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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.
Pilates Mat & Reformer Classes: Razorless Shaving
It’s easy to Tricep press your way through Shave on the Reformer. But, Shave is an integral exercise for so much of what we do in our Pilates practice! On the Reformer we’ll explore all the ways you can shave. And on the Mat we’ll bring our rowing in with some 1lb or 2lb weights and how the connecting your arms to your back increases your full body connection.
See ya in class,
09 Jul 2019
Pilates Mat & Reformer Classes: Planks-giving
I think it’s important to be grateful for what we can do. And so, whether you’re in the States trying to put enough cranberries on that dry turkey or you’re outside the States wondering why we try so hard to make dry turkey taste good, we can all give Planks…ermm Thanks!
On the Mat, we will explore what we are rocking, rolling and how long our Plank is. And, on the Reformer, we will be grateful for the support of the springs, carriage and more as we see how many planks we can fit into this flow.
See ya in class,
P.S. I am super grateful for each of you!
26 Nov 2019
Pilates Mat & Reformer Classes: It’s Time to Get in the Water
On the Mat:
On the Reformer:
It’s almost summer here (although you wouldn’t know it by all the rain). And while we likely won’t be getting in public waters anytime soon I thought it would be fun to explore all the “water” exercises!
On the Mat:
Swan, Mermaid, Swimming, Seal, and Crab
On the Reformer:
Rowing, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Swimming and Mermaid!
Get ready to warm up and get your water exercises in!
12 May 2020
1/2 Pilates Mat Class: Finding Something NEW
This week we will be changing it all up! What happens when you mix up what you think you’re supposed to do in a Pilates exercise? What if you think about something opposite? Or, change the order? Let’s find out together! I’ll see you on your MAT!
26 Dec 2017
Pilates Mat & Reformer Classes: My Favorite Exercises & More!
It’s my bday week and to celebrate this week’s classes focus on my favorite ways to do each exercise, my favorite props and the exercises I never skip! It’s a Pilates party!
On the Mat please have a set of squishy ball nearby and on the Reformer we will be trying to fit in more exercises than usual. So, please feel free to pause me watch and then flow the first time you take it.
28 Jan 2020
11/6 Pilates Mat Class: One Exercise Leads to the Next
Each week we often dive into just one exercise and how it flows through our mat. But this week we feel how each exercise prepares us for the one that comes right after.
It’s a fun way to think about your mat and how every exercise is as important as the one before and after it!
Also, this week I was in my hotel room. So, if you thought you had to have a mat and a home workout space to do class, you’ll see that you can still get your Pilates on in a small space!
30 Oct 2018
1/23 Pilates Mat Class: Focus on the Finish
When you work on the reformer or any piece of equipment it’s easy to know when you’ve “finished” the exercise. The springs are closed and you’re back at the start position.
But, on the mat it’s all you! There is not equipment to help you “finish,” just yourself. And, as the movement goes on you may not want to be back in your original start position. In fact, when you’re flowing some exercises finish when the next one begins.
So, let’s focus on the finish! The final inches. That is where the work really is.
See you on your mat!
16 Jan 2018
Pilates Retreat Maui – Mat Class 1
Hi, I’m Lesley Logan and I’m here with Arlene Salomon in Maui for a beautiful Pilates retreat!
We are here at her amazing Pilates studio, which happens to be on the water, and today’s class is all about feeling where we are on the mat. It is our first day and the first class of the retreat so we’re all just kind of getting to know our body on the grass. I hope you enjoy it!
04 Aug 2018
Pilates Mat Class: For the Love of the Reformer
Joseph Pilates created the Mat work first, then saw how hard it was for people (I mean, you know) and designed the Reformer. In this week’s mat class we’ll take some of the exercises from last week and continue to add on! If you’ve never been on a Reformer don’t worry. The Reformer exercises were born from the Mat so you’ll recognize a lot of the spine shapes.
See you on your Reforming mat,
02 Apr 2019
2/6 Pilates Mat Class: Contain Your Core
In my personal Pilates practice, I’ve been noticing that while I can connect to my second seat quite well. I have been leaving my lower core hanging out! It’s so funny how our bodies like to “forget” something we already worked on ages ago. But, needless to say, I’ve been cheating a bit.
So, this past week I have been focusing on containing myself (which is quite opposite for how I like to live my life). In this week’s Pilates mat class we will focus on containing our core and what that means especially for when we are facing gravity.
Are you ready for your 30 min core containment? Register here for this week’s class.
See you on your Mat!
30 Jan 2018
Pilates Mat & Reformer Classes: Freaky Friday Style
Back by Demand but Fresh and New! Y’all loved the time we swapped the equipment exercises and I wanted to enjoy that flow again. So this theme is back but it’s all new! Let’s see what we get through this week when our Mat becomes a Reformer and our Reformer becomes a Mat.
Mat lovers, if you’ve never done the Reformer, some of these things will feel bizarre or you may not have seen or heard of them. Don’t worry, you’ve got the whole week to have fun! If you’re a Reformer lover who skips the Mat… I see you! You’re getting your Mat on this week. Have 1 or 2 lb. weights nearby for both classes.
See ya in class,
21 Apr 2020
Pilates Mat Class: Your Swan Dive
I am the biggest fan of a good Swan exercise! I absolutely love to do this exercise. It feels so good when I connect to all the right spots. But, how did Joe do it in his book? That’s what we will explore this week as well as a few other OG versions of our Mat work from his book Return to Life. Which if you haven’t read you should! It’s pretty great at guiding you through his mat practice.
05 Mar 2019
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
9/19 Online Pilates Mat Class: Oppositions
In this week’s class, LL wants you to feel your body go in two different directions. Normally in life, we prefer not to be pulled all over the place but in this case, on your Pilates mat, you will love how this tug of war feels inside your body. Plus, connecting your body to Pilates and your mind on your mat will allow the outside world to disappear. So, what are you waiting for? Put those people vying for your attention on hold. Snag some floor space and enjoy the work of Pilates in your body.
12 Sep 2017
1/1 Pilates Mat Class: Reflections and Goals
Happiest new year! It’s the first week of 2019 and it’s that resolution time. But, instead of this being about how many times you’ll commit to doing your Pilates. What if instead we used this class as a marker and a goal setter? What if as the class goes on you see just how far you can go and make a note of where you want to get in your practice?
For example: what if you find your roll up rocks but your neck pull has some work todo? This class will help reveal where you rock and where you want to rock a little bit more!
I’ll be layering exercises to help you build from one to the next so you can make some exercise goals!
P.S. Afterwards I would love to hear what your exercise goals are!
25 Dec 2018