Come join me and Pilates enthusiasts around the world in celebrating Joe Pilates’ mat exercises — we’re calling it March Matness! Each day this month, I’ll post an exercise from Joe’s book “Return to Life.”

Day 1: begin at the beginning with The Hundred. 

The Basics:

  • Assume the position.
  • Pump the arms as you take 5 small breaths in, then 5 small breaths out. It’s like filling a gas-tank, and then emptying it. Synch up your pumps with your breath. Yes, really empty those lungs.

Pilates Magic Happening here:

  • 2-way reach: I’m locking down the bottom tips of my shoulder blades by pretending that Lola is sitting on my front ribs. At the same time, I’m extending my legs away from my ribs. Same-same with my arms: the back of my armpits are pulling down toward the mat as my fingertips reach away.
  • Power Leg: I’m pressing my inner thighs together to create one powerful leg, instead of two floppy legs.

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