Pilates Mat Exercise #28: Swimming (Bonus Video Blog)

Thanks for all your hard work during the month of March MATness. Hope you caught our Daily Pilates Mat Workout in 30 minutes, the full mat repertoire, last week.

If not, why not enjoy it today?

It has been a pleasure to see all of your comments, contributions and enthusiasm toward moving well every day. Check the MarchMATness site during the next 11 months for inspiration and perspiration all year long.

Well Done!

Pilates Nerd in training

Joe and I have been faithfully doing our Pilates Mat exercises 3-4x/week minimum for over a year now…long enough to feel a bit ‘off' when we haven't done our exercises.

Joe has drunk nearly all the Pilates Kool-Aid I tell you, with only a few minor quibbles here and there.

So our workout time has become another nice way for us to hang out together and sometimes – not for the 5am workouts – we banter back and forth, trying our best not to descend into trash talk.

That's why there's so much hugging…

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

As a practitioner of Pilates one becomes well aware of exercises in which we excel and those “other exercises” that offer a great, great challenge. Joe is currently vexed by the Open Leg Rocker. Poor dear.

Although I could elect several of the exercises to be my nemesis, the one that currently glares at me the most is Swimming.

Pilates Mat Exercise #28: Swimming (Bonus Video Blog)

Benjamin Degenhardt to the rescue! Thanks 🙂


Even the word looks sinister. Too symmetrical. The double nasal consonants a tad too confrontational.

My tight shoulders and hips often best me in this exercise, but I am hot on their trail at the moment.

Joe – of the loosey-goosey variety – gets a good laugh at my attempts. Literally.

“It's funny, how hard that is for you.”

Is it?

What am I, a clown to you?!

Well Hello Mr. Small Barrel

I got a last laugh recently when Joe lay over the Small Barrel and realized he had little capacity to bend backwards, despite his pretzel-status when bending forward, to the side or twisting.

Everybody's got something.

Dead in the Water

Joe's right though. The Swimming exercise just dusts me. No use in denying it. I have stamina for dozens of teasers for days, but a few paltry seconds of Swimming and I'm toast.

How many breaths? (desperation builds) How many seconds to swim?

Oh, fu*k it, I'm done.

Do you remember Nelson from the Simpsons?

I hear it loud and clear as I strive to perfect my Swimming.

Swimming 2014: Don't quit your day job…

2017 UPDATE!!

Swimming, now one of my most favorite feel-good exercises deserves a new post full of love!

Stay tuned…

What's your God-I-hate-it-maybe-someday-I'll-love-it exercise? And how's it going?

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  1. Hilareous article.
    ‘The one that currently glares at me at the moment is’ Swan Dive, and I’m little bit nervous tomorrow I have my lesson with Sandy and she wants to see me do my mat work!!!!! The moment of truth has arrived. Thank God for March Matness, I have been practicing my mat work more than usual- still haven’t been able to organize and open myself enough to do even a lame Swan Dive…help, I need a locksmith

    • Oooh I feel you on that one Arlene, Swan Dive is right up there with Swimming for me actually…But little by little, day by day and Sandy is a great one for help with the Mat 🙂 And you have all the MATness on your side as well…Courage!

  2. Love it!! Great workout, and great to see you both. SO much nicer than pasta bowls… 😉

    • Lisa!! Thank you so much for reading/watching and sharing your comments 🙂 I know, a loooong way from pasta bowls bigger than your head – LOL.

      Hope you are well and thriving and love to you from both of us – gimpy swimmer and gimpy Rocker. Pilates to the People!

  3. Just had so much fun with that! I’ve been practising on the reformer lots recently as i’ve started doing my apparatus training with Amy (Everybody Pilates) and it’s been so nice getting down on my mat and rediscovering some of the exercises! I’m now in love with control balance!! I’m off to nerd it out a bit more!! 🙂

    • Thanks so much Lucy for reading/watching and for sharing your comments 🙂 I too love the Control Balance – and I love Amy as well! Glad to know you are having fun and revisiting the Mat exercises. Keep up the good work!

  4. Well I’d say that it’s the twist for me (ironic given my chosen pen name, but even more ironic given the reason behind my choice), but these days I’m not really working to hard on it. Which isn’t to say that it may not be improved when I attempt it again, because I address what I believe to be the underlying cause of my challenge (shoulder placement) every day. Sometimes a little time off from a challenge does wonders. I mentioned that to a client and he agreed. Said he learned that from horses, 4 months out to pasture after a rigorous season was the ideal and necessary preparation for success in the following season. Thanks for making me laugh!

    • Hey there – Thanks for sharing this – I too go back and forth with keeping consistent and daily vs. giving whatever hard skill I am working on a bit of a rest for a while. My mind struggles with this actually. I like the story about the horses. Ugh, and the Twist yes – tough stuff. Glad you could get a chuckle too 🙂 Rock on – uh, or Twist on? xo

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