Pilates Summer Series: Day #12 + Final Giveaway!


I’m so excited about our next giveaway. It’s a perfect representation of what The Balanced Life is all about: Pilates, positive body image, health and a natural, balanced lifestyle.

Today’s bundle represents all of that and more.


Have your heard of Affirmats? If not, you’re in for a treat. I absolutely adore them.

Affirmats are high quality, eco-friendly mats made with biodegradable ingredients. But the best part is their message. Each mat has an affirmation such as, “I am wonderfully made” and “I am free,” to help you embrace your time on your mat and create a positive environment for your Pilates practice. I just love them.


The generous Affirmats team has offered to give away one of their beautiful mats to one, lucky Balanced Life beauty.

On top of that, Adina from SW Basics (remember last week’s post?) is throwing in a skin care mini kit + tote bag (so great!) and I’m throwing in ANOTHER full scholarship to The Pilates Body Program.


So today’s full giveaway includes: 

  • 1 Affirmat Yoga/Pilates Mat
  • 1 Best Sellers Mini Kit  + Tote Bag from SW Basics (includes toner, cream, makeup remover, cleanser and TSA-friendly makeup bag. 100% natural and handmade.)
  • A full scholarship to The Pilates Body Program (6 weeks of online Pilates + meal plans + coaching + community support, kicks off June 15th! Click here to learn more.)

breathe in love


  • Share the image that I’ll post this morning to my social media accounts on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook   (also at the top of this post).
  • Tag me, (@thebalancedlife on Instagram, @balanced_life_ on Twitter), @affirmats, @SWbasicsofBK and  #pilatessummerseries.
  • Continue to complete the daily check-ins using the #pilatessummerseries hashtag throughout the week. EVERY post counts as an entry. Post as many times as you’d like!

(note: all of your past entries will continue to count towards this giveaway)

Good luck!

Let’s do some Pilates…

Today we’re sculpting a strong lower body with traditional Pilates mat exercises. You’ll see a few repeat exercises so hopefully you’ll feel stronger and more capable than you did 2 weeks ago. But that doesn’t mean it will be easy. 🙂

Keep your abdominal wall drawing in and up to maintain stability in your trunk as you work through this series.


Today’s Check-In: See giveaway details above. Good luck!



PS – have you picked out any favorites from Athleta yet? I am LIVING in the Aspire Ankle Pants and Inner Twist Hoodie. Next on my list: this super cozy pull-over and this adorable (yet practical) bikini.



Intertwine Tank 2

Aspire Ankle Pants in Flint Grey

disclaimer: these videos were created for individuals in good health. Robin recommends that you speak with your doctor prior to beginning a new exercise routine. By doing this video you do so at your own risk and agree to release Robin Long and The Balanced Life of any and all liability. Clothing generously provided by Athleta.



  1. Victoria B 8 years ago

    I love these leg videos the best! Makes me feel long and lean. 🙂

    I already bought the X’s and O’s pants, they are so cute and I can’t wait to wear them tomorrow! I also took advantage of the Memorial Day sale yesterday and bought a bikini, pull-over, and fast track tank.

  2. Liz S. 8 years ago

    Love those leg circles – they are definitely harder to do than they look, haha. Feeling the burn!

  3. Katie 8 years ago

    Combined this with the weekend workout – holy hips!!! Great workouts! Love the giveaways:)

  4. Ana Ankeny 8 years ago

    Great workout! Love working on my legs…getting ready to rock shorts!

  5. Christina Gathright 8 years ago

    As usual, loved this workout! Always a wonderful way to start my day! Thanks Robin 🙂

  6. Kelly V. 8 years ago

    Just finished day 11 & 12 after taking yesterday off – love having access even while away from home! Did the yoga stretching video Sat & Sun – perfect morning start on our vacation!

  7. Connie 8 years ago

    Hi Robin!

    I was away and couldn’t start you summer series until recently but I am enjoying it so far. I’m on day 5 and just completed Sarah’s yoga video (i’ve been doing her videos for months!) I did the arms yesterday and I am sore today, love that! LOL!!

    Thanks and have a wonderful day


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      Robin Long 8 years ago

      Hi Connie! Welcome to the challenge! So glad you’re joining.:) Nothing wrong with going on your own schedule. Keep me posted on how it all goes!

  8. Cara 8 years ago

    Done! Thank you.

  9. sarah 8 years ago

    I haven’t heard of affirmats until now and I love the idea of them! 🙂

  10. Miray 8 years ago

    I also love the aspire ankle pants! And you inspired me to get the double dare sports bra and the striped fast track tank! Super cute combo! And even better with the sale they had!

  11. Evelia Rushe 8 years ago

    Pilates are a wonderful way to start a day.

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