3 Pilates Phenomena from Last Week

3 Pilates Phenomena from Last WeekHey there everyone!

It's been a busy week in the studio and I'm excited to share a bit of what's been on my Pilates mind recently.

Welcome new subscribers!

Thanks for joining us here and a big hug and thank you to all my awesome readers. I'm always happy to share a Monday morning bit of Pilates nerdery with you.

1. Get your Scoop on 3x/week!


Last week was the very first week in which I completed my ideal workout schedule:

  • On Mondays I have a lesson with Karen Frischmann and I am completely obsessed with the Reformer. As much as I love the other apparatus in the studio I always want to shake off the dust of the weekend with a full-on sweat-infested Reformer workout.

I need my internal shower. 

I depend on my Monday private lesson to invigorate and inspire me all week long.

  • On Wednesdays my teaching schedule is full and I aim to squeeze in a Mat workout plus Spine Corrector if I am lucky. This week I got the job done. Yay me!
  • On Fridays I work only in the morning. I know myself too well to think that after I finish work I will buckle down to do my workout. So I begin at 8am and schedule my 3rd workout (on the Reformer again – I tell you I'm obsessed!!) for 6am Friday morning.

Despite the early hour it's not bad.

And it's always transformative.

I am energized and empathy-filled for my workday and I've just had a shower.

Boom. 3 workouts per week. Who's with me?

Find more tips and strategies for your own workout in these posts:

As well as some Pilates inspiration in this one.

2. Get. Busy. Lifting.

Imagine what's been on my Pilates mind lately…

It's nothing new, really. And every day it gets better.

I've also written about it before:

  1. The Reformer: The Use of Lift in the Long Stretch Series
  2. Lift in the Pilates Exercises that are Upside Down
  3. The Short Box: A Vital Shot of LIFT!



You just can't get enough.

You just can't get enough.

And don'cha know it jives tremendously with our other best helper:

Surely you remember him.

My favorite places to find lift are where we least expect him: lying down.

3 Pilates Phenomena from Last Week

Yeah, yeah I'm sure there's a scoop going on, but remember your lift is 50% of your 2-way stretch.

That sounds important.

All those limbs are reaching forward but what's happening in the other direction?


What about upside down?

3 Pilates Phenomena from Last Week

Yes, the lower body is reaching up but whats happening in the waistline?


Don't settle for 1-way stretch…You deserve 2.

Stay tuned for future posts about my very favorite place to find boatloads of lift…

3 Pilates Phenomena from Last Week

Our old friends Frog and Leg Circles. Please tell me you've visited them recently. They have so much to teach us about pretty much all of the other exercises!

But for now, lift! Use your lift here to move that carriage. See how much it can transform the exercises.

3. The Elegant Sufficiency that is the Wall

The Pilates exercises that comprise the Wall cannot be emphasized enough. They are good for everyone. They are simple and straightforward. Do them well and you'll feel tall, lifted and freaking fantastic at the finish.

Enjoy this short video tutorial on the Wall.

We'll look at the 3 standard exercises, an extra one that may not be on your radar yet PLUS! a challenging one-leg variation.

Thanks for watching!

What's your favorite ending to a Pilates workout? 

Share your favorites in a comment below 

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  1. Joyce Young says

    I attend pilates classes 3 times a week and practice at home the other 4 days but very much a beginner. I love your website. I look forward to your website. I depend on your website. Don’t ever stop writing!

    • Hi Joyce,

      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts here. Wow. Thank you SO MUCH for your lovely and kind words on my blog. Truly appreciated – and it makes me so happy you find the information to be helpful to you and your Pilates workout! Woo Hoo!!
      Keep up the good work, and please know if there is a topic you would like to see on the blog please leave me a comment here and let me know. The whole world must do Pilates 🙂 LOL Cheers to you!

  2. Alessandra says

    Wow! Great post and a lot of content!! Lots to think about! Yay! #pilatesgeeksunite !!
    I try to make sure I get at least two full on workouts a week, but, as I’m lucky to have my small studio in my house I can sneak in whenever the mood takes me???????? which is often, normally to practice something specific, such as the short box series or just to have a stretch out on Mr Spiney C! I also often practice the exercises I’m about to teach a client, so they’re really in my body…..so that means footwork, 100’s, frogs and circles (your faves!! ????) and the leg and arm springs on the tower pretty much every day. I really love the basics and find the 10-15 minutes I spend squeezing all the juice out of them sets me up for the day, even if I don’t have time to do much else!
    And….thank you for reminding me how amazing those wall exercises are!!! another excellent addition to both my and my clients repertoire!!
    #rockon Andrea!!
    Until we meet!! ????????

    • Hi Alessandra,

      Thanks so much – I am so glad you enjoyed the Wall exercises. You can really dig in and make them thorough LOL. I agree – I didn’t have time this week for my scheduled Wednesday workout – so I just did 10 minutes of Mat at the end of the day to relax and stretch out. Today I had some extra time in the morning so I did a bit more about 20 minutes of Mat. Sometimes when you are working you just have to squeeze in whatever you can. I am hoping to jump on the Ladder Barrel a bit later on today as well.

      And yes – it is getting closer to when we shall meet!!! Looking forward to it #allroadsleadtoLA #pilatesgeekfest

  3. I feel so guilty as i read through your blog Andrea, you are so motivated and your blog contains really a lot of optimism and all (*i’m here steal few of those) I’m more like one workout per week – it saddens me.
    Looking forward to more of your genius Pilates ideas.

    • Justine,

      Hi there – please don’t feel you are not motivated – I feel my ideal workout schedule needs constant cultivation. I have been trying for years to get into a regular 3-4x/week routine…and last week was my first real success at that. I thought I could do a workout everyday…that proved to be not sustainable…or schedule-able…These things take time 🙂 I scheduled a lesson once a week to make sure at the very least I have one workout…and to spur me on for others? Maybe that would help you? But yes, any more Pilates ideas I have will be comin right atcha… Thank you so much for reading and sharing in the conversation here – I hope you are well and that you are having a great Pilates week…soon to be weekend! xo

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