28 Days of Pilates: Day #1

28 days of pilates

WelcomeΒ to 28 Days of Pilates!

I’m SO ready to kick this thing off and I hope you are too.

Since it’s February (the month of love) I want you to end this month loving your body more.

Through Pilates, through eating well and by setting aside 5 minutes a day for yourself.

In order to be your best, it’s imperative that you take time to care for yourself. You will be a better mom/friend/wife/employee/leader when you stop running yourself dry and take time to refuel and recharge.

Let these workouts be just that. YOU time.

It’s definitely going to be a challenge. There will be days when you feel too busy or just feel like slacking off but remember, real change takes work.

pilates ab exercise

Now for the good stuff…

As you know, we’ll be focusing on a different muscle group each day. Since today is Saturday it’s all about the abs.

But first, I have to share: I’m still in the (long, slow) process of re-gaining my strength after having a baby. My body needs this as much as (or quite possibly more than) you do! I’m seriously feeling the burn! So just remember, we’re all in this together. πŸ™‚

Once you’ve completed today’s workout, I want to hear about it!

Check-in on Instagram and Facebook by posting a photo and using the hashtag #28daysofpilates. I’ll be doing the same so we can support one another and stay the course. Don’t be shy! πŸ™‚

So without further ado, here’s your workout for day #1…let’s do this!



disclaimer: these videos were created for individuals in good health. Robin recommends that you speak with your doctor prior to beginning a new exercise routine. By doing this video you do so at your own risk and agree to release Robin Long and The Balanced Life of any and all liability.



  1. Liz S. 3 years ago

    Just finished the video for Day #1. Those 5 minutes were POWERFUL! Definitely felt every move strengthening my abs and obliques. Looking forward to the next video! πŸ™‚

  2. Lauren 3 years ago

    Im just about to do this, please follow my instagram @6laurenrose6

  3. Kim Garland 3 years ago

    Day one – whew! That was a great ab workout! Looking foward to the next 27 days. xo

  4. Katie 3 years ago

    Great way to start the day. I’m so excited for this month!

  5. Jennifer M 3 years ago

    Just finished day one!! Wow!! I felt it, especially the last exercise. What a great way to get my Saturday going. Can hardly wait for tomorrow!! Thank you for making it easy for a newbie to follow!!!

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      Good work Jennifer! Glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

  6. Taylor 3 years ago

    Just finished Day 1! WOWOWO…Two babies, two c-sections…This lady has a lot to gain in the next 27 days! Thanks, Robin.

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      You go, Taylor! And take it easy when you need to! I’m still recovering too! Babies do a number on those ab muscles πŸ™‚

  7. Adriane 3 years ago

    Finished Day 1! Loved it & felt it!

  8. Maureen 3 years ago

    What a quick workout! I’ll probably do it again later tonight!

  9. Ash 3 years ago

    Thanks Robin, that was great!

  10. Nina 3 years ago

    SO glad I found you! What a fun way to introduce people to pilates! Great ab workout!

    xo, NIna

  11. Erica 3 years ago

    Just completed day 1! Whew! I felt the burn! Excited for day 2!

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      Nice Erica! Tomorrow we get a nice little easy workout. Then Monday it’s back to work πŸ™‚

  12. Kacey 3 years ago

    This is just what I needed today. Thank you!! I can’t wait for tomorrow. πŸ™‚

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      Oh good! Tomorrow will be our Stretch & Relax day. Then we’ll be back to the hard work on Monday πŸ™‚

  13. Jamie 3 years ago

    Done. Thanks so much, Robin! I felt the burn too πŸ˜‰

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      Okay, good. I’m glad I’m not the only one πŸ™‚

  14. Elisha 3 years ago

    I just found your blog through this challenge. I just had baby #2 7 weeks ago and this is perfect to get me back in the game. This first workout was the perfect length to squeeze in time for and boy did it burn!

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      Yes, take your time! You’re only 7 weeks out so expect that you will have to give yourself grace and modify a few things in the beginning. But I’m so glad you’re doing this and yes, it’s helpful to keep workouts short these days! xo

  15. Katia Piza 3 years ago

    So good, I did it twice! Thank you so much for this πŸ™‚

  16. Kelly 3 years ago

    Woowee! I love this! My son is 15m, this is my first time working out since him. I used to teach a Pilates class in NYC, but not do I feel like a beginner! I’m so excited for this month, thank you for doing this!!

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      I felt like a beginner when I got back to workouts after my baby too! Here’s hoping we’ll feel strong by the end of the month πŸ™‚

  17. Samantha 3 years ago

    Joining you from New Zealand so I will be a bit behind with the time difference as it is Sunday here, but it is totally worth it. Your instructions are so clear! Thank you for a good first day.

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      Yeah! I love that! I’ve always wanted to go to New Zealand. I imagine it’s a lot warmer where you are right now πŸ™‚

      • Samantha 3 years ago

        It really is! It’s a bit warm for my liking. Bring on the autumn.

  18. Emily Sullivan 3 years ago

    LOVED every minute of that. Definitely feeling the burn!! What is your instagram??

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      Awesome! So glad to hear that πŸ™‚ I’m @thebalancedlife on Instagram.

  19. Mendy 3 years ago

    Thank you Robin! I’m done with Day 1!!! YAY!!! I’m post baby by 2 years myself, and y’all are right about C-sections and babies doing things to these abs!!!

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      Nice work Mendy! yes, take your time as you re-build your strength. We’ll all get there πŸ™‚

  20. Marissa 3 years ago

    Loved day 1! Excited for a whole month of this πŸ™‚ Thanks Robin!

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      Oh good! It’s going to be a fun month πŸ™‚

  21. Shamila 3 years ago

    Done and done. This on top of the 7 mile hilly hike I just got back from. Thanks, Robin!

  22. Julie 3 years ago

    Yay! I did it! I am determined to do it every day! Thank you!!

  23. Sarah 3 years ago

    Finally got to do day 1. Loved it!! Definitely felt the burn πŸ™‚

  24. Grey 3 years ago

    This was great. I never would have pushed myself that hard on my own.

  25. Janelle Scott 3 years ago

    I’m surprised I could do it but I did! Thank you!

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      Isn’t that a great feeling Janelle? Just wait until day 28. You’ll love it πŸ™‚

  26. Megan 3 years ago

    Day 1 Done!

  27. Mina 3 years ago

    Oh my this was great! Got to it tonight and this is fantastic I am so psyched for the next work out. I worked muscles in my stomach I didn’t know I had. Thanks!!!! πŸ™‚

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      Glad you like it Mina. Yes, Pilates will help you discover all kinds of new muscles! It’s going to be a fun month. Glad you’re here! πŸ™‚

  28. Einat 3 years ago

    I was tired, with a head ache, my baby finally went to sleep and all I wanted was to do the same. Still I didn’t give up and did day one. was hard, and felt great! I’m looking forward to day 2, and 3, and all πŸ™‚

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      Oh Einat, I can so related. SO glad you did it even though you were tired. Your body and mind will thank you as you continue to take care of yourself this month. xo

  29. Colleen blackall 3 years ago

    Hi starting a day late just found you but better late than never!

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      Of course it is! Easy to make up Day 1 by doing it along with Day 2 today. Glad you’re joining!

  30. Katie 3 years ago

    Thank you! I’m looking forward to the 28-day challenge (even though I got started a day late πŸ™‚ I have a hard time keeping the work in my abs out and out my hips and hip flexors. Any tips?

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      Hi Katie! Glad you’re here! That is a common problem when starting Pilates. Typically because you’re relying on those muscles more than you maybe should. Eventually your abs will be more easily accessed and hopefully that issue will disappear. A few tips. Consciously think of keeping your thigh bone heavily weighted in your hip socket (like someone was pushing down on your knee when your knees are in table top). Also, in table top, you can draw your knees closer into your chest until you get stronger. And you can also modify by resting your feet on the floor instead.

      Today’s stretches will feel nice on your hips!

      • Katie 3 years ago

        Thank you so much for responding! I’ll keep this in mind going forward!


  31. Lena 3 years ago

    A little late but done day 1 and 2. Feels good!

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      Better late than never! Glad you’re on board πŸ™‚

  32. katy 3 years ago

    I did this workout again today; one of my new favorites–great burn! πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  33. Jane 3 years ago

    Love this, great idea for February, thank you.

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      My pleasure, Jane. Glad to have you as a part of this community πŸ™‚

  34. Nicole 3 years ago

    Day #1 finished (I procrastinated) and I’m so impressed, love that it the first session was a manageable 5 minutes! Can’t wait to catch up now, looking forward to my daily pilates sessions. xxx

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      Hi Nicole! So glad you’re catching up with us! Keep me posted on your progress. πŸ™‚

  35. Sarah 3 years ago

    Would these be OK if I am pregnant? I really want to do this!

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      Hi Sarah,
      Congratulations!! What a special time for you πŸ™‚ I have to say that I created these workouts for non-pregnant women πŸ™‚ So that being said I can’t say that all of the exercises are safe for all 3 trimesters. You can always ask your Dr. and see what he/she thinks.
      But I do know that after 20 weeks you should avoid laying on your back for more than a few minutes and avoid flexion exercises (like crunches). Have you seen my prenatal program, Balanced Beginnings? You can do it all from home and I filmed all the workouts while I was pregnant too. https://thebalancedlifeonline.com/balanced-beginnings/

  36. Caroline Porter 3 years ago

    Is it too late to sign up?!

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      No, not too late at all! You can jump right in and join us. And since the workouts are short it will be easy to make the first few days up if you want to πŸ™‚

  37. Shirley 3 years ago

    Finished Day 1 of the 28 Days of Pilates!! Awesome ab work!! Thank you Robin for the challenge!

  38. Gina 3 years ago

    I just found your blog so I’m starting a little late but I did it this morning and felt great! I love pilates. I was a dancer for 8 years so my body really adjusts well to it for exercise. Love your personality! Thanks πŸ™‚

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      Welcome Gina! I used to dance to which one of the reasons I LOVE Pilates. So glad you have you here as a part of the community πŸ™‚

  39. Hannah 3 years ago

    Just finished day 1. I’m starting late, but I’ll follow a few days behind (or maybe catch up?). Thanks!

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      Welcom Hannah! Feel free to pair a few videos tougher each day to catch up! Or you can add the days you missed on at the end. Whatever you prefer. Glad you’re joining in! xo

  40. […] kick it off with 5 minutes of Pilates Abs. And don’t forget to join Robin on her blog (click here) as she will take you on a wonderful journey to a balanced body through her videos and […]

  41. Suzanne 3 years ago

    very EXCITED to start this!

  42. Yaritza 3 years ago

    Just started (I’m very late!!!) & it was amazing πŸ™‚ It was only 5 minutes but my abs were burning!!!

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      Welcome Yaritza! I’m happy you’re here! Enjoy the workouts πŸ™‚

  43. Monika 3 years ago

    I’m a month behind. I saw this program on your instagram originally and I’ve been meaning to start but I fell behind. I’m starting today and looking so forward to it!

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      Robin Long 3 years ago

      Hi Monika! Glad you’re joining in! Enjoy πŸ™‚

  44. Andrea 2 years ago

    Hi Robin so glad you are back

  45. luz resseguie 2 years ago

    Is a great workout I started today 8/28/14.

  46. luz resseguie 2 years ago

    I am behind but I will catch up promise. I am an older woman and is excited to have 5 minutes work out thanks.

  47. Leslie 2 years ago

    Ok, I’m in. But know it was only a matter of seconds before my 5yr old joined me and 30 seconds later my daughter had 20 questions about what I was doing and then my 3yr old body slammed me.
    In hindsight….I’m locking the bedroom door tomorrow.
    Be well~

  48. Jene 2 years ago

    I just found you on Pintrist last week, and started your 28 day workout today. After having a baby at the end of April I’m still trying to get all my muscles back to being toned like they used to be and Pilates is a fun way to do it. Thank you so much for doing these videos!! I’m excited!

  49. Dani 2 years ago

    You have fantastic extension through the legs and toe point! I did gymnastics and did these ab exercises and was wondering if you had a background in gymnastics or dance? Your form is perfect!

  50. Dani 2 years ago

    You’re welcome! It definitely shows! What kind of stretches do you do to get that amazing toe point!?

  51. Ashley 8 months ago

    Just starting doing pilates workouts for the first time ever! I’m only 26 years old but my lower back hurt more than my abs in this workout. Is that normal? Am I possibly doing it wrong or is my back just really not up to par yet haha

  52. Crystal 6 months ago

    This is my first experience with Pilates and I’m really enjoying it. Still trying to get back into working out after having my son and this was perfect. Short yet effective. Thanks for sharing!

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