Creating the Habit
A good Pilates practice is one that is integrated into your daily life. That isn't to say you must do an hour workout everyday, but since a little bit will go a long way, Kristi has designed a 30 day challenge to help you create a habit of Pilates. Some days are more intense, others are quite light. Follow along and share your experience in the forums along the way with those that are doing it with you. This playlist is lovingly put together for the person who has some experience in Pilates but difficulty with consistency. The overall playlist is an intermediate (level 2) but there will be some days that include some advanced exercises. Please modify where needed. For those of you who have Reformers and want to mix them in here and there, Kristi has added 4 options for you to place where ever you like. I would resist the temptation to put them in place of lectures or short classes. The body needs work, play and REST!
Suitable For: People familiar with Pilates (Level 1 to Level 2)
Playlist Created by: Kristi Cooper
Day 1 - Getting Started! This class will give you a kick start towards creating the habit of Pilates. It is designed to give your body a once over when time or motivation is short. During this challenge this will also be the go to class when you really don't think you can complete a full class due to time. At only 12 minutes, you'll be surprised to see how great you'll feel and how your whole body feels worked out.
New Years Workout
Kristi Cooper Moderate Pace
Level 1/2 10 min
BASI Pilates® Jan 10, 2012
Day 2 - This 32 minute class flows through modified versions of exercises to come in the level 2/3 classes. Learn important movement patterns in this class that will be repeated as you progress in your Pilates practice. The beginnings of classic exercises like the Double Leg Stretch, Rollover, Side Bend and Swan Dive are taught in this short class.
Mat Workout
Kristi Cooper Moderate Pace
Level 1 30 min
BASI Pilates® Feb 08, 2010
Day 3 - This class will look very familiar to yesterdays class... As a matter of fact they were originally taught together in the same hour! This is the same series of exercises you did yesterday but this time they are not modified with the exception of a few that are more advanced than the standard version. So far so good? It's day three already!!
Mat Workout
Kristi Cooper Moderate Pace
Level 2 30 min
BASI Pilates® Feb 08, 2010
Day 5 - You'll love this class! Consider it your reward for making it to day 5 of the challenge. Though it may seem I'm being easy on you, foot work is some of the most important work we can do when it comes to aligning our whole body. Distinguished Instructor Madeline Black takes us through a sophisticated footwork classes using simple tools for assistance. A small tennis ball (pet toy) and a broccoli rubber-band are all you need to enjoy this invigorating and therapeutic class.
Foot Work Workout
Madeline Black Deliberate Pace
Level 1 30 min
Madeline Black Pilates Mar 14, 2011
Day 4 - For day four, I summon our dear friend Malcolm Muirhead. This is a great class taught in the style of Michael King Pilates. While offering informative and detailed cues that refine and educate, Malcolm teaches class focusing on fundamental skills required to do this work well. Enjoy the music, the imagery and depth of connection offered in this class by this talented and fun instructor.
Mat Workout
Malcolm Muirhead Deliberate Pace
Level 1/2 60 min
Michael King Pilates Jun 11, 2011
Day 6 - Join Meredith for this Mat workout that uses the Magic Circle to challenge your movements and add variety to your practice. Lots of stretches, challenging Abdominal work and great Upper Back exercises. Enjoy!
Mat Workout
Meredith Rogers Deliberate Pace
Level 2 50 min
BASI Pilates® Dec 18, 2011
Day 7 - Re-inspire your self on your 7th day with Master teacher Kathy Corey. Kathy dedicates the class to her teacher and friend; first generation teacher, Kathy Grant who passed away two weeks prior to the filming of this class. Many of the exercises in this class were exercises taught to Kathy Corey by Kathy Grant and aren't frequently seen in most studios. It is an inspired class, one we think you'll enjoy repeatedly as it is loads of fun too! Through Kathy's masterful teaching we all share in a piece of Pilates history.
Mat Workout
Kathy Corey Moderate Pace
Level 2 50 min
Kathy Corey Pilates Jun 29, 2010
Day 8 - You're in for a whole lot of fun today! Grab a chair and Let Tracey show you why this is the most popular class on the site. The Booty Barre™ class is a unique fun, high energy class. It fuses legendary fitness techniques from Pilates, Dance, Calisthenics and yoga. You will streamline, firm, tighten and tone your entire body without adding bulk. Creating balance, posture, body awareness, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. The result is a body that looks and moves 10 years younger! This is a level 2/3 class and you are 8 days in to the challenge. Your challenge is to make your form your priority while still having a good time. If you get do all the repetitions that's okay... you may get another chance within the next 21 days to try again! :-)
Booty Barre™
Tracey Mallett Accelerated Pace
Level 2/3 50 min
BASI Pilates® Nov 23, 2010
Day 9 - I know, I know this is a Pilates Challenge not a meditation challenge! That is precisely why I am adding in this guided meditation to our line up. Awareness is the first principle of Pilates (BASI Pilates) so I say we all bring more awareness into our Pilates practice and into our lives beginning with this meditation. Bobbee Kellner brings her years of experience with Pilates, Yoga and Meditation together in this 10 minute guided meditation. Stay for just the 10 minutes or let the video be the beginning of a longer sit. If you are new to meditation and want to know more, stay tuned to watch her discussion with Kristi where they speak about what Meditation is and how it can facilitate a deeper Pilates practice. Oh and either before or after the meditation, go for a walk or dance in the living room to get your heart rate going a bit. You're doing great!
Meditation
Bobbee Kellner
10 min (3 Chapters)
Tutorial Nov 01, 2011
Day 10 - Use the Magic Circle in this Mat workout with Meredith to find your center, perfect your Push Up and strengthen all over. Enjoy the Jack Knife, a lovely Swan variation and some delicious stretches
Mat Workout
Meredith Rogers Moderate Pace
Level 2/3 60 min
BASI Pilates® Nov 17, 2011
Day 11 - Amy challenges you with this 30 minute ball class offering you a few new exercises to your ball repertoire. She sets the intention of moving slowly through this class following the Pilates principle of control. Starting with breathing and basic abdominal movements, she moves into hamstring and glut work that will grab your attention with a single leg passe developed pattern and diamond bridging/moving bridges. She progresses into more balance and pelvic stability patterns with 'walking out' giving you time to feel your hip extensors at work. Latissumus stretches are a nice break before the knees on the ball ab work including skier and arabesque. A delicious hip flexor stretch and ball balance conclude this fun ball workout. Enjoy!
Mat Workout
Amy Havens Moderate Pace
Level 2 30 min
Pilates Conservatory® Oct 16, 2011
Day 12 - Hang in there... You're almost halfway. It's time to focus, go a little deeper. This is a good class to take for the person who is familiar with the basics of the intermediate repertoire but also wants to focus on some of the intricacies of the work.
Mat Workout
Kristi Cooper Moderate Pace
Level 2 50 min
BASI Pilates® Dec 06, 2011
Day 13 - Now is a good time to recommit to your challenge. I thought it would be good to listen in on some of Gary Calderone's conversation with me about why he thinks the intention of Joseph Pilates work was to be a vehicle for conscious change, health sovereignty and self - reliance. Gary tells us why he believes it was Joseph Pilates’ “hope that people would and could change their way of thinking and their lives to the betterment of humankind by embracing his work.” Your challenge today is to watch Chapter 1 and chapter 2 (at least). To earn extra credit you must play outside for a half hour. Everything counts as long as you're having fun! If it's snowing, well, bundle up and begin plans to visit us at PA this time next year :-)
The Pilates Path to Health
Gary Calderone
1 hr 40 min (5 Chapters)
Discussion Jan 12, 2012
Day 14 - Today you get to take class from Master Teacher Michael King! Michael starts and finishes standing, working all the things in between that we need to help keep the spine long throughout the day. Michael artfully adds layers to the movement patterns allowing you to find the most beneficial point for you to maintain the integrity of the exercise. This is a class you will take over and over as he provides many options for you to cater the class to your needs on any given day. Enjoy class from this talented Master Teacher!
Mat Workout
Michael King Moderate Pace
Level 1/2 60 min
Michael King Pilates Jun 29, 2010
Day 15 - Half way there ... once you finish this challenge! Use the Magic circle to tap into your powerhouse right away working with variations that will keep you paying attention to your body. If it weren't for the stretching and the extra attention the glutes also get, we would have called this class "additional abs" class. Enjoy! This class has a stronger emphasis on abdominal work including many rotational patterns to work the obliques
Mat Workout
Kristi Cooper Moderate Pace
Level 2 60 min
BASI Pilates® Mar 09, 2011
Comments on this Playlist

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Kristi Cooper (Moderator)
I had so much fun putting this playlist together it actually FELT like playing! My hope is that you would see the many benefits that we gain when committing to a consistent practice of Pilates. I'd love to hear what you think. More to come!
3 years ago

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Thanks for putting this together! I just got down to my pre-baby weight and am ready to tone up... this will help keep me on track. :)
3 years ago

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This is awesome! Love it - and starting today to join this 30 day challenge. It was tough doing 30 days in a row in August, but gratifying. This is so much better since you selected the workouts for me! :)
3 years ago

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Day 2 is done -- thank you for putting this together!! I have been using PA for about a year now and absolutely love it. This will be a nice exploration into classes I might not have taken otherwise. Cheers!
3 years ago

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I love this idea....I'm going to do it so count me in!! Thanks for putting it together Kristi!!
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Kristi Cooper (Moderator)
Rachel the exploration into other classes has turned out to be an added benefit. Even some of our own instructors are taking this challenge to get better acquainted with all the different instructors and to really explore the site as a whole. How cool is that?
3 years ago

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I am gearing up to leading my retreat in Mexico next month. Flying back home today after some really challenging life experiences, so I have a feeling that this is exactly what I'll need to get me focused again on what I love and do best. I'll keep you posted on how I do...
3 years ago

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Thanks, Kristi! This will be an awesome challenge for me but I'm in. :)
3 years ago

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What a great idea! Can't wait to start. Any chance you could suggest optional reformer workouts for some of the 30 days? I invested in an allegro reformer last year and like to alternate workout but am not quite sure about the best sequences. I'm a level 2. Thanks, love your site!
3 years ago

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Ted Johnson (Moderator)
@Kathy - Might be good for one of the instructors (Kristi, what do you think?) to make an alternate challenge playlist that includes some reformer classes for people like you who own home reformers.
3 years ago

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