Thanks Order of the Pilates Exercises: Transitions! Transitions!

Thanks Order of the Pilates Exercises: Transitions! Transitions!

Tevye, of Fiddler on the Roof fame, works hard to perfect his Pilates transitions (Transitions)!

Transitions connect Joe Pilates' exercises into one continuous movement of dynamic stretching – which requires great strength and control.

Transitions consist of everyday pedestrian movements for which your Pilates workout diligently prepares you. You'll get up, get down, kneel, balance and turn, step up and down, reach and lift objects. You will strive for efficiency in these movements creating a deliberate but brisk tempo to your workout.

Aerobic, you say?

Yes, efficiency is the name of the game. The more efficient you are with the exercises and the transitions the more you will build endurance and stamina.

Often a transition may be more difficult than the exercises it connects.

Some common transitions on the Reformer include:

  • Lowering the footbar with your feet before the Hundred while lying down after the Footwork.
  • Sitting up and turning in a Teaser after the Hundred to remove 2 springs before Overhead OR Setting up the long straps for Frog and Circles – getting into them and out of them before Overhead.
  • The Teaser transition after Backstroke to remove a spring for the next exercise (Teaser).
  • Getting rid of the straps on your feet after the Long Spine Massage.
  • Efficient pace and tempo during exercise series like Stomach Massage, Short Box and Knee Stretches.

Transitions elevate the order of the exercises to dizzy new heights.

How cool are you when you not only perform the Backstroke and Teaser on the Reformer, but also connect them seamlessly while removing a spring.

What an icebreaker at parties.

Thank you so so much for watching and stay awesome, my friends!

Wanna see other transitions in a video? Look no further:

To efficiency and beyond!

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  1. LOVE THIS!!! Let’s work on all of them!! This would be part of a great workshop!!

    • Marie,

      Thanks so much – yes, there will be later installments of this series that will address other transitions on the Reformer. It would make a nice workshop topic – or part of a larger workshop on the Reformer – good thinking! Thanks you for watching and sharing your thoughts 🙂

  2. At this particular time I wish for transition into and out of Frog & Leg Circles with extension straps.
    Looking forward to all installments on transitions and why not a workshop!

    • Yay! You got it. Work on the 2 transitions in this video and then stay tuned for the next installment 🙂 Thanks for watching and see you soon!

  3. Hi Andrea: definitely the transition from backstroke to teaser is harder for me than the exercises them selves. I am still working on going to my dominant side for survival. Maybe one day I will get plucky and try the dreaded weaker side. Thanks for showing how you use your arm to get your hip lifted. I have also seen the arm reaching for the spring lightly bracing against the box to remove the spring with the other hand/wrist. This way the carriage does not move. Also very tricky.

    • Hi Lynn,

      Thanks so much for watching and for sharing your insights on this fun and tricky transition. I will have to try what you suggest as well. And yes, do give it a go on the less dominant side – I like to go back and forth 🙂 Thanks again for being your awesome Pilates self and have a great week!

  4. Super, will try and nail these! LOVE that you mention and demonstrate both sides…because balance is everything 😉

    It’s like driver vs passenger seat…and how it feels so weird to get in your own car and ride in the passenger side…hmmmm

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