[50 Minute] Pilates Reformer Routine for Busy Lifestyles

50-Min Pilates Reformer Workout with Lesley Logan, Embracing a Mindful Approach to Personalized Fitness I’m Lesley Logan, I’ve been teaching supplies since 2008. My teacher studied with Joseph Pilates and so this workout is based on Joseph Pilates’ order. I’m going to give you opportunities to leave out anything that is not right for your… Continue reading [50 Minute] Pilates Reformer Routine for Busy Lifestyles

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  • January 14, 2024
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50 Min Pilates Reformer Workout | Online Pilates Classes

50-Min Pilates Reformer Workout with Lesley Logan, Embracing a Mindful Approach to Personalized Fitness

I’m Lesley Logan, I’ve been teaching supplies since 2008. My teacher studied with Joseph Pilates and so this workout is based on Joseph Pilates’ order. I’m going to give you opportunities to leave out anything that is not right for your body today. And remember, any amount of minutes is better than no amount of minutes. So if you cannot do the full workout with me yet, that’s okay, hit pause wherever you want, come back and see where you go the next time. This flexibility is also something you’ll find in our pilates reformer workout app, allowing you to tailor your workout to your pace. When in doubt, leave it out. Alright, so please be kind to your body. And remember, it’s brave and courageous to replace anything that I am doing with something you can do right now, every exercise is compounding in Pilates. And so as the workout furthers, there’s going to be exercises that are bringing a couple of the ones in the beginning together, you can replace that with something we’ve done at the beginning that was a challenge for you.

Warming Up with Tailored Footwork on the Reformer

In order to get ourselves warmed up for our pilates reformer workout full body, we’ll start with footwork. And I always try to do heavier springs so my springs are all the same weight, yours might be weighted. So, when I recommend three to four springs you’re going to pick your heavy spring. When I recommend two springs, you’ll pick a heavy medium or two heavies. Pick what supports you, you don’t want to feel like it’s pushing you around. But you also don’t want to feel like you have no support at all. That’s why we’re using the Reformer. Also make sure your straps are nice and long. If they’re too short, the spring settings I recommend aren’t going to feel as awesome. Alright, so with that being said, let’s get into it.

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The Real Way to Create Lasting Pilates Habits

If you’re struggling with creating habits around your practice, definitely check out our video on how habits are truly created because they’re not created by doing repetition. They’re actually not created by doing 21 days of Pilates. They are created by how you feel about yourself and your practice as you do it.

So if you are like “What?!” yeah, then I want you to watch it. Because you can create a habit around Pilates really quickly. And you can go on vacation, you can have holidays. And you can easily get back into your habit. How cool is that? One of the pilates reformer workout benefits is that it facilitates this ease of returning to your routine. So when I go away, I don’t have all of my morning routine options, right? When I come back, I can easily get back into it, not because I’m a robot. Or there’s something different about me than you. But because of how I create and treat myself around the habits that I want to have.

OPC’s Approach to Building Habits and Community Support

At OPC, everything is designed with your habits in mind. So we celebrate you a lot, we help you celebrate yourself. All of the teachers on OPC, like myself, are fully certified comprehensively trained. And the combined amount of teaching is decades, like 60-70 years, which is kind of insane, right? So much expertise all there to support you. You are getting to know yourself more. You’re spending time with yourself. You having a moment that stops the chaos. Our weekly classes are 30 minutes, our monthly classes are 50 like this, and you can do any amount of minutes possible. You do not have to commit all or nothing. That doesn’t work. So no ads, just us supporting you and holding you accountable because we’ll take those classes away. So you show up for you not because we’re mean but because we know that you need sometimes that little sense of urgency to make sure you take that class before it goes away.

And you have this incredible community that reminds you that you’re awesome that you can share a-ha moments with and you can ask questions so that if you are like, “hey how does this go?” We’ll answer them daily. You don’t have to wait for the Sunday live or someday get to your question. It happens in that group as soon as you ask. And like I said in the class, if you have a question about your form, we can check that out for you. It’s something that no other platform will. It’s a little like having a personalized private session, you send in a video of your exercise, that you’re wondering how it’s going and we tell you exactly what you need to do about it. Sometimes this is a simple change of your equipment. Sometimes it’s a change of where you’re placing your hands. With those Russian splits, so many people put the foot in the wrong place. Of course it’s scary. Of course they don’t feel stable. So simple things like that are things we love to do. And we help you see how the all the exercises are intertwined, remind you it’s brave and courageous to be where you are. Right?

So if you are needing that in your life, go to OnlinePilatesClasses.com/free to get our special trial offer. Thank you so much. Any questions you can ask them in the comments below. We go live on Sundays on YouTube answering your questions, including those about our pilates reformer youtube workout. And remember you can start a new habit on any day. You don’t have to wait for it to be the New Year. It can be later in the year. But we can start one right now just by you saying, “I want to do this” and then making it small and tangible and able to do so no more all or nothing. No more being perfect. Show up as you are. That’s we’re here to support you. Have an amazing day and thank you so much for letting me work out with you today!

By Lesley Logan

Lesley Logan, NCPT, is the founder of OnlinePilatesClasses.com, the first free online catalogue of Pilates exercise tutorial videos, where you can also find weekly online mat classes and workshops. When not teaching from her studio in Los Angeles, Lesley can be found traveling the world leading Pilates retreats, or offering Pilates business coaching to studio owners and other instructors through her private mastermind group. Connect with Lesley on instagram @lesley.logan or through the contact page on this site.

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SUCH A TEASE

ONLINE MAT & REFORMER PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

Teaser is probably one of the most photographed exercises in Pilates. Which makes people think it's a "peak pose." But, it's anything but! It's simply another layer to your Pilates practice. This week we will acknowledge how each exercise contributes to your ability to do Teaser (someday) and then how Teaser teaches you where to get curious in your practice.

On the Mat we will use light weights for one round of Teaser as they can be helpful for those still adding into their practice.
No props on the Reformer.

See you in class,

xx~LL

MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, light weights and a Mat!

>> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a Reformer!

>> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

UP, UP, & AWAY

ONLINE MAT, REFORMER, CADILLAC & WUNDA CHAIR PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

We are all going to feel like Super Humans after this month!!

Whenever I’m in a hard exercise (for me) where I’m holding myself up with my arms and reaching my legs away I picture myself with super human strength!!! I can do ANYTHING! It makes me smile and helps me stay STRONG.

This month our exercise is Up Stretch and when you think about it - reaching your legs away and staying strong over the carriage may feel a lot like flying!

We’ll be focusing on stabilizing our strong cores while staying equally balanced in our arms and legs. We are giving you some amazing building blocks by merging strength and stretch in all directions. You are going to get a little bit of everything that you can use to connect to your Up Stretch (and even your Roll Up and Knee Stretches Off).

Chair: Please have a foam roller and a balance pad available. We are going to challenge your balance safely.

xx-LL

CRAB SPECIAL

Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

I've had a lot of questions about the Crab on the Mat and I think there are a lot of fears around it. I believe you can Crab sooner than you think! On the Mat, the focus is about the Crab which comes at the end of the order, so let see how everything we do is to prep for it. On the Reformer, there's so much we can strengthen and practice so that you can do the Crab. Let's make a Crab Special!

Mat - Magic Circle. If you don't have one, you can use a ball or theraband or an old pair of leggings

Reformer - no props needed

See ya in class,

xx~LL 💋

    MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, Magic Circle (ball, theraband or old pair of leggings) and a mat!

    >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

    REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a reformer!

    >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

    EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE

    Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

    An OPC favorite theme is back! This week's class is prop free and all about focusing on your breath. Focus on when you're holding your breath so we can explore why. And as best you can inhale and exhale as you move so that the breath can help you rock, roll, reach and stretch!

    Joseph Pilates was BIG ON BREATHING! I won't make you pull out your breathisizer but I do want you to fill those lungs up!

    See ya in class,

    xx~LL 💋

    MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, and a mat!

    >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

    REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, and a reformer!

    >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

    HIPPY KI-YAY, MAT & REFORMER

    Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

    To find the work, we’ll use a hip band and mix some reformer exercises into the mat workout and some mat exercises into the reformer workout. We’ll work on finding connections to our hips while loosening them up and making them stronger.

    Mat Props: hip band, light weights, and something to prop the hips up.
    Reformer Props: hip band and your typical reformer pieces

    See you in class,

    Rachel

      MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, hip band, light weights and a mat!

      >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

      REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, hip band and a reformer!

      >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

      ANCHORS AWEIGH!

      Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

      Anchors Aweigh is often misspelled as Anchors Away! Did you know this? And did you know this - The expression anchors aweigh means all the anchors are clear of the sea bottom, and the ship begins its voyage. So, I actually thought I was being clever when I changed it to Anchors Aweigh because I want to use the 1 lb weights as a prop. Also, I want to use this theme to bring focus and clarity during each exercise about what's not moving vs. what is moving. And really keeping what’s not supposed to move as still and stable as can be. May be harder than you think to do, so let’s have fun with it! Think of it as a game.

      Mat prop: 1 lb weights (water bottles or soup cans as substitutions ) + pole (dowel/broomstick/swiffer as substitutions)
      Reformer prop: 1 lb weights (water bottles or soup cans as substitutions ) + pole (dowel/broomstick/swiffer as substitutions)

      See you in class,

      Christine

      MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, 1 lb weights, pole and a mat!

      >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

      REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, 1 lb weights, pole and a reformer!

      >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

      WINTER WONDERLAND

      Online Mat, Reformer, Cadillac & Wunda Chair Pilates Class Descriptions:

      OPC Teacher Christine loves the snow! Snowy days make her happy. So during the winter season, her Pilates practice is more to support her snowy activities. Skiing, Ice Skating, Snowboarding and more! In class, we’ll work on some breathing, balance, lower body stamina, and upper body strength to carry all that gear!

      Cadillac/Tower = no props needed
      Wunda = no props needed
      Reformer = no props needed
      Mat = no props needed

      See ya in class,

      xx-LL 💋

      THE BIG 4-6

      ONLINE MAT, REFORMER, CADILLAC & WUNDA CHAIR PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

      It's Mindi's BDAY month y'all and she is turning the Big 4 6!!! Oh yeah, which means that we are going to be doing either 4 reps of an exercise or 6!!! Alternating between the two means you get to explore what it feels like to have more reps or less reps to play with an exercise.

      Mat class - have your magic circle ready!

      See ya in class,

      xx-LL 💋

      Wish I was a Baller

      Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

      In this class we will use the small ball in a variety of ways to find more connection in each exercise. Finding your upper back, Thass and inner thighs to name a few. We have added a few variations and a little creativity to make this class fun and challenging. Hopefully in the end you will feel like a baller!

      Mindi

      MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, small ball and a mat!

      >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

      REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, small ball, sitting box and a reformer!

      >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.