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Exercise Demo Videos

Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 3.46.57 PM The Exercise Demo Library is our free video resource for Pilates and fitness instructors, and enthusiasts as well. The Exercise Demo is a one-minute long exercise preview, showing proper form and execution. We publish a new Exercise Demo every Monday through Friday (even on holidays); these videos cover fitness and Pilates exercises, with and without equipment.

Our Exercise Demo videos are meant to inspire you with ideas for a class or workout for you and/or your clients. Use the search function, put in the parameters you need, and you'll see a list of videos that meet your search criteria.

Many of our Exercise Demo exercises are (or will be) featured in our Workshops series and our Workouts & Classes series. Check out the tutorials for those as well.

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Primary Muscles

Stir the Pot Forward and BackStir the Pot Forward and Back

This advanced variation of Side Kneeling work on the reformer is a great way to challenge balance, strength and agility. It can also be performed separately or seated.

May 23, 2017
Intermediate Level • Medium Intensity
Bird Dog ChallengeBird Dog Challenge

Check out this fun and progressive exercise to challenge agility and balance. Using varying speeds and pauses, you can really take this move to the next level.

May 18, 2017
Intermediate Level • High Intensity
Side Lying Jump with KickSide Lying Jump with Kick

This is a fun variation for your next Jumpboard workout. I'm using a light spring, which I call Core Jumps (or Slow Motion Jumps).

May 16, 2017
Intermediate Level • High Intensity
Hip Twist from ForearmsHip Twist from Forearms

This is a variation of the Intermediate Pilates Mat exercise known as Hip Twist. In this modification, you rest on your forearms instead of your hands.

May 11, 2017
Intermediate Level • Medium Intensity
Low Row to ExtensionLow Row to Extension

This is a wonderful complex exercise designed to target the posterior muscles of the upper body and arms. It's perfect for strengthening your posture muscles.

May 9, 2017
Intermediate Level • Medium Intensity
Roll Up to Extension with Toning BallsRoll Up to Extension with Toning Balls

This is a combination move taking the traditional Roll Up for Pilates Mat and adding an extension move at the top with Toning Balls. It feels great and is a great way to combine flexion and extension of the spine.

May 4, 2017
Intermediate Level • Medium Intensity
Bend and Stretch Double Leg Stretch ComboBend and Stretch / Double Leg Stretch Combo

Doing a Reformer Exercise / Mat Exercise Combo is a great way to add variety and challenge to your workouts. In this demo, we're doing Feet in Straps Bend and Stretch, followed by, Double Leg Stretch (no straps).

May 2, 2017
Intermediate Level • Medium Intensity
Standing Hip Flexor StretchStanding Hip Flexor Stretch

This simple but effective stretch is perfect for those who sit for long periods of time, or who are active and work their hip flexors with exercises like cycling or running. It's also the perfect stretch break exercise for those long work days.

Apr 27, 2017
Beginner Level • Low Intensity
Long Stretch / Knee Stretch ComboLong Stretch / Knee Stretch Combo

Combining two intermediate moves is a great way to challenge a client. For this exercise combo, the emphasis is on strength.

Apr 25, 2017
Intermediate Level • Medium Intensity
Ab Prep TuckAb Prep Tuck

The Ab Prep Tuck is a great combo exercise targeting the abs. It works best when the client has great body awareness and can return to neutral after each rep.

Apr 21, 2017
Intermediate Level • Medium Intensity
Developé Side Plank on Pilates Arc BarrelDevelopé Side Plank on Arc Barrel

This exercise is a combination of exercises performed on the Arc (Small) Barrel and the Cadillac.

Apr 20, 2017
Intermediate Level • Low Intensity
Reverse Chest Expansion - TeardropsReverse Chest Expansion – Teardrops

Part of the Kneeling Series on the Reformer, this exercise is considered Intermediate, but I would call it advanced. This exercise variation in particular is quite a challenge because of moving the arms away from the midline of the body.

Apr 18, 2017
Advanced Level • Medium Intensity