20 Fun Pilates Videos That Take 20 Minutes or Less

If your favorite Pilates studio is still closed (or you don’t feel comfortable returning just yet) you can still get in a workout at home. Pilates videos can bring the studio to your living room—and you don’t even need to have a Reformer.

That’s a huge plus, since there are tons of benefits (physical and mental) to continuing your workout routine even if everything else is chaotic. Pilates in particular is a great choice for these stressful times.

“Pilates is unique because it’s more than just a workout—it teaches you how to move efficiently, so you move through life with a sense of ease and mindfulness,” Brittany LaBotz, certified Pilates instructor at Club Pilates in San Diego, tells SELF. “All Pilates exercises are designed to accomplish six movement principles—centering, concentration, control, precision, flow, and breath.”

Even if you’ve never taken an in-person class before, you can still get started with Pilates at home by trying some virtual options.

“Virtual is great because there’s something for everyone,” Allison Skewes, certified Pilates instructor and owner of Askew Pilates in Mountain View, California, tells SELF.

That holds true even if you don’t have tons of time to work out. In fact, you can get a great Pilates workout at home in just 20 minutes or less. We asked instructors for their favorite Pilates videos—some equipment-free, others using basic equipment like a Pilates ball—on YouTube that you can crank out a workout quickly and get on with your day.

1. 20 Minute Pilates Workout With Terricka Fitness

Length: 20 minutes

What to expect: A total-body Pilates routine for beginners.

“Terricka gives options for prop substitutions if you don’t have a ball, and I love that she also pays plenty of attention to [body] alignment.” —Skewes

Try the workout.

2. 15-Minute Pilates Ball Core Workout With Nikki Naab-Levy

Length: 15 minutes

What to expect: A beginner-friendly Pilates core workout using the Pilates ball to improve core strength, flexibility, and posture. 

“Nikki is so accessible and really encourages people to figure out what works for them. I also am a fan of how she acknowledges [in this video] that core work is not just crunches for days.” —Skewes

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4. 20-Minute Beginner Pilates With IsaWelly

Length: 20 minutes

What to expect: A beginner Pilates class geared to help beat back pain and loosen tight hips.

“Isa is really great and approachable. If you don’t know where to start with Pilates, this is it. She talks about keeping a neutral spine versus an imprinted pelvis [where you lie flat and press your spine into the ground, which takes away its natural curve]—pelvic awareness is a must for Pilates. The video also gives information on how to increase and decrease challenges with modifications.” —Skewes

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5. Pilates Fundamentals With Alisa Wyatt

Length: 15 minutes

What to expect: A beginner’s guide to fundamental elements of Pilates.

“Never underestimate the power of fundamentals, so you know how to generate strength, stability, stamina, and control in every Pilates exercise. Whether you are brand new to classical Pilates or an experienced practitioner, it’s always great to review these basics.” —Kira Lamb, a classical Pilates teacher in New York City.

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6. Basic Pilates Magic Circle Mat Workout With Andrea Maida

Length: 15 minutes

What to expect: A Pilates workout for those new to using a Pilates Circle.

“A great way to put some ‘oomph’ into your workout is by adding the resistance of a [Pilates circle], which is an affordable prop. I love that Andrea ends the workout with standing exercises that challenge your balance and coordination.” —Lamb

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