#mindbodymat: Day 2…Pilates Legs + a GIVEAWAY!

MBM Pilates legs cover

Welcome to day #2 of #mindbodymat!

Did you enjoy yesterday’s ab workout? If you found it challenging, don’t get worry! When you re-visit that workout at the end of this challenge you’ll be amazed at how your strength has increased.

I loved seeing photos of your goal-setting sessions and am excited to cheer you on as you cross them off the list.

Before we get to today’s workout I’m excited to announce our very first GIVEAWAY!

This is a big one. You are going to love it.

MBM giveaway

This week’s giveaway includes:

1. A $150.00 gift card to AthletaHave you seen their latest catalog? Every piece is gorgeous.

2. A copy of The Body Book, by Cameron Diaz.

3. A jar of coconut butter and superfood protein powder sampler pack from Philosophie (my favorite brand). The Philosophie superfood powders are blends of the very best plant-based materials on earth. Superfoods are vitamin and mineral-dense substances prized for their unique nutrient profiles and ability to activate the body’s natural potential for cleansing, repairing, and rebuilding. 

4. Gaiam Compact Foam Roller – Allows you to work smaller regions or isolate certain muscle groups, ideal for releasing built-up tension and relieving stiffness, and lightly textured for non-slip use. Available at Amazon.com 

How to enter: post the giveaway photo (above) to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram and mention me (twitter: @balanced_life_, instagram: @thebalancedlife) and #mindbodymat. Any other posts throughout the week using the hashtag #mindbodymat will be considered extra entries.

Bonus points if you tag the giveaway brands as well!

Note: if your account is private I need to follow you to see it! So find me and let me know what your username is so that I can follow you back. 

Self-Care Challenge

Today’s challenge is all about self-talk…


Did you know that we have anywhere from 400-1400 words of self-talk per minute? Isn’t that crazy?

Most of the time we aren’t even aware of the internal conversation we’re having with ourselves on a daily basis. But if you’ve worked with me in The PBP, you know I believe that improving self-talk is a powerful way to change your habits and more importantly, boost  your confidence.

So today, let’s pay attention. I challenge you to eliminate ALL negative thoughts for one day. When you notice a negative thought, stop, and replace it with a positive one.

I can’t wait to hear how this goes for you.

Today’s Check-In: Share the giveaway image and tell me why you want to win!

Be sure to tag #mindbodymat and mention me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

Let’s workout…

Today’s workout is all about the legs. I hope you love it!

I honor of today’s giveaway I’m dressed in a few of my favorite Athleta pieces. The Chaturanga Capris are SO comfy. I highly recommend them. 🙂



PS – only 3 days left to upgrade! I included a cardio Pilates routine that I think you’ll love. 🙂

Ready to BUILD STRENGTH & FEEL GOOD in just 15 minutes a day?

Join the FREE 5-day Pilates Strong challenge!

  1. Jodie 7 years ago

    I upgraded! Waiting on my upgrade self improvement sheets.
    Oh and absolutely love Athleta active wear.

  2. Courtney 7 years ago

    I would love to treat myself to athleta because I’m obsessed with the catalog! I would put together a perfect teaching-all-day transition to pilates outfit if I could afford to!

  3. miranda 7 years ago

    Awesome! Looking forward to doing legs at the end of this crazy day! (shared the photo on pinterest!)

  4. April 7 years ago

    Wow that workout was great! Have admit those hinges were a little terrifying… I don’t trust my muscles enough to go back too far haha, but I did my best! Looking forward to tomorrow!

  5. Emily 7 years ago

    Love these thanks a bunch!! My 4 yr old does them with me. 🙂

  6. Hannah P 7 years ago

    Great workout for my legs this morning! I did it twice in a row! Pinnned it to my pinterest so I have easy access to it. Just started back in to really exercising after making excuses for a couple years. I’d love to get some athlete for more motivation!

  7. Chase 7 years ago

    I pinned it on my pinterest page which is under chase srivatsavaya. I would love to win this! Having good quality cute work out clothing makes me excited and motivated to work out! I also teach yoga classes so I spend a lot of time in yoga/pilates clothes and it would be so great to be able to treat myself to a new outfit as a reward for completing this mind body mat challenge 🙂

  8. Melanie 7 years ago


  9. Kimberly 7 years ago

    Thanks for another great workout Robin! I’m can’t afford classes right now, so this is fabulous and I love that each day is different so I won’t get bored and it’s challenging without being terrifying. 🙂

  10. Dianne McDermott-Crampton 7 years ago

    Great leg workout, boom! ha ha 🙂

  11. Rachel 7 years ago

    That was great! I don’t know about the rest of you but I absolutely love that I can feel my muscles working hard. My self care reminder “I am perfectly and wonderfully made.”

  12. Sarah 7 years ago

    Absolutely loved today’s workout! Thanks so much for these Robin!

  13. ashley 7 years ago

    Shared the image! Excited to try a few more of your favorite items and to expand my fitness collection! Great work out today! Thank you!

  14. Sherry 7 years ago

    Robin you are wonderful! I am loving your videos:). Thanks so much!

  15. Jenna Lepiane 7 years ago

    Hi Robin, I’m a caretaker for special needs and I just wanted to let you know that reminding myself to be positive turned what could have been a very bad experience into a good one. As a caretaker, communicating with an autistic child can be extremely challenging at times and frustrating despite the love you have for the individual and sometimes it’s easy to feel fed up. I was at this point with one of my clients today and I reminded myself to be positive, to rethink how I speak not only to myself but my client and I was able to turn the situation around. I just wanted to let you know that your words of wisdom really do make a difference an your message is being heard and appreciated.


    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Jenna, thank you so much for taking the time to share this. I’m so glad you were able to turn the situation around and that more positivity was found. YOU are an inspiration. xoxo

  16. Stacey 7 years ago

    Those hinges! My quads are going to be so sore tomorrow!

  17. Deb 7 years ago

    Really enjoyed the Pilates summer series so am very excited to be doing this series now! Thank you Robin for taking the time to do these videos!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      You’re welcome Deb! Thanks for joining me. 🙂

  18. Gina 7 years ago

    Oh man my quads are going to hurt after that one! Whenever I start softball season back up I always pull my quads the first week. Perhaps I should do this all year to keep them strong!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Yes, more Pilates for you! Would be great to support your softball season. 🙂

  19. Kris 7 years ago

    Love these workouts so far! Really helping me
    Get motivated for more and really wanting to ge
    Back in shape! Thanks for everything. Look forward
    To this and your blog every day now.

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Glad to hear that Kris. Keep up the great work! Lots more to come. 🙂

  20. Whitney c 7 years ago

    I would really just love to win. Simple as that. Thanks for the great course.

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      You are welcome. And thank YOU for participating. 🙂

  21. Maria 7 years ago

    Work out done. Thank you =)

  22. Monica 7 years ago

    Excellent workout! The inner thigh excercises burned in a good way!

  23. Adie 7 years ago

    Felt this one today! Hurt so good though. Thank you, Robin!

  24. Kelsey 7 years ago

    Such a good workout today! Instagram is @kelsey_gipson!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Hi Kelsey! Will you comment on one of my instagram photos so that i can easily follow you back? Thanks! 🙂

  25. Madison 7 years ago

    Just pinned the giveaway to my pinterest! Would love some new Athleta wear!

  26. Laura 7 years ago

    Finding new muscles, love the challenge!

  27. Hatley 7 years ago

    I loved today’s self care challenge and of course the workout! Please follow my Instagram to see my repost!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Hi Hatley – comment on my photo on instagram so that I can easily follow you. Thanks! 🙂

  28. Jennifer 7 years ago

    I loved the workout! Perfect length of time and perfect level of “burn.” I posted the giveaway poster on Facebook but I wasn’t sure how to tag you, maybe my profile is private? My username is Jennifer Morgan. I want to win because I am much more motivated to workout when I have trendy but comfortable clothes to wear.

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Thanks Jennifer! Make sure to use the #mindbodymat tag and try to tag my page on Facebook. That will ensure that I see it. Thanks! xo

  29. Kat Clayton 7 years ago

    This Kat, I did both workouts. I need more ab strength and I’m looking forward to seeing the progress on day 21. Thanks

  30. Rachel D. 7 years ago

    I am so excited to start this new pilates workout! I am always looking for effective workouts that work those legs, amongst the whole body to strengthen myself.
    Daily inspiration comes from others posting about it, as well as daily posts on @thebalancedlife on Instagram. Through my recent renewal of being happy and healthy, I attribute a positive teacher, Robin.
    Apart from Pilates Legs, I really REALLY hope I WIN the giveaway. I have been working hard to lose weight, and would love and appreciate the opportunity to show others of my knowledge of @thebalancedlife . Also, my favorite female celebrity is Cameron Diaz, the author of #thebodybook ,close second is Jennifer Lawerence.
    Robin, please choose me for the giveaway. Thanks for all you have done, continue to do. Inspiration comes from within, and it shines to others who are willing to notice. I’m always willing, and have been noticing :)!

  31. Amanda 7 years ago

    Hey Robin- great workout! Thanks for introducing me to the hinges! My legs feel great…yes I am already a day behind on day 2. I am doubling up tonight to get back on track. Thank you for the inspiration.

  32. Sophia 7 years ago

    Robin, I love knowing your recommendation of Philosophie! I’ve been looking for a good plant-based powder!

  33. Sophia 7 years ago

    Also, thank you for the self-care challenge 🙂

  34. JJ 7 years ago

    I’m a runner and these exercices not only help with strengh training but help me to work on flexibility as well. Really enjoy pilates! thanks for the series.

  35. Lizzie 7 years ago

    Hi Robin! Thank you for #mindbodymat – it coincides with the start of a new chapter in my life, and I’m excited for the opportunity to move forward with the balance and flexibility that your challenges and workouts foster.

    I’m using this Pinterest board – http://www.pinterest.com/lizziejm/balance/ – to keep track of #mindbodymat ideas and inspirations. I’ve also used that board to share and enter your giveaway – what exciting resources! I’d love to learn more through The Body Book, get started with foam rolling, rebuild with some superfoods, and refresh my wardrobe. Thanks for putting that together!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      What a great board! Thank you! I’m following and will re-pin much of what you pin. 🙂 So glad this is all coming at a good time for you. Excited for your journey! xo

  36. Becky Amick 7 years ago

    Loves this leg workout!
    Entered the giveaway on Instagram & Pinterest 🙂

  37. Becky Amick 7 years ago

    Just did days 1,2,& 4. Love these quick little workouts! I love to mix and match for a full length workout 🙂

  38. Caroline B 7 years ago

    A friend just turned me onto your mini-workouts and they’re great! One question though – what would you recommend to protect my obviously too-bony hips? The tops of my femurs stick out farther than my pelvic bones and lying on my side to do the first few leg exercises was VERY painful. I tried rolling my mat to get more thickness under my hip, to no avail. Ended up popping a pillow under my hips, but then I was having trouble with my alignment. Do you have any other suggestions? Or alternate exercises (maybe in another video) that I could try? Thanks!!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Yes, use all the padding you need! It’s true that it may challenge your stability but it’s important that you’re not in pain. Instead of a pillow a thick, folded blanket may provide more comfort without throwing off your stability too much. 🙂

  39. Angela P. 7 years ago

    Love this workout! It feels good to get back in shape. I shared the giveaway photo on pinterest here- http://www.pinterest.com/pin/488218415828325235/
    Thanks! <3

  40. Katie Ray 7 years ago

    loved this! Am I too late for giveaway?? I got a late start to challenge…please follow me on instagram @k8eray to see my entry! Thanks!! Awesome giveaway!

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