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Pilates Challenge: Refining Performance of the Classical Exercises, Day 4

Instructor: Kristine Chaussard
Level: Advanced, All Levels, Intermediate
Focus :   

Pilates challenge, yes we continue to challenge ourselves in perfecting our exercise, practice and performance of each classical exercise, picking up today where we left off from day 3. Remember that today includes some very advanced exercises in the classical repertoire, so please be mindful to skip them if you are not ready for them in your own practice. Stepping stones are given. Continue to keep your focus centered and internal throughout class as we want to move from our center out. The challenge is less in the choreography and much more in the breath, concentration, precision, control, fluidity, and centering.

Equipment Needed :     

Reformer and the long box.

Class Level :     

Intermediate – Advanced presented (all depends on the exercise). Modifications (stepping stones) given for beginners.

The Course of this Class :   



Roll Over – Though these 3 are at the beginning of day 1, we don’t want to start class with chest expansion, so every even numbered day we will use these 3 to warm us up and then we will pick up where we left off.

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

This pilates challenge of the classical reformer order will remain the same every even numbered day, throughout our program. The purpose of this is for you to refine your practice and focus on your control, precision, concentration, form/alignment, breath and movement patterns.

Goals :     

Refine your practice and improve your form and movement patterns. Practice and repeat! Learn and become more and more familiar with the classical Reformer exercises. Increase your strength. Improve your control, precision and concentration. See and feel tangible change in your performance of each exercise.

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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