28 Days of Pilates: day #14

So much good news to share today…

1. We’re half-way there!

14 days down, 14 days to go.

It’s all downhill from here ladies. We CAN do this. Take a moment to congratulate yourself for how far you’ve come. 🙂

2. In case you missed it on Instagram yesterday…

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The warm weather is coming! I don’t know about you but I am SO ready to get outside, enjoy the sun and get out of my Uggs.

3. It’s Valentine’s Day! 

Love Your Body Day

I know, some of you probably don’t think that’s good news but here on The Balanced Life we’re celebrating love for love’s sake.

We’re celebrating ourselves and how worthy we are of love on our own.

Just us.

Not because of a relationship but because we are beautiful, strong and valuable on our own.

So your check-in today is V-day related but don’t worry, there is no man required.

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Today’s Check-In: Buy yourself flowers! Sometime over the weekend pick up some beautiful blooms just for you. You don’t have to spend a fortune. Even a simple jar of baby’s breath can brighten the home and brighten your spirits.

Post your flowers on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook and use the hashtag #28daysofpilates.

Enjoy your workout!



PS – you may also enjoy love, love, love…(self) love is all you need.


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  1. Liz S. 7 years ago

    Love the “rolling like a ball” and swimmer poses especially – they’re so much fun, for sure 😀 And the leg circles are great too. As usual, loved the whole video!

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Self-love is most important today and everyday, I believe.

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Aren’t they fun? Pilates has some fun ones that you have to laugh at yourself sometimes 🙂

      Happy Valentine’s to you too Liz! xo

  2. Grey 7 years ago

    This was a fun workout! Hope you have a wonderful and blessed Valentine’s Day Robin!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Same to you Grey! Don’t forget to buy yourself some flowers 🙂 xo

  3. Ashley Wright 7 years ago

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Thank you so much for always being so encouraging. I’ve really enjoyed these videos each day. 🙂 I do have a question for you though…

    My hamstrings are painfully tight and I definitely can’t straighten my legs completely. Nothing I’ve tried really seems to loosen them up either. Or, maybe my expectations are too high and I’m giving up too quickly for results to happen. Do you have any suggestions on how to work those muscles to gain more flexibility? I’d really like to be able to keep my legs straight and bend over to touch my toes. Hahaha! Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy your day! Hugs

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Happy Vday to you too Ashley!

      That’s a great question. Hamstrings are notoriously tight in people these days – especially those who sit at a computer throughout the day. It will definitely take a lot of time to truly create change in your flexibility. The good part about Pilates is that a lot of the exercises themselves help to elongate the hamstrings. So just doing Pilates is a great way to increase your flexibility and range of motion. So stick with it!

      I would give it at least 28 days before you even look for a change. At the end of the month see how you feel and report back 🙂

      In the meantime – there is nothing wrong with keeping your legs bent while you work on things! xo

  4. Kim 7 years ago

    Happy Valentine’s day!! Thanks for another great workout! The first 14 days have been awesome. Looking forward to the next 14!! xoxo

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Can you believe we’re halfway? Woo hoo! Although, I’ll be a little sad when it’s over…:)

  5. sky 7 years ago

    Half way point already?! I’m so excited that I haven’t missed a single day…looking forward to sticking the rest of the program out! It’s so much fun and so beneficial, I know I’ll be sad when it’s over.

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Sky! That is AWESOME!! Good work 🙂 The second half of the month is going to be fun. I think I’m going to miss it too! But don’t worry, I’ll keep coming up with ways to keep the Pilates coming… 🙂

  6. Cayla 7 years ago

    Thank you for the challenge–I LOVE flowers and am glad to have an excuse to get some for myself! 🙂
    I bruised my bum sledding today, so I did the arm workout from earlier this week, but I’ll have to come back to this fun workout another day!

  7. Adriane 7 years ago

    Day 14 done! Definitely need to work on “swimming”. Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day!

  8. Lena 7 years ago

    Done 14th day. Yeah, me too, need to work on “swimming”. And I will also be sad when it’s over. It’s so good and manageable with a busy schedule!

  9. Courtney Carter 6 years ago

    Swimming is probably one of the toughest. Sometimes I feel like I’m not doing the exercises correctly because I don’t feel it like I think it should. The last ab workout with the leg circles makes my hip pop when I circle it around, Specifically my left one. Is there a modification I could take? I’m already bend both legs and I don’t feel much in my abs.

    • Robin Long 6 years ago

      Hi Courtney! Swimming is tough for most people. It’s a lot of work! Pilate is all about discovering how things feel in your body and the longer you do it the more you are able to engage the proper muscles. So give it time. With leg circles – make sure you are really pulling you belly button toward your spine and drawing in your imaginary “corset”. It’s all about stabilization. If your hips/pelvis is wobbling or moving, you won’t feel any working the abs. And here is a post about hips popping:


  10. Tracy 5 years ago

    First, Thank you for this challenge!
    I am not sure if you are still checking the comments on this challenge, but I have a question. On the first exercise, you said not to let your feet come off the ground, but I cannot do it without my feet leaving the ground, what am I doing wrong? Am I just really weak?

    • Robin Long 5 years ago

      Hi Tracy! Just keep your movement smaller until you are able to keep your feet on the mat. You will gradually built strength and be able to do it 100% – keep up the great work!

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