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Precise, Intentional and Intelligent Movement, Classical Reformer, Day 11

Instructor: Kristine Chaussard
Level: All Levels, Intermediate

Focus :   

Our classical reformer today continues our focus on precision as we move through the first part of our sequence of classical exercises. Precision is all about intentionality, engaging from the right muscles, keeping your breath fluid throughout your movement, remaining connected mind-body throughout, and fine tuning your movement from start to finish. Remember that though we are focusing on precision, we don’t want to forget the prior principles we have been working on, so try to weave these in and make them become an integral part of your movement practice: breath, fluidity, and control.

The 6 principles of Pilates are:




Flow (fluidity)

Centering (move from core out as well as mind-body awareness)


Equipment Needed :     

Reformer and the long box.

Class Level :     

Intermediate to all levels, it depends on the exercise. Exercises are being presented in their classical form, when a modification is possible, suggestions are given.

The Course of this Class :   

Below are the exercises class order:



Roll Over


Rowing back round and flat

Rowing front tall and round


Hug a tree

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

Then: 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


Enjoy the fact that you know these classical reformer exercises and their coordination now, so direct your focus to today’s theme: precision. Note where you see improvements, feel changes or start to make new connections you might have not had before in your own movement.

Goals :     

Improve precision of movement throughout push and pull phases. Maintain mind-body connection, moving intentionally and intelligently throughout entire sequencing and class. Continue to fine tune your own practice as well as your practice of Joseph Pilates’ classical exercises. Increase your awareness. Improve your alignment. Develop grace, ease and efficiency in all your movement.

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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