March MATness 2017: Let the Games Begin!

March MATness 2017: Let the Games Begin!

It's hard to believe we are on the cusp of March MATness 2017!

How did it all start?

March MATness 2017: Let the Games Begin!

Now in its 5th year, March MATness is a global celebration of the original Mat exercises and brilliant body conditioning system that is our beloved Contrology.

Read more here.

OMG I love the Mat exercises!

March MATness 2017: Let the Games Begin!

Yes.

It's true.

I'm endlessly fascinated with all of Joe's Mat exercises. He stretches us to the very edges of our capabilities with infinite variations on a theme.

My personal Mat workout consists of the 34 exercises from Joe Pilates and the 3 extra ‘Series of 5‘ exercises reportedly added by Romana Kryzanowska: Single Straight Leg Stretch (Scissors), Double Straight Leg Stretch (Lower Lift), and Criss Cross. Another staple is Thigh Stretch, an exercise Jay Grimes learned from Joe Pilates in the 1960s.

Which brings my total to a whopping 38 exercises!

Sometimes I like to add the High Bridge after the Shoulder Bridge. Because I can.

And if you can you should.

Every little bit of this workout can be completed in under 30 minutes.

Let's get the party started with the Hundred on Wednesday March 1, 2017.

The Order of the Universe

March MATness 2017: Let the Games Begin!

I'm a huge fan of Joe Pilates' original order of the Mat exercises.

What a precious gift from Joe Pilates.

We've got an entire month (and beyond) to focus on his brilliant sequencing.

Thanks Joe.

If you're new to the order of the Pilates Mat exercises get your list of the exercises here.

Stay tuned in March for the debut of My Mat Poster…coming soon!

3 Cheers for our Faves

March MATness 2017: Let the Games Begin!

This year I'm thrilled to have a few more favorites on the Mat than in previous years. Maybe you do too.

Since last year's MATness I have come to thoroughly enjoy Swimming.

Way more than I ever thought possible…

Other stretchy favorites include Control Balance and Bicycle.

Don't get me started on the rolling exercises…  #goodtimesroll

Wanna take a closer look?

March MATness 2017: Let the Games Begin!

On the Mat, perfecting your exercises can take time.

Use these posts to dive in deep this week and sail on through the weekend:

Maybe you're ready to link your exercises together into one glorious chain of movement?

Tighten up those transitions between exercises all month long:

Or you can watch the playlist on YouTube.

MATness All Month Long

I hope you'll join me here for Mat-centric posts as we move and sweat our way through the MATness.

Got an exercise you'd like to see featured in a post or tutorial?

Leave a comment below and I'll get on the Mat!

And here's where you can find me in 2017.

1 Moment of Clarity with a Pilates Twist

1 Moment of Clarity with a Pilates TwistIn a race to the top of my Most Challenging list are the Pilates Side Bending exercises and the Pilates Twisting Exercises.

Naturally a part of me loathes them. A pretty big part of me until recently. They are difficult and therefore exactly what I need to be doing.

Even the nasty ones.

Twisting feels good to my already-twisted-a-bit back.

Me? Twisted?! Thanks for the feigned shock, I appreciate it.

As my understanding and execution improves I am (slowly) beginning to love them (a little bit). I almost enjoy the Criss Cross on the Mat. Ridiculous!

The secrets I am discovering? You'd better sit down for this one.

It's all about LENGTH.

Yup.

No more tricky twisty cranking around to get more “twist”. The power of posture is remarkable.

Lifting up and forward can solve the world's problems.

I am now sure of it.

1 Moment of Clarity with a Pilates Twist

On Saturday August 24, 2013 I am thrilled to present a mat class at Prana Pilates, home of the lovely Karen Ellis. Hope you can join me. Sign up here and click on the WORKSHOPS tab.

Check out Karen's new site Pilates Nerd that “aspires to shake things up and redefine what it means to be a nerd. A Pilates Nerd is a highly intelligent individual, does Pilates, gets really excited to learn, and is fascinated with most everything related to Pilates.”