Benchmarks for Movement 🥳

How many of these moves can you do?

  1. Roll-up (no hands)
  2. Leg reach (or double leg stretch)
  3. Teaser
  4. Push-up
  5. Knee hover
  6. Plank
  7. Side-plank
  8. Squat
  9. Lunge
  10. Swimming

I’ve made a little video so you can see them in action 👇🏻

If you can do these 10 exercises easily you probably do some sort of fitness program so give yourself a pat on the back 👏🏻. All of these movements test mobility and strength (of moving your own body). If some of these movements are difficult for you, that’s also fine 👌. This gives us a place to begin your journey. As a teacher this is the most interesting part for me… 

Identify the moves that you can’t do yet and then ask, what is challenging about this movement?

This is where you can get curious and begin to practice. For instance take teaser which is number 3 on the list. A person might find teaser challenging because of a lack of core strength. Another person might find it challenging because of tight hamstrings. A third person might have trouble balancing. Or there’s me, who finds it challenging because of my bony bottom 🤣 .

Once you understand what challenges you about a movement, you can modify your home workout routine to spend time on improving. For instance, hamstring stretches just might be thing to improve your Teaser.

The more you practice, the more skilled you become. Pilates exercises should be a part of any workout planner.

If you have trouble with 1) roll-up, 2) leg reach or 3) teaser, I recommend the Front Body Series. If you have trouble with 4) push-up or 6) plank I recommend the Upper Body Series. If you have trouble with the 5) knee hover, 8) squat or 9) lunge, I recommend the Lower Body Series. If 7) side-plank is challenging, check out the Side Body Series. Last but not least, if 10) swimming is hard, check out the Back Body Series. If you are not yet a member, you can try out all of these workouts (and more) for FREE for 7 days! Check out our membership here.