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Pilates Centering for Core Centric Classical Reformer, Day 12

Instructor: Kristine Chaussard
Level: Advanced, Intermediate

Focus :   

Our Pilates centering shifts our focus to the last 2 of our Pilates principles yet to cover: centering and concentration. It may seem a different combo, but I feel that as we concentrate we begin to move from our center around our spine outward. Try to turn off the phone and any distractions that are likely to pop into today’s class so that you can give yourself the best opportunity to flow through today’s session and really connect to your center!

We are nearing the end of our classical reformer program, we only have 2 days left, give it all you have today and begin to see how to weave all the prior principles together as well. All awareness on deck today.

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 – Advanced presented (all depends on the exercise). Modifications/suggestions given when appropriate.

The Course of this Class :   



Roll Over – our warm up for today and now we jump into where we left off from day 5.

Chest Expansion

Thigh Stretch




Tick tock


Balance Control on/off

Long Spine

High Frogs

Leg circles

Knee Stretch series: round, flat, off


Pelvic lift

High bridge

Leg pull front

Leg pull back

Side splits

Front splits

Russian splits

Have fun today finding your pilates centering, how to really move from your center out in all our exercises, even if it isn’t an outright core exercise. We need to learn to actively keep our core on while mobilizing our extremities. Fine tune your practice today; and remember to continue weaving in all the other principles as well.

Goals :     

Improve mind-body awareness. Improve ability to move from center out. Increase and maintain core strength. Work on keeping concentration through a full session. Weave together all other principles also. Continue working through classical exercises and developing strength within. Full body strength.

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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