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Classical Pilates Reformer Sequence, Dive in to the Original Work! Day 1

Instructor: Kristine Chaussard
Level: All Levels

Focus :   

Classical Pilates Reformer sequence day 1 includes the following list of exercises seen below under “course of this class”. This is a tribute to the power of the work itself, refining our practice and deepening our strength in each of these moves. This program focuses on your form, alignment and breath through each exercise. Mind-body awareness to your muscle activations and movement patterns. Use these classes to perfect your own practice. If you love the classical work, here it is! We will cover the first half of the original order of classical exercises and our day/part 2 will cover the latter half.

Equipment Needed :     

Reformer and the long box.

Class Level :     

Intermediate presented as most of the classical exercises are at that level if you will. Modifications given for beginners and advanced when appropriate.

The Course of this Class :   



Roll Over


Rowing back round and flat

Rowing front tall and round


Hug a tree

Long Box series: Swan, Pulling straps, Backstroke, Teaser, Breaststroke, Hamstring pull, Horseback

Long Stretch series: Long stretch, Down stretch, Up stretch, Elephant flat and round, Arabesque

Long back stretch

Stomach Massage

Tendon stretch

Short box series: Round, Flat, Sides, Twist and Reach, Around the world, Tree

Short Spine


This classical pilates reformer sequence will remain the same throughout our program. So on every odd number day this will be your sequence. This enables you to focus not on sequence or variation, choreography or coordination as much as form, breath and pattern.

Goals :     

Deepen your practice, refine your work, focus on your breath and muscle activations in and through each exercise. Improve your form and flow, power and efficiency in movement. Increase your mind-body awareness. Learn the classical exercises, their names and the order.

Other classically inspired workouts you might enjoy : 

Classical Pilates Reformer Fly Over & Flow Through, Classical Pilates Reformer Workout – Picking it up from the Middle, Sculpting Reformer workout, Pilates Classics meet HIIT, Live Replay, Totally Toned, Tight & Coordinated Mind-Body Reformer Roller Workout, The Magic Reformer Sandwich, 20 Minute Abs

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