Bend your knees. Bend your knees to protect your back. Do a duet. Try working out with a friend. Focus on breath. Make sure to focus on your breath. It's the most important part of your routine. Go private. Sign up for private instruction to get personalized attention. Mix it up. Vary your routine to keep from getting bored. Quality not quantity. Joseph Pilates said he'd rather see one abdominal exercise done properly than 100 done wrong. Reformer + Mat. Do both reformer and mat exercises to get a full workout. Take a class. If you're new to Pilates, take a class to get instruction on how to do the different exercises. Try a new studio. Try out a new Pilates studio. Try a ring. Try using an exercise ring or Magic Circle. Try different styles. Try out different styles of Pilates. Warm up. Taking the time to warm up your body and mind will make your Pilates workout more effective.