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Welcome to the first lesson of Kira's Pilates 24/7 series. You’ll work your core, improve your flexibility, strengthen your arms and build long and lean muscles. This lesson is great for all ages and involves only the weight of your body! Lesson 1 covers core strengthening, leg exercises, and finishing stretches to lengthen your muscles.
Ballet barre is an fun and easy way to tone your entire body. You’ll love this introductory ballet barre workout; it is a unique art and method of fitness! Your classical ballet instructor, Kira, trained with Pacific Northwest Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre, the University of Washington. In this half-hour workout, you’ll ease into a simple progression that covers the first eight positions and a few common ballet moves. You don’t even need a ballet barre - you can use your couch!
This fun sixth Pilates session in a series includes lengthening and toning for your legs, plenty of effective ab exercises, a chance to focus in on multiple muscles at once, and a combination of workouts that is sure to invigorate your body. You’ll also do some stretching as you listen to Kira’s favorite classical music in an outdoor setting. For all fitness levels - different levels gain different benefits as they step up their fitness!
Feel the calorie burn in this hardcore toning workout session by Kira from Pilates Barre Workouts. Work your core, legs and arms ‘til you drop! This high-intensity, all-around hard-core workout is part 1 of a 2-part series. Get a “hard core” with this core strengthening routine that involves jumping and punching, leg and ab work on the mat, planks and waist work, and finally, weight work for toned arms.
This challenging arm toning session is packed full of excellent exercises that you can do with or without weights. Pause for a break whenever you need to throughout the routine; work at your own pace! Although this is an arm toning session, you’ll be doing arm exercises that also work your abs and legs. Move slowly and smoothly for resistance and control and keep your abs tight! You’ll feel great after this workout.
Lesson eight - the last in Kira’s Pilates series - incorporates Pilates principles such as ab work, leg exercises and lengthening stretches. This balanced workout will make you feel strong and supple and ready for that bikini you’ve been eyeing! If this is your first experience with Pilates, then congratulations on finishing this lengthy series!
Follow a flowing and balanced Pilates mat lesson to give your muscles a wonderful workout - using only your body weight! This routine by Kira from Pilates Barre Workouts runs through several variations of Pilates classics, such as the half roll back, spine stretch, and the clock. Do planks, crunches and hinges, in a methodological order to achieve maximum benefits. Work your arms, legs and core to obtain that swimsuit body and finish off the routine with stretches and posture work.
This awesome Pilates routine works your inner thighs, outer thighs, glutes, and all of those swimsuit muscles that you want ready by summertime. You should be an expert by this seventh lesson of Kira’s Pilates series, so follow along smoothly with Kira as you do the exercises together. Keep your abs tight during this a balanced, everyday workout, and enjoy the tranquil classical music and outdoor setting.
Ease yourself into this relaxing balance and posture routine as you listen to classical music and stretch with a lake view. Good balance and posture are essential for exercise and healthy living! After this lesson by Kira from Pilates Barre Workouts, you’ll be calmed and ready to take on your day. This series of easy stretching exercises will help you achieve excellent joint and bone alignment and a smooth range of motion.
Lesson 4 of the series by Kira presents a great Pilates session with plenty of leg, arm, ab and oblique exercises, as well as stretches. The routine includes fun exercises such as the saw, high plank with toe heel rocks, and more. Enjoy this Pilates workout routine in an outdoor setting as soothing classical music plays.
Strengthen and tone all your muscles while burning calories with interval training and a Pilates finish! This workout session by Kira from Pilates Barre Workouts uses free weights, but can be accomplished without weights, too. This routine will be an excellent cardio addition to your Pilates or toning regimen. It's always important to mix it up for your muscles! The Jump-2-Fit Cardio Tone & Pilates Finish targets biceps, deltoids, quadriceps, inner thighs, abs and more. Work your whole body!
The second lesson in the Pilates 24/7 series from Kira of Pilates Barre Workouts focuses on stretching and strengthening, from preliminary stretches to ab and leg work. This fun and feel-good lesson will help you to strengthen and tone so that you can look and feel your best. Helpful hints for accomplishing each exercise are posted on the left side of the screen. Work, stretch and lengthen!
The passe is a fundamental ballet movement that’s easy to learn. In this lesson, Kira, your ballet instructor, breaks down the movement with a slow demonstration, then encourages you to join her in practicing passes. Learn how to do this beautiful position that’s used in many common ballet steps--such as pirouettes and developpes--in less than three minutes!
In lesson 3 of this Pilates series by Kira, you'll work your abs, arms (triceps), back, glutes, legs, and more. You’ll workout at an upbeat intensity and end with relaxing stretches, all the while enjoying the classical music as you flow through the exercises. This workout routine is a great way to start or finish any day and introduces some new exercises, such as the teaser prep. Look and feel your very best! This exercise routine is for any age or level.
Try out this intermediate workout session that incorporates hand-picked favorites of Kira from Pilates Barre Workouts. These ab exercises focus on upper, lower, and oblique abs and the routine is timed to fit into your busy day - only 12 minutes long! This lesson even highlights non-sit-up exercises that work your abs! You’ll be sure to add this core strengthening exercise into your everyday workout routine. Combine it with an aerobic, calorie burning exercise for a complete day!
Settle into the Pilates repertoire that you now have! Don’t worry if you’re new to Pilates because Kira from Pilates Barre Workouts always provides a recap of previous workouts. In this fifth Pilates lesson of a series, you’ll do some difficult leg work such as scissor kicks without using your arms, among other exercises. Work your abs and many different leg muscles. All the while, you’ll enjoy Kira’s favorite classical music and an outdoor setting.
Come at rock climbing from the right angle! This lesson from Rock Climb Tips introduces directional loading, which allows you to maximize your reach and maintain your center of gravity even when facing tricky holds. Explore perpendicular holds, which can increase strength and stability and relieve pressure on your joints and wrists. Hear about the layback, see how and when to swing your body, and learn how to position your body for good balance.
Before you get out there and start popping wheelies, learn the basic things that any cyclist should know when attempting tricks on his or her bike. This lesson by Think Bikes provides a checklist for you and your bike (got your helmet? gloves? do your tires have the right pressure?) and shows you how to do one of the most important tricks in the book: the track stand.
Discover the beautiful movement that your body is capable of! This lesson from Kira Elste demonstrates a 15-minute intermediate ballet barre routine, which helps develop balance, control, strength, and gorgeous posture. When you’ve practiced your pliés and tendus, take a few minutes for conditioning with a short Pilates workout.