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Small Improvements = Big Changes, Classical Reformer Pilates, Day 5

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

Small improvements make big changes, so keep up your practice and the repetition today as you back through the classical sequence starting from the beginning today. Focus on the small details of alignment, placing, precision, breath and control. Start to pay more attention to your muscle activations within each exercise instead of the choreography of the exercise itself or what’s next.

The more we repeat the more and more fluid this will become, this week you are going to see and feel changes! We are week 3 already!

Equipment Needed :     

Reformer and the long box.

Class Level :     

Intermediate for some things, all levels for others. Suggestions given where modifications are needed. Always listen to your body and move appropriately.

The Course of this Class :   

Below are the exercises and order followed class:



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


You know the sequence pretty well now, don’t worry about what’s coming next, focus in on the small things. Remember today is about repetition beginning to work for us, small improvements will equal big changes. Note where you feel changes or even start to notice things you hadn’t before in your body as you move. This will also give you new focuses.

Goals :     

Practice, repeat, track progressions and measure change in your practice. Improve and increase overall strength. Follow the classical exercises and their order of presentation. Increase grace, ease and efficiency of 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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