30-Day Pilates Body Challenge: Day #8 (legs + balance)

30 day challenge thumb day 8

Hi Beauties!

Are you ready for another leg workout?

Today’s Pilates routine was designed to strengthen your lower body and improve your balance.

Balancing exercises work a variety of muscle groups: quads, hamstrings, calves, foot & ankle stabilizers, abdominals, glutes, pelvic floor…the list goes on. They are an efficient way to build functional strength.

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(top = no // bottom = yes)

A few notes about today’s workout:

  1. You’ll want to have a chair or countertop nearby for support.
  2. When raising your leg behind you (also known as hip extension) pay close attention to the position of your pelvis and lower back. Many people raise their leg so high that they end up using their lower back rather than the hamstrings and glutes. Keep your hips squared off and your lower back long. If you feel it in your lower back you’re raising your leg too high (see image above). Higher does not equal better. 🙂

Enjoy your workout!

Daily Check-In: As you choose what to eat today, choose foods that will make you feel your best and support all of the work you’re doing on your mat. For today’s check-in I want you to show me what healthy foods you’re using to fuel your strong, beautiful body! Use the hashtag #30daypilatesbody so I can see how you’re doing. 🙂

xo,

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PS – You may also enjoy these posts: Are Barre Workouts Good For You? and My Fitness Philosophy.

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41 Comments
  1. Amy 4 years ago

    Wow! Robin, would you ever consider a 30-day barre challenge, “Robin Style” (i.e. mindful, positive, and what’s best for the body and good for the spirit)? This could be a key promotion for drawing women into the Sisterhood, as well, where they can find more barre workouts.

    • Robin Long 4 years ago

      That’s a fun idea! I’ll definitely consider it! 🙂

  2. Rhonda 4 years ago

    Done 🙂

  3. Megan 4 years ago

    I have been TERRIBLE at checking in, but have only missed 1 day and I made it up! — done!!!

  4. Hélène 4 years ago

    Done thanks:)

  5. Alicia 4 years ago

    Done 🙂

  6. Jenn 4 years ago

    Done

  7. Patrice 4 years ago

    Done, feeling the burn. 🙂

  8. Debra 4 years ago

    Done!

  9. Sherry McG 4 years ago

    I didn’t accomplish Sat and Sun but I was back in Mon and again today. I want to do this !!!

  10. Jamie 4 years ago

    Thanks Robin, that was an awesome workout with the balance focus. I might do this one a few times today! The balance really makes my mind have to focus and slow down. Loved it!!!

  11. Kate McFarland 4 years ago

    Done,great workout! Would love a 30 day barre challenge, from the comment above 🙂

  12. Linda 4 years ago

    Loved this one! Thanks Robin! I’m enjoying doing my Pilates Body Challenge pre-gym, so I know what I don’t need to do in my ‘regular’ workout. : )

  13. Yana 4 years ago

    Done! 🙂

  14. Hilary 4 years ago

    I missed Saturday, but I’ve done the rest- love it!

  15. Giselle 4 years ago

    Thanks Robin, I am doing one in the morning , one in the evening , great !!!! Feel so much better ?

  16. Jennifer 4 years ago

    Love how i feel when I finish!!! ? Thank you!!!

  17. Barbara 4 years ago

    Done…yikes! Legs are burning, but it’s all good 🙂 I like that workout!

    • Barbara 4 years ago

      Us ‘older’ gals need balance…at least this one does!

  18. Deva Andrews 4 years ago

    Thanks Robin. Very much appreciate this.

  19. Stephanie 4 years ago

    Loved it! I always have lower back problems but my back feels so good on leg days!!

  20. Tanya 4 years ago

    Done:-)!

  21. Renee Murratti 4 years ago

    Loved this one…Thank you Robin….

  22. Helen 4 years ago

    Done & Feeling it.

  23. luz resseguie 4 years ago

    Done yesterday and today.

  24. Erin 4 years ago

    Done, great leg workout!

  25. Sherry 4 years ago

    I am finally back…had the worst cold. It’s nice to get back for today’s fun and challenging leg workout! Just what I needed!

  26. Paulette 4 years ago

    Wow feeling it in my legs..done with #8

  27. Christina 4 years ago

    Love, Love, Love it. Even when I’m just beat I tell myself “it’s only 10 mins., just do it”. Thanks Robin!

  28. wanda 4 years ago

    Done… great workout!!!

  29. Patty 4 years ago

    Done plus 30 min PIYO w/ slides

  30. Jen 4 years ago

    Done with day 8.

  31. Lauralei 4 years ago

    Done

  32. Rachel 4 years ago

    Done and loved it

  33. Traci 4 years ago

    Done! Thank you.

  34. Maggie 4 years ago

    Done. Thank you!

  35. Linda 4 years ago

    Done…thanks

  36. Erin 4 years ago

    Done! Better late than…wait, it’s early lol

  37. Kendra 4 years ago

    Done!

  38. Judy 4 years ago

    Did an hour of pilates at my fitness club last night so waited to do this set till tonight. I really enjoyed the emphasis on balance.

  39. Jamie 3 years ago

    Really enjoyed this one!!

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