In order to achieve my minimum of 2 hours/week of instructor led classes I have been investigating online Pilates classes. I also considered DVDs but I’ve decided they would get too repetitive doing the same class over and over and in fact I think I have easier access to the internet than to a DVD player. The cost of unlimited online classes are about equivalent to about one DVD per month making the online classes better value for money.
Pilates Anytime is founded by Kristi Cooper White, a principle instructor for BASI Pilates, and is an online pilates studio containing hundreds of video workouts. Some of the great things about the Pilates Anytime is the wide variety of classes and instructors. While Kristi is BASI trained the website features classes by instructors from all different backgrounds and frequently posts classes by some of the biggest names in Pilates. They also have classes of different durations, which will be ideal for me if I need to squeeze in some Pilates to a busy day.
Pilates Interactive is the brain child of Rael Isacowitz, founder of BASI Pilates and features videos with commentary of the entire BASI and Polestar repertoires. Designed more for Pilates professionals rather than the general public Pilates Interactive has Pro and Studio subscriptions. The Studio subscription has the advantage over the Pro of being able to create and save your own custom workouts. However as one of my rules for a class to be considered ‘instructor led’ is that I don’t create the class, this feature is not something I will need. Pilates Interactive also had a great Iphone app which would certainly make it easier to perform workouts when not at home.
I have decided to trial both for a month. After this I will be able to review both of them in more detail and decide which one will work the best for me and be most ideal for my daily Pilates practice.