30-Day Pilates Body Challenge: Day #16 – upper body

30 day challenge thumb day 16

Hi Beauties!

Fair warning…today’s Pilates upper body workout is a challenging one! Please don’t let that frustrate you. It’s my job, as your instructor, to keep you challenged so that you continue to gain strength.

If you need a little refresher on how to safely and effectively use the upper body be sure to review my Pilates For Beginners video: strong shoulders.

Enjoy today’s workout and keep up the good work!


Reverse plank: bend your knees, use fists, point your hands out on a diagonal, OR even consider keeping your booty on the mat and really focusing on lifting that chest and holding that position.

Tendon stretch: prop your hands up on yoga blocks to create more room to move. Or consider doing tricep dips in place of tendon stretch if it’s just not working for you and your body. 🙂

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  1. Alicia 5 years ago

    Done…but hard…

  2. Wanda 5 years ago

    Good morning all, great workout….feeling good!!! Day 16 completed…Yay

  3. Kendra 5 years ago

    Done! Still loving it!:)

  4. Sadie Norcross 5 years ago

    Ah, that felt good. Those stretches at the end felt phenomenal.

  5. Jenny 5 years ago

    Like this one!

  6. Kate Mcfarland 5 years ago

    Done, great, thanks! What would you recommend for sore wrists after a lot of support work?

  7. Alison 5 years ago

    I have short T-Rex arms AND a ton of junk in my trunk. Tendon stretch wasn’t happening. I did the tricep dips instead.

    • Roxann Brouwer 5 years ago

      T-Rex arms!! I love it. This was challenging for me too!

  8. Lori 5 years ago

    Done, with all the modifications. Thanks.

  9. melissa 5 years ago

    Haven’t missed a workout yet. This was hard on the wrists but good.

  10. Haylee 5 years ago

    I’ve been loving all of these workouts but I have a hard time putting pressure on my right wrist. Whats an easy way to modify for that issue? Thanks!

  11. Bethzy 5 years ago

    OMG goooooood!!!!!!! Not easy but so goood, for some reason I can not do my work outs in the morning ; )

  12. Patty 5 years ago

    Day#16 Done! Loved the tendon Strech. Had knowledge of it from reformer class!

  13. Lori 5 years ago

    Love the 30 day challenge !! On my second year of the sisterhood ! Just wanted to let you know , I’m 35 have been doing Pilates for many years . Your workouts are great , you really know your stuff and the body !! Very knowledgeable and informitvie !! So glad I was told about your site !!

  14. Deva 5 years ago

    I am realizing I haven’t any upper body strength. It’s going to take awhile, but I will complete this.

  15. Maggie 5 years ago

    Done! Thank you. Another great workout

  16. Judy 5 years ago

    Whew! Thanks for all the tips, Robin.

  17. Siena 5 years ago

    I had some yoga blocks nearby so grabbed them to try with the tendon stretch. Having a bit more height off the floor made it easier to swing through but was still challenging for my arms and shoulders.

  18. Roxann Brouwer 5 years ago

    Modify and keeping it real. In my mind my moves are just like yours Robin! Thank goodness I am not close to a mirror.

  19. Carla Spangler 5 years ago

    Wow…that was tough, but I really liked it. Thank you Robin!

  20. Traci 5 years ago


  21. Kelly 5 years ago

    I’m so bummed I couldn’t do the exercise where you rest on your hands while sitting up and swing your bottom through. My bottom got ‘stuck’ by hitting the carpet as I was trying to swing it though. I am wanting to learn……can you please suggest something I could be doing wrong? Are my arms just short?

  22. Barbara Haropolous 5 years ago

    no booty swing for me, but that was a good workout!

  23. Rhonda 5 years ago

    Done love learning these exercises

  24. Erin 5 years ago


  25. Mary Hamilton 5 years ago

    Unfortunately I couldn’t do this workout because of some issues with my elbows. I have to give them a rest for a bit. Will go back and do another one of the workouts in place of this one.

  26. Debra 5 years ago


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