Mind Body Pilates Challenge // Day 1

Hi Beauties!

Welcome to day #1 of the Mind Body Pilates challenge!

We’re kicking things off with Pilates Foundations, a 15-minute full-body Pilates workout.

In this 15-minute Pilates workout, I’ll lead you through some of the foundational Pilates principles and exercises to set you up for success. You’ll work your abs, strengthen your arms, tone your legs, breathe deeply, and release tension from your entire body.

As we kick off this challenge, let’s all embrace that we’re busy and we’re not perfect. But we’re going to do the best we can.

We’re going to take it step-by-step and day-by-day…and today? All you have to do is find time for ONE 15 minute workout.

CLICK HERE to view the workout on YouTube and be sure to watch till the end for today’s mindfulness assignment!

I can’t wait for you to build strength, calm your mind, and feel AMAZING!


PS – If you want these 15-minute Pilates workouts delivered to your inbox each morning, CLICK HERE! I’ll send you everything you need to know about the Mind Body Pilates challenge!

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What I’m Wearing:

Lorna Jane Gentle Support F/L Tight // Lole Jane Tank // Lole Beth Tee (similar)

  1. Karyn Henning 7 days ago

    Lovely workout, thanks

  2. Una 7 days ago

    I really enjoyed the work out. I haven’t done any exercise for ages, so for me challenging but also encouraging because I got through it

    • Jolene 6 days ago

      Loved it! Went so fast!

      Thank you!!!

  3. Kathryn James 7 days ago

    Great quick session feeling a nice burn. Thank you <3

  4. Sarah McBride 7 days ago

    Enjoyed this .cant wait for tomorrow’s exercise.

  5. Julie 7 days ago

    Time went so fast. It was great thank you🙏

  6. Lorraine 7 days ago

    Very effective workout even though it is only 15 minutes. Thank you

  7. June Wilson 7 days ago

    Thank you for the first day of MBPC look forward to day 2 . I’m trying this with a broken rota cuff hopefully I can complete the challenge . X

    • Elisabeth Callahan 6 days ago

      Hi June! Please be sure to get cleared to do Pilates by your medical provider. Once cleared, modify or skip exercises as needed for your body. Cheering you on! 🙂

  8. Sheila 7 days ago

    Just did my workout. It’s mid afternoon for me though. So more of winding down for the day.

  9. Amber 7 days ago

    Hello Robyn

    Love the workout today. Thank you 🙂

    Looking forwa.cord to tomorrows session!

  10. Amber 7 days ago

    Hello Robyn

    Love the workout today. Thank you 🙂

    Looking forward to tomorrows session!

    • Gwen 6 days ago

      Just getting back into some exercises again and this was a great way to get started! Looking forward to tomorrow’s video!!

  11. Jackie Statum 7 days ago

    I really enjoyed the workout this morning. This is the first time I ever done pilate. It was awesome! It was burning but enjoyed every minute of it. I LOVE IT❤️❤️❤️❤️

  12. Caroline 7 days ago

    Really good workout – feel nicely stretched!

  13. Lesley Beechey 7 days ago

    First one done and all is good thanks

  14. Charmie 7 days ago

    Just completed my first workout
    Thank you

  15. monie 7 days ago

    Just completed day 1! Thanks

  16. Kate 7 days ago

    Nice workout, thanks Robin!

  17. Angela 7 days ago

    That was great! I feel nicely stretched, thankyou!

  18. Elaine 7 days ago

    Day 1 of challenge – achieved , thank you

  19. Cathy Clarke 7 days ago

    Wow I’m so out of condition.. it was great to go back to doing something on the mat. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us. Xxx

  20. Emma 7 days ago

    Great work out looking forward to tomorrow morning

  21. Sharon Wall 7 days ago

    Thank you. A brilliant workout.

  22. Sandra Hilton 7 days ago

    Wasn’t sure but I’m so pleased I tried! A wonderful workout, looking forward to tomorrows.

  23. Hellie 7 days ago

    A lovely workout even though a little challenging. I haven’t worked out since hip replacement. Felt great after and looking forward to tomorrow’s x

  24. Jeanine De Diana 7 days ago

    Thanks was great to get back into Pilates

  25. Fran 7 days ago

    Fantastic start to day.

  26. Teresa 7 days ago

    Day 1 complete. Great workout. Feeling good. Thanks Robin.

  27. Patty 7 days ago

    First day complete! Thank you! I look forward to tomorrow!

  28. Rebecca Nicholson 7 days ago

    Ahhh best 15 minutes of my day!! Thank you 🙏🏻

  29. Krisbel 7 days ago

    Nice workout!!

  30. Liz 7 days ago

    Lovely workout using a variety of different Pilates principles . Off to teach my Pilates classes all warmed up, relaxed and ready to embrace the day…….. see you tomorrow . 🥰🥰🥰🥰

  31. Marichelle 7 days ago

    That was fun! Thx!

  32. Carolyn 7 days ago

    Day One! Enjoyed starting a new journey

  33. Sharon Hewitt 7 days ago

    Great way to start getting back into Pilates, thanks

  34. Debbie Burr 7 days ago

    Great first pilates workout. I did it!

  35. Carol 7 days ago

    great routine, thank you

  36. Cheryl Westrick 7 days ago

    Great way to start my day!!

  37. Shirley Greaves 7 days ago

    I really enjoyed this workout. Looking forward to tomorrow.

  38. Lisa Clarke 7 days ago

    Great first session – can’t wait for tomorrow.

  39. Donna 7 days ago

    I completed the workout. Keep it going.

  40. Bev Debolt 7 days ago

    I actually did it! That alone has given me more power for the day! Thank you! Bloomington, MN

  41. Jennifer 7 days ago

    I so much appreciate being able to do this at home without having to go to a gym. Found your instructions very easy to follow- not what I have experienced in other classes!!

  42. Melissa Fitzgerald 7 days ago

    I did it! I haven’t done Pilates in 3 yrs it felt good! Wasn’t pretty but it will get better. And took so little time.

  43. Dagmar 7 days ago

    definitely was a workout… I am very much out of shape and need to work this everyday! Thank you.

  44. Kaci 7 days ago

    Wonderful end to my day

  45. Anita 7 days ago

    Thank you. A great work out right away in the morning. The 15 minutes is just right to get the day started. I do yoga once a week and this will definitely add to that. Thank you!!!

  46. Helenor 7 days ago

    Really good feel fantastic thank you Robin💓

  47. Varsha 7 days ago

    Thanks a ton. This is the perfect way to start my day. Feeling energized and all in for the mindfulness challenge.

  48. Brenda 7 days ago

    When I woke up this morning I could barely move my back from sitting on my bed yesterday and sending email with a relative. I knew what it needed was so stretching from previous sitting like that (Sounds like I know better!lol). So I was anxious to see if I could even get on the mat (I’m older!) and see if this 15 minutes might help me. Yes and yes!! This was not easy for me, I’ll admit. I felt the stretch and those burns and my biggest issue was the breathing. So thank you for this 15 minutes today. I think you saved the day!!

  49. Diane 7 days ago

    I haven’t been able to exercise for the past month due to a little procedure I had. So this was a perfect start back. Looking forward to the rest of the challenge.

  50. Janice 7 days ago

    Thanks for a great workout.

  51. Irene 7 days ago

    Love, love, loved it! Cannot wait to do more! Thanks so much for this Robin! xx

  52. Zara 7 days ago

    Really enjoyed it. Nice feeling to start back into exercise.

  53. Debra 7 days ago

    Got it late in the day, been looking for it all day lol. But did it will start my day with no 1 and do the day 2 when I get home from work. I didn’t account for the time differences. Looking for to working through the 10 days.

  54. Wanda Pyatt 7 days ago

    That was fantastic Robin! Thank you so much. I feel energized & ready for the day Looking forward to tomorrow xx

  55. Natalie M Deckerd 7 days ago

    15 minutes is very doable to start the day! Thank you!

  56. George 7 days ago

    Thank you for a great workout which is very much needed.

  57. Kirsty 7 days ago

    That was my first time at doing Pilates? Thank you I loved it 😊

  58. Jules 7 days ago

    Hi can anyone tell me if is this true Pilates or new age techniques?

  59. Tiffany 7 days ago

    Thanks for this!

  60. Kathy in the UK 7 days ago

    One month on since eye surgery so I adapted to suit my posturing but felt very beneficial after a confinement to bed and chair. Knowing my limits but ready to make small improvements!! Still sitting on my mat feeling calm x

  61. Leea 7 days ago

    Thanks for the workout realize how unfit i have got as these simple exercises challenged me im motivated to get fitter role on tomorrow

  62. Georgina 7 days ago

    Great workout thank you. It didn’t feel like 15 minutes!

  63. Mary D 6 days ago

    Thank you. Lived this session and feeling great already.❤️

  64. Rachelle 6 days ago

    Great workout! I so excited for this challange!! Thank you!

  65. Kris 6 days ago

    Loved this,I wasn’t feeling great today but I pushed myself to do it and I’m glad I did .
    Thank you 💜

  66. dawnc 6 days ago

    You are an amazing teacher!! Thank you!

  67. Zeno 6 days ago

    That was great, look forward to tomorrow!

  68. Ann Bobb 6 days ago

    I find it hard not to feel sick watching thevideo and lying on the floor, not sure what I can do about that. I am an older person.

    • Elisabeth Callahan 6 days ago

      Hi Ann! Sorry to hear this. Try elevating yourself using a couple towels, and be sure to hydrate well before, during and after the workouts. Please be sure to get cleared by your medical provider to do Pilates!

  69. Lilly Petru 6 days ago

    Just got my first workout, love it. Love it. Thank you

  70. Vicki 6 days ago

    I am so excited to be part of this group
    I am so out of shape but feels wonderful to get back at it. Wonderful presentation and easy to follow
    Thanks see you tomorrow

  71. Bertha 6 days ago

    I did it! YAY….🌹 Thank you

  72. Gurdip 6 days ago

    Enjoyed this .cant wait for tomorrow’s exercise.

  73. Val 6 days ago

    I just got this workout on 9th. So one day behind. I love the first day. I’ve set my goal. Can’t wait for tomorrow. XO V

  74. Jan 6 days ago

    Fastest 15 min. ever! Thank you! Looking forward to tomorrow!

  75. Cheryl Martin 6 days ago

    Recovering from torn meniscus in one knee and a broken arm! I usually exercise 5 days a week, but these injuries made it challenging. It’s nice to feel some burn by getting back to more activity. Thanks!

    • Elisabeth Callahan 6 days ago

      Please be sure to get cleared by your medical provider to do Pilates Cheryl! Be sure to go slowly and listen to your body! 🙂

  76. Eileen 6 days ago

    Lovely workout! Great way to start my retirement.

  77. Darlene 6 days ago

    Awesome start.. great exercises. Love that it’s only 15 minutes .😀👍

  78. Ginnie 6 days ago

    Just done it. Went so quick. Looking forward to tomorrow’s now 😃

  79. Denise 6 days ago

    Great workout, enjoyed day one

  80. Lena O'Reilly 6 days ago

    Thank you so much great work out ready for night shift again

  81. Lena O'Reilly 6 days ago

    Thank you so much great work out ready to meet next challenge

  82. Mary 6 days ago

    Enjoyed the workout. It went by so fast. Looking forward for tomorrow’s.

  83. Maz 6 days ago

    Fantastic 15 minutes which went really well. I’m a 62 year old lady who fell down the stairs a week ago so struggled with some exercises due my back but did my best and feel much better. I can feel my back relaxing and staying thank you that’s just what I needed even if painful for me today. Bring on tomorrow xxx thank you so much for this xxx

    • Elisabeth Callahan 6 days ago

      Please take it easy Maz and get cleared to do Pilates by your medical provider so you don’t aggravate your injury!

  84. Jane Jones 6 days ago

    Great first workout. I needed this. Thank you!

  85. Leila 6 days ago

    With both my kids at school now, I’m going to have more time for myself. This was the BEST way to start my new health & self care journey. Thank you so much this! 💕

  86. Virginia Christ 6 days ago

    Hello Robin,
    I did it 💪🏻
    Thank you 🙏🏻

  87. Dionne 6 days ago

    Thank for the workout today

  88. Sheila DelCharco 6 days ago

    Good to be back on the mat with you Robin!

  89. Penny 6 days ago

    Hi Robin
    I managed it
    Thank you

  90. Alison 6 days ago

    Do you have any suggestions for pain when doing the flat on the back exercises that put pressure on the upper buttocks. This is the problem I always have when I try to do Pilates. I am not sure what bones are the problem – it feels like maybe back of the pelvis but it is too painful to do about half the exercises on the back. The other exercises are fine but anything that pushes my weight into those bones hurts. I have tried a pillow in the past without much improvement but I’ll try that again. Any other suggestions would be welcome. Normally I exercise in a pool or with an inflated ball.

    • Elisabeth Callahan 6 days ago

      Hi Alison! Pilates should never hurt so if you are in a lot of pain, we would recommend you stop and skip that move. Robin can’t give personalized advice, so please check with your medical provider to get cleared to do Pilates and to see what may be causing your pain. Be gentle and listen to your body!

  91. Julie 6 days ago

    This was great, enjoyed and the 15 mins went very quickly.

  92. Cristina Fanita 6 days ago

    I really enjoyed this. And was able to finish even though I have a very bad sciatica . Thank.you so much Robin. Cannot wait for tomorrow xoxo

  93. Linda 6 days ago

    Thank you, thus is perfect for me as I’m recovering from a back injury. The instructions were clear & it didn’t take long. Brilliant, looking forward to tomorrow

  94. Linda 6 days ago

    Day one done. Really enjoyed it looking forward to day two

  95. Tracy 6 days ago

    Wow loved this workout, I’ve been struggling with my lack of core strength. This is just what I need

  96. Nilaja Whitaker 6 days ago

    Hi Robin!! I don’t do Facebook, but I want you to know that I thoroughly enjoyed day 1!! Thank you!

  97. Michelle 6 days ago

    Day 1 Done!

  98. Dawn 6 days ago

    Hi Robin, Thank you so much for today’s workout. Feel.so great that I have done it, i feel that I’m so unfit and this has been great. Looking forward to tomorrow x Thank you xx

  99. Beverley Hendrickson 6 days ago

    Fantastic workout, bring on tomorrow.

  100. Tina 6 days ago

    First time ever trying pilates……harder work than you make it look, but enjoyed it! Am I supposed to get cramp in the back of my thighs or am I doing something seriously wrong?

    • Elisabeth Callahan 6 days ago

      Great job Tina! Pilates should never hurt! But for cramps, we would recommend hydrating very well before, during and after each workout. If you’ve never done Pilates or it’s been a long time, your muscles may cramp a bit as they are being used more than normal!

  101. Alicia Ann Starcher 6 days ago

    Thank you! This is about all I can fit in right now and I love it. Feels so good!

  102. Andrea 6 days ago

    Session flew – feeling good to join again tomorrow

  103. Donna 6 days ago

    Thank you for motivating me to get back to pilates. It’s been over 20 years since I did it and I felt great. Hopefully my body will respond positively. My goal is simply to feel better.

  104. Suki 6 days ago

    Fantastic thank you, found it okay and so convenient to do in my own time.
    Did it after a stressful day, so helped me relax before bed.
    Thanks once again.

  105. Heather 6 days ago

    I was only able to complete 10 minutes of this workout. But I did it anyway. Feel great and pushing myself to do more each day.

  106. Karen 6 days ago

    Day 1. Enjoyed the first session. Know it will be good for me. Look forward to continuing.

  107. Kerstin 6 days ago

    Thanks. Great way to start the week. Just enough to make me want to keep going.

  108. Karen 6 days ago

    I have not worked out in 7 years due to total RNR so I was slow but I did it. Thank you😀

  109. Judith Galler 6 days ago

    Great workout thank you

  110. Peggie 6 days ago

    Thank you for your kindness to bring me back towards health and strength. How very grateful I am. How thoughtful you are to have a heart for others. Sharing your time, talent, from God so others can be healthy.
    Many Blessings Returned
    To You And Yours 💗

  111. Lorraine Forster 6 days ago

    Loved day one workout, so easy to follow the and especially loved the advice to keep breathing, soften those shoulders

  112. Deborah 6 days ago

    Hi Robin, Just finished the first lesson its my first time doing Pilates and loved it. Thank you, can’t wait till tomorrow.

  113. Michelle 6 days ago

    That was fun! A lovely way to start the day 🙂
    I can’t wait to feel stronger

  114. Angie Webb 6 days ago

    Day 1 complete!
    My goal for this challenge is to finish it! I just discovered you last week and have done some
    Of your workouts and have been listening to your podcast. As a full time working mother of 4(all c sections so no abs left!), quick workouts and things that calm the mind are a necessity! Thanks Robin!

  115. Mary 6 days ago

    Nice and quick workout to end my workday

  116. Maria 6 days ago

    Thank you for sharing this workout. 15 min is perfect! I have little ones at home & 15 min seems more realistic for me than a longer workout video.
    Loved it!

  117. Nicci 6 days ago

    Just completed. Thanks

  118. Lisa 6 days ago

    Loved the workout, Quick and effective. Can’t wait for tomorrow ❤️🙏🏻

  119. Ann 6 days ago

    Completed this evening and enjoyed Day 1 session, hope to master the breathing! Look forward to our next lesson.

  120. Cathy Penny 6 days ago

    Awesome 🧘‍♀️💕

  121. Cat 6 days ago

    Loved the workout. Perfectly timed to fit in to a busy day.

  122. Jen 6 days ago

    Great work out, quick and efficient, great way to start the day!!!

    • Monique 6 days ago

      Thank you! I did it! Not a couch potato day 1!!!

  123. Elisha 6 days ago

    This was my first time trying pilates. Absolutely loved it – so much so that i did two more (abs and one other 6 minute video). So glad I found the Balanced Life. Thank you!

  124. Natalie King 6 days ago

    Loved the workout looking forward to tomorrows

  125. Jody A Price 6 days ago

    thank you…now thinking about a goal…

  126. Brenda 6 days ago

    Thanks, I completed session one.

  127. Jackie 6 days ago

    Competed the workout after I was done working (from home). I did mat Pilates several years ago and loved it. It’s been awhile. The workout was great . Thanks 😊

  128. Melissa Zwicharowski 6 days ago

    Hi. Just completed my workout for Day#1. Looking forward to Day#2. Hoping to get stronger by Day #10.

  129. Andrea M 6 days ago

    Day 1 done! That was great, really enjoyed it – thank you!!!!

  130. Mary 6 days ago

    Workout done. Feels good to stretch 💕😊

  131. Connie 6 days ago

    Just finished session 1 and it was great. Thank you…looking forward to tomorrow!

  132. Maribel 6 days ago

    Great workout. I back is warmed up and I am ready to begin my day. Thank you.

  133. Mary Ann 6 days ago

    Did the work out this evening because I didn’t have time to do it this morning. I loved it! Can’t wait for day 2. I’ll be getting up earlier tomorrow so I can fit it in before work. Thank you!

  134. Patty valitchka 6 days ago

    Just finished challenge 1 and loved it! I feel great and look forward to tomorrow. Only 15 minutes, I have no excuse!

  135. Andrea C 6 days ago

    Great 1st day workout. I was a little intimidated to try pilates. So glad I did, feeling so refreshed and relaxed. Looking forward to tomorrow.

  136. Jamie 6 days ago

    Thoroughly enjoyed this workout to hopefully get into shape…haven’t excercise in quite a while. Looking forward to day 2. challenge. Thank you

  137. Sandra 6 days ago

    That was a perfect first workout! And I actually did it! Yay me!

  138. Tina 6 days ago

    Thank you 🙏🏻

  139. Barbara 6 days ago

    What a great stretch! I have never done this type of work out before. Looking forward to Day 2

  140. Cindy Marlar 6 days ago

    Just completed day 1

  141. Claire 6 days ago

    Thank you providing this 15 minute video. What a nice way to unwind after a busy day

  142. Kelli 6 days ago

    Love the inspiration 15 mins Pilates workout! Looking forward to tomorrow’s workout!

  143. Anne 6 days ago

    Invigorating and relaxing at the same time.

  144. Valerie 6 days ago

    Great first work out!

  145. Malou 6 days ago

    Thank you, I feel fulfilled in finishing first day challenge. I feel great! Thank you!

  146. Maria Dower 6 days ago

    Enjoyed the workout! Looking forward to the next one.

  147. Ivonne 6 days ago

    Day one done. Looking forward to the next 9. First time to Pilates.

  148. Marcie 6 days ago

    I did it and enjoyed it! Getting Bahama wedding ready! #motherofthebride

  149. Rebecca C Gomez 6 days ago

    Day 1 done!!!

  150. L 6 days ago

    Day 1 done

  151. Sheilagh 6 days ago

    Love the concept of 15 minute a day! Just finished and it went so fast! Appreciate your realism! Thank you Robyn!

  152. Erin 6 days ago

    Day 1 done looking forward to day 2

  153. Louise 6 days ago

    I wasn’t able to do this until now which was 9:30pm but I enjoyed it and did the best I could. I look forward to tomorrow. Plan to do earlier in the day:)

  154. Yaya 6 days ago


  155. Epifania Estremera 6 days ago

    I did day 1 of the challenge it was grt n went by really quick nice way to unwind after a long day thanks !

  156. Carol 6 days ago

    Enjoyed the practice and could not believe when time was up.

  157. Lori Lambert 6 days ago

    I am so stiff but this really helped!!

  158. Marilyn Sawh 6 days ago

    Just completed the 1st season. Amazing! Looking forward to the next session

  159. L 6 days ago

    Day 1 done, it flew.

  160. Denise 6 days ago

    Nice challenge to get me back into a routine!

  161. Reann 6 days ago

    That was such a brilliant intro to you and to Pilates (re-intro to Pilates for me 🙂 ).
    Thank you!

  162. Sarah 6 days ago

    Modified and took it easy (healing from being rear ended) but I DID IT!!

  163. Lyndal 6 days ago

    Great workout and stretching, thanks! Appreciate getting back into a routine to work other muscles other than those when I hike:)

  164. Julia 6 days ago

    Really enjoyed the day 1 exercises, it definitely set me up for the day feeling energised! 👍🙂

  165. Jennifer Marilley 6 days ago

    Thanks to my sisters, I have two accountability partners. Just finished and am gonna head to bed to get up nice and early to complete day two!! I CAN and WILL do this!!

  166. Dawn 6 days ago

    I enjoyed the workout yesterday–it went so fast! I haven’t received today’s workout yet (6:20am CST)…..is there a delay? When do the workouts generally get sent? Thanks!

  167. Pat McKinnon 5 days ago

    On Pilates retreat over weekend so doing yesterdays today and todays tonight!!
    Nice stretches!!

  168. Pat McKinnon 5 days ago

    Day 2 done! Yeh…feeling good 🙂

  169. Jenny 5 days ago

    Thank you I’ve enjoyed both days. Just need to master the breathing a little better. Really good way to relax, definitely feeling the benefits except my stomach muscles!

  170. Kate 5 days ago

    I’m a day behind – just enjoyed my 1st workout- tough cos I’m needing s 2nd hip replacement but I feel good! Thank you.

    • Cindy 5 days ago

      I just started too!

  171. Cindy 5 days ago

    Wonderful and love seeing your pleasant presence on the beach!

  172. Judy Bailey 5 days ago

    Day 1 for me Grace

  173. Christine E 4 days ago

    I did day one of the challenge today and was really impressed by the work out and your guidance! Thank you!

  174. Christine Schmelling 3 days ago

    Beautiful, lovely, joyful, satisfying – these are words that describe my experience with you in this video Pilates Challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with others.

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