Practice the Pulse
The key to doing Callanetics is mastering the "pulse." That's what Callanetics instructors call the deep but gentle muscle contraction that each exercise centers around. Certified personal trainer Jani Roberts has beginners start with contracting their glute muscles to get the idea of the pulse. Just squeeze your glutes as hard as you can as you tuck them under, then release your glutes as you squeeze the muscles in your lower back. Each squeezing movement is considered a "pulse" and is only held for a second or two at a time.
Keep Your Core Engaged
Instructors at the Callanetics Studio continually remind exercisers to keep their "check points" engaged, conveying how imperative it is to activate your core while doing Callanetics. Those check points are the pelvic region, the glutes and the abs. The proper form to keep during most Callanetics exercises is to focus on keeping the pelvic bones even and pushed out and keeping the glutes tucked and abs taut. When engaging your abs, imagine that you're drawing your belly button toward your spine.
Do the Exercises Regularly
Twice a week is how often the official Callanetics website recommends performing the exercises. This recommendation fits in with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Once you've reached your goals, just one hour once a week will keep you in shape. If your schedule makes it difficult to fit an entire hour of exercise in at once, breaking it down into 15-minute sessions will bring the same results. The exercises are low-impact but effective because they are isometric, meaning they involve contracting muscles without moving them considerably.
Warm Up and Stretch
It's vital to warm up before participating in any type of workout, even a low-impact one such as Callanetics. The American College of Sports Medicine advises that you increase your heart rate to get your blood flowing first. Walking, running in place, biking or jogging are all effective ways to warm up. Stretching your muscles once they're warm and before you start your Callenetics workout will prepare your muscles, joints and tendons for the workout and decrease your chances of injury even further. Another session of stretching after the workout will help you cool down.