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Lesley Logan / About Author
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.
Full Body in 15 – July 2022 – Group Coaching Calls
An additional 4-call training series all about how to better your personal Pilates practice. We’ll do a quick 15 minute workout and then I’ll actually watch you do the exercises that you have questions about, and we’ll dig in together for the rest of the call.
See you on the call,
23 Jun 2022
Pilates Mat & Reformer Classes: Spring Fling!
It’s easy to think that some exercises will never be in your Pilates practice. When you hear their names you deflate, or say “can’t do that” or maybe you just stop moving. In this week’s class, I want you to try and have a mini moment with some of the most avoided or more “advanced” exercises.
Don’t worry, there will be options to go on a Pilates date with him the ones we are doing are truly out of your wheelhouse. But, if you’re without injury I hope you try them out. It’s just a fling after all.
All you need is your imagination and a little extra curiosity!
See you in class!
10 Mar 2020
Pilates Mat & Reformer Classes: Shoulder Bridge is Falling Down
Another request from the OPC members group is this week’s class inspo! Keep posting the questions you have in the group as they help me create new classes around what you need and want!
Shoulder Bridge can seem like a piece of cake from first glance. But, then you get in there and it’s not what you think!
Should you use the hands under the hips? What if you can’t get them under you? What if it hurts your wrists? And, then, there’s the hips dropping, the leg lower and lifting…it’s harder than we think!
So, this week on the mat we will deconstruct Your Shoulder Bridge and find something that works for you and you can build upon. And, on the Reformer we will use the springs and straps to connect our back side and open our front side!
See you in class
22 Oct 2019
Pilates Mat & Reformer Classes: It’s all in the transitions
We spend a lot of time focusing on the “actions” of the exercises and to a good amount the set ups. But, it’s easy to skip or “rest” through the transitions. And, something so special about Pilates is that there are transitions!
I had a teacher that for a while would not let me do the exercise if I lost my connection to my center as I transitioned. Yep, it was tough!
I promise this class will be fun and full of explorations. And I hope you find some transitions you like that you can keep in your Pilates bag and use in future classes!
Nothing needed extra for either the Mat or the Reformer class. Just bring your fabulous self!
See ya in class,
07 Apr 2020
12/11 Pilates Mat Class: A Little Goes a Long Way
I don’t know about you but this is the hardest part of the holidays. I can get through Halloween and Thanksgiving, but my will power not to indulge at every party is waning.
Thankfully, all year long we have been practicing quality over quantity in our Pilates practice and that applies to party treats too!
This week, we will get through the whole mat in 30 min (complete with modifications if needed) because a little of each exercise will go a long way in our Pilates practice.
04 Dec 2018
8/28 Pilates Mat Class: The Road to Control Balance
Too often we skip Control Balance at the end of our practice. Sometimes we run out of time, other times we think we are not ready for it. But, you may be ready sooner than you think! And, sometimes it’s just a matter of learning how to be upside down, stand on your shoulders and breathe!
This week let’s take the oath to Control balance! It’s a little road less traveled but the feels are worth it!
21 Aug 2018
8/7 Pilates Mat Class: Open Front, Wide Back
Opening your front without closing your back!
This week’s class is a special request from one of YOU! While I don’t work hours in front of my computer I too am on my devices or working hours rounded forwarded working with a client.
In today’s day, it’s more common that we are rounding forward than sitting or standing tall. But, how do you open your chest without crunching your shoulders blades onto your back and causing your shoulders to rise into your ears?
This week’s class is going to take a tour through our regular mat order but with an open front and a wide back!
See you on your mat!
31 Jul 2018
8/15 Online Pilates Mat Class: Connecting to Your Mat
Join Lesley Logan for a 30 min Pilates mat class designed for you to do anywhere you can lay down! Seriously, Pilates was designed on the mat first. Sometimes we can’t get to a studio, can’t leave the house, office or we are off traveling. Lesley’s mat class is perfect for your 30 min window dedicated to all things you. Turn your notifications off and lay out your mat (or even a towel) and get connected to your mat.
Your mat is just like a piece of equipment. It gives you feedback to what’s touching, not touching and supports your movements. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get connected!
08 Aug 2017
11/20 Pilates Mat Class: Tree on the Mat
While Tree is often an unsung hero of the Reformer it’s rarely done on the Mat. But, when it is its effects are amazing!!!
Don’t worry, if you have no idea what the Tree is we will go over it at the beginning and enjoy its effects for the rest of class!
Are you ready to fall in love with the Tree?
13 Nov 2018
Pilates Mat Class: Jackknife or Double Straight Leg Stretch
Ok, so I know that title is bizarre but I didn’t want you to see Jackknife and skip this week. Here’s the thing, I LOVE this exercise but it’s not for everyone and if you’re not going overhead I wanted you to know I still have a class for you. SO! We are going to add the Double Straight Leg Stretch to class even though its March Matness and this way we can use the beauty of both to take us through our mat practice.
Pilates will always meet you where you are! Are you ready?
12 Mar 2019
11/27 Pilates Mat Class: Happy Hundred
It’s that time of year! The holidays are here. Crazy schedules, lots of food, parties candy! This is the time when your Pilates mat practice counts the most!
This week, we will go a little out of order, and make our way to our fabulous hundred. Like it or love it the Hundred ahem the Holidays are here!
And this week I hope you find more than a few times to hit the mat. I know I will!
20 Nov 2018
CYBC – June 2022 – Forever Access
One thing I see in pics, videos or virtual sessions are the heels coming apart. And it does make a difference in making the exercises happen when the heels are together. The strength you gain from that hug is necessary when the heels are apart. This week, we will use the Magic Circle for some teachable moments. But you can hug a quarter to challenge yourself.
See you in class,
08 May 2022
Pilates Mat & Reformer Classes: A Little Weight & a Lot of Connection!
This week, our first week adding in the Reformer classes we are bringing a little Reformer to our Mat! If you have 1 lb. weights bring them with you to your mat. We will be incorporating the love of Rowing and some other Reformer exercises to your Mat practice as we have been the last couple weeks in honor of Spring and the springs on the Reformer. These exercises are designed to help you get more connection to your back and your mat!
And, for those of you taking Reformer class, welcome to the first Reformer class on OPC! This week’s class we will focus on what’s connecting to where. While it seems easier to work on these connections on our Reformer there are so many places where we can disconnect that it makes for a fun flow!Grab your mat and or Reformer and let’s get ready to flow!
P.S. After class be sure to use the comment box to share what you loved, questions you had and any wins!
09 Apr 2019
Pilates Mat & Reformer Classes: Yes, You Can Can Circle Your Hips
The other day in our OPC members only group I had a request for Hip Circles being a theme. And so, if you don’t love this theme…do it anyways! haha!
My friends, some exercises in Pilates are teaching tools for our bodies. They strengthen or stretch us. And other exercises are revealers. They show us where we still need work. Hip Circles is one of those exercises.
In our Mat practice, we will use every exercise to prepare us to FLOW through our Hip Circles. On the Reformer, we will use the equipment to help us strengthen, stretch and make our Mat work a flow we enjoy!
See ya in class!
15 Oct 2019
Pilates Mat & Reformer Classes: Magically Supported
Everyone’s favorite prop to love sometimes and hate other times is back! This week we’ll explore how the Magic Circle can help us connect our arms to our back, especially on the Mat. Keep that Magic circle nearby though because on the Mat and Reformer we might want to borrow some of its charm to connect more to other parts of your practice!
We’ll start with a yummy prep in both classes and I hope you like it and use it more often than just this week to connect to your back!
28 Apr 2020