A New FREE Pilates Challenge: #MindBodyMat

I’m so excited to announce the details of my next FREE, online challenge today!

28 Days of Pilates was about starting the year on a healthy foot.

The Pilates Summer Series was all about summer prep.

And this next challenge will serve as a mid-year reset to help you care for your body and mind before diving into the busy Fall season (I know, I hate to even mention it, but it’s coming!)



This challenge will take you beyond the mat.

It’s a challenge to care for your body AND mind in little bits each day; to take practical steps that will benefit your mind, body and spirit; to focus on MORE than just exercise (although we’ll certainly do plenty of that, too).

Because the mind and body will always affect one another – positively or negatively – we get to decide.

I don’t know about you, but my routine could use a little re-set after all the summer indulgence, travel and fun.

#MindBodyMat is designed to strengthen your body, clear your mind and rejuvenate your spirit.


On August 11th we’ll join together as a community and intentionally care for our minds and bodies on a daily basis.

You know I believe in making small, everyday changes to improve your health.

So this program is exactly that; small changes that will add up to big results.

I challenge you to spend 5-10 minutes per day caring for your body AND mind for the next 3 weeks.

Are you in?


Here are the details…


You + me + the encouraging, supportive community of Balanced Life beauties.


The challenge: take 5-10 minutes per day to care for your body and mind during the month of August.

Every Monday – Friday I’ll post a new workout here on the blog for you to do at home.

Each video will be  5 – 10 minutes long (manageable for even the busiest of schedules) and focus on one target area.

I’ll also post a specific self-care challenge for you to complete each day to help you restore your spirit and bring more balance into your daily life. These challenges will be practical, manageable and fun.



Monday, August 11 – August 31, 2014.

The videos will be posted here on the blog by 5:00 am EST.

You can do them on your own time throughout the day (so there’s really no excuse…).


All videos will be posted here on The Balanced Life. So be sure to bookmark my site. You’ll follow along from the comfort of your own home.


Because we’re all busy but we can (and should) commit to finding 5 minutes a day to care for our bodies and minds.

Because small steps add up to big changes.

Because we could all use a little reset before we head into the busy Fall season.

Because we cannot care for others well unless we first care for ourselves.

And because working out together is MUCH more fun than working out alone.

And because…IT’S FREE!


I’m so excited to get started and really hope you’ll join me!

If you’re up for the challenge, sign up here to receive your FREE Progress Tracker and weekly workout summaries:

Want to maximize your results?

This is for those of you who are interested in doing more than just 5-10 minutes per day, Monday-Friday. (note: it is NOT required)

For just $27 you can take your training to the next level…


If you upgraded during the Pilates Summer Series, rest assured, these are brand new workouts! I even included a Cardio-Pilates routine for the days you’re in the mood to sweat.

The upgrade package includes:

  • 3 additional, 20 minute, full-body workouts (I’ll send a new one every Friday afternoon) so that you make the most of these 3 weeks and continue your workouts over the weekend. These videos will be downloadable and yours to keep forever.
  • Detailed goal setting worksheets to keep you motivated and ensure your success.
  • A Fall Vision Guide that will ensure that you feel more balanced, healthy and satisfied in your daily life by the end of this program.
  • A Guide To Personal Balance & Values to help you allocate your time and energy in a way that fills you up and reduces stress.


– 10% of all proceeds will be donated to Women for Women International –

No matter which option you choose, this is going to be so much fun!

Before we get started make sure that we are friends on FacebookInstagram & Twitter. 🙂

And follow the #mindbodymat Pinterest board for extra motivation and ideas throughout the month.


Signature-transPS – it would mean the world to me if you shared this with your friends on social media. Use the hashtag #MindBodyMat and help me spread the word of FREE Pilates.  Simply copy and paste the link from your browser and share away. Thank you!

PPS – If you upgrade be sure to sign up for BOTH lists to get all of the free goodies. Also – if your Paypal account is linked with an old address be sure to check that inbox for your confirmation email. You will need to open that to complete your registration process. 🙂


  1. Nicola 2 years ago

    Ooh, this is perfect timing. I start my new job on August 11th, so this is exactly what I need to make sure I don’t let fitness and self-care fall by the wayside. So excited!

  2. Colleen Blackall 2 years ago

    I’m so excited, this is perfect and so needed. Thank you!

  3. Deanna 2 years ago

    I CAN’T wait! Loved the other challenges and this one looks just as amazing.

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      Robin Long 2 years ago

      Hi Deanna! Glad you’ll be joining again. 🙂

  4. Urban Wife 2 years ago

    This is so awesome, Robin! All your workouts I’ve done have been fantastic and I can’t wait for this. I am definitely in!! 😉

  5. Adie 2 years ago

    So excited for this! I did the Summer Series (a month behind the real challenge as I discovered it late) and loved it so much I am now on Day 16 of the 28 Day Challenge. I can’t wait to start this new challenge and join in with everyone else in real time this go-round. Thank you Robin for these amazing workouts! They are fantastic motivation for a mama trying to get back in touch with her muscles.

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      Robin Long 2 years ago

      SO great! I’m so glad you’re doing all of this! Excited to work with you more in the future. 🙂

  6. JoAnn 2 years ago

    If I’m traveling a lot–read: small spaces, no mat–will the upgrade be good for that?

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      Robin Long 2 years ago

      The upgrade will be the same as the daily workouts in terms of space. You’ll just need enough room to lay down and move your arms & legs. 🙂

  7. Victoria B 2 years ago

    I can’t wait! Thank you.

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      Robin Long 2 years ago

      You’re welcome! Thank YOU for joining me. 🙂

  8. Sophie 2 years ago

    I’m so excited about this! I was wondering how you split your workouts during the week Robin? Do you do so many days pilates with a few runs wherever you can fit them in?

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      Robin Long 2 years ago

      My workouts these days are based on my mood and the amount of time I have available/my schedule. I do Pilates a few times a week (sometimes in very small chunks) and then go for a run 1-3x per week depending on the week. 🙂 I’m very loose with my routine because I enjoy it more that way!

  9. Jodie 2 years ago

    I am still thinking about upgrading. Is there a deadline for the upgrade or do I have until the week of?:)

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      Robin Long 2 years ago

      Great question! The upgrade will be available through the end of the 1st week. 🙂

  10. Adie 2 years ago

    Quick question, when we sign up for the challenge, should we get an email fairly soon after? I signed up last week but have not received the confirmation email. Thanks!

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      Robin Long 2 years ago

      Yes, you should. 🙂 Did you check your spam folder? If you don’t see it there let me know and I will look into it further….

      • Adie 2 years ago

        Found it, thank you! I am all signed up and I will upgrade on Friday. Loved the upgrade workouts for the Pilates Summer Series!

  11. Olivia 2 years ago

    I have really been loving your workouts for the last several weeks. I’m doing the 28 day challenge and seeing results! How encouraging for a lovely 10 minute workout! Thanks, Robin. Looking forward to this upcoming challenge

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  13. Wendy T 2 years ago

    Can’t wait; so needing some more mindfulness in my life and I always love your tips!

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      Robin Long 2 years ago

      Glad you’ll be joining Wendy! I could use some more mindfulness as well. It’s gonna be good. xo

  14. Sarah V 2 years ago

    I just moved away from my beloved Pilates instructor so this is a much needed dose of goodness.

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    I’m getting cleared for exercise post-baby this week, so the timing is perfect to jump-start my return to exercise! Looking forward to getting started!

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  20. Kate 2 years ago

    would these exercises be good to do while pregnant?

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      Robin Long 2 years ago

      Hi Kate!
      While many of the exercises are safe to do while pregnant – some are not. So therefore, I can’t recommend this as a pregnancy-safe program. I do however have a great, prenatal Pilates program that is available all the time. Click on the tab at the top of the page called “prenatal Pilates.” There are a lot of pregnancy-specific workouts that I filmed while I was in my 2nd and 3rd trimesters along with a lot of other helpful resources to prepare you for labor and delivery. xo

  21. Rachel 2 years ago

    I have been away from pilates for almost 6 years. Before my back injury I was practicing for 10 years. I miss it so much. The doctors have finally given me the all clear and this has come at the best time. I am ready to get by body balanced again!

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  26. Elita 2 years ago

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  27. Lucy 2 years ago

    This is an awesome challenge! I am planning to try it and I am now making time for this challenge. So excited!

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