos are snippets of what you get with our paid online membership so you can try before you buy! Head to the Loft Pilates and Barre website for more details about our online training options.

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5. @HotPilatesChick

  • Where: Instagram
  • Level: Intermediate

Rachel Hall of @HotPilatesChick is cool and seriously knows her stuff. She's the creator of "Hollywood's favourite workout", Abs, Buns and Guns. She offers workouts involving bodyweight and equipment, all for maximum challenge. Available on Instagram, this makes them ideal for at-home workouts, regardless of whether or not you have the props.

Her style incorporates high-intensity Tabata training and other training drills mixed with traditional Pilates techniques to give you bang-for-your-buck results. Basically, these are KILLER workouts for those looking for advanced progressions and a good challenge.

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So, no matter if you're just starting out with Pilates or you're the closest thing to Joseph Pilates himself, with these amazing resources, free online Pilates classes can be a great way to train. Check out our comprehensive guide to doing Pilates at home as well as our list of the equipment you'll need to get the most out of your workout.

For more online workouts, be sure to check out our online fitness video hub where we've gathered together a number of online workouts from gyms all around the world.

If you want to challenge yourself with a fitness program you can do at home, check out Finder's comparison of 50 popular online workouts. You can also try before you buy with our guide to online fitness programs with free trials.

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