Pilates Summer Series: Day #2 + a GIVEAWAY!


One day down and many more to go. πŸ™‚

To help you start strong and stay motivated this week I figured why not announce the first big giveaway?

As you know, Athleta provided all of the outfits that you’ll see me wearing throughout the program. I’ve always liked Athleta, but after wearing their clothes for the past 2 months I’m a fan for life. They are my #1.


The quality is unparalleled and I really mean that. The pieces are comfortable, breathable and fashionable.

I firmly believe that quality workout clothes are well-worth the investment. Cute outfits are much more motivating than baggy old sweats and when your clothes fit well you feel more confident. Which is what it’s all about right?

So to up your motivation AND your confidenceΒ we’re giving away a $150.00 gift card to Athleta to one lucky lady!

How great would it be to spruce up your wardrobe with some new pieces for summer? (they have swimwear too!)


How To Enter:

  • Re-post the Athleta giveaway photo (above) to your account. (you’ll see it on my Instagram, Facebook & Twitter feed). Use the hashtag #PilatesSummerSeries and tag both @thebalancedlife and @athleta so that we can count your entries.
  • For additional entries participate in the daily check-in’s at the end of every workout. EVERY post using the hashtag #PilatesSummerSeries will be counted as 1 entry. Post as many times as you’d like!
  • NOTE: if your profile is private we will NOT be able to see your entries. Leave a comment with your account name so that I can send a follow request to view your photos. πŸ™‚
  • Entry period will end on Sunday, May 18th. The winner will be announced on Monday, May 19th.

Good luck!

Now, on to today’s workout…

This series is designed to tone and strengthen your lower body. Short shorts, short skirts, summer hikes, long runs…regardless of your motivation this workout will bring results.


Today’s Check-In: see giveaway details above. πŸ™‚

See you all tomorrow!


PS: Just joining us? Welcome! Take 7 minutes to complete Day #1 and you’ll be all caught up!






Shiva Tank 3 in White

Double Dare Bra in Coral Sunset

X’s & O’s Capri in Flint (on sale!)

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. Liz S. 7 years ago

    Really felt my inner thighs, calves, and quads on this one – another excellent workout!

    Happy Tuesday!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      I’m so glad to have your enthusiasm and positivity back Liz! xo

  2. Katie 7 years ago

    Great workout -I felt the burn! I love the giveaway today! I’m dgkt99 on instagram! Thanks Robin!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Hi Katie! Glad you enjoyed it. Just sent a follow request πŸ™‚

  3. Kris 7 years ago

    Awesome! Looking forward to tomorrow’s workout

  4. Madison 7 years ago

    I entered! My name is Madison Mayberry Hofmeyer on Facebook (Espresso and Cream), MadisonHofmeyer on Twitter and MadisonMHofmeyer on Instagram.

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Already following you.Because I LOVE Espresso & Cream. Glad you entered! πŸ™‚

  5. Helen 7 years ago

    Liked this one – can’t wait for tomorrow!

  6. Margaret Jones 7 years ago

    #PilatesSummerSeries Excellent workout! Felt the burn, no doubt!

  7. Danielle Hardesty 7 years ago

    I’m mrsdhardesty on Instagram.
    Danielle Hardesty On Facebook ( I sent you a pm during sign up so you can find me that way.)

  8. Cassie Kelly 7 years ago

    I entered!! Really loving this series so far! I am Cassie62913699 on Twitter and Cassie Kelly on Facebook! Looking forward to the rest of the series!

  9. Lei D. 7 years ago

    7 minutes to an awesome leg burn?! Who knew?!

  10. Lucy MIller 7 years ago

    loupey73 on Instagram

  11. Linda 7 years ago

    Finished Day 2! I’m sweating!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Great job Linda! Keep up the great work πŸ™‚

  12. Becca 7 years ago

    Great workout!

  13. Sarah Kuiper 7 years ago

    I entered! @slallen317 on twitter, skuiper317 on instagram, and Sarah Kuiper (Allen) on Facebook!

  14. Elisha 7 years ago

    Day 2 DONE! And boy did that burn!!! I’m still feeling it an hour later and my back is sore from yesterday’s workout. Thanks for the challenge!

  15. Christina Gathright 7 years ago

    Loved this one! Question about the giveaway, can we still enter if we only have Facebook and Instagram?

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Or Twitter. πŸ™‚ But yes, it’s a social media based giveaway. xo

  16. Janine 7 years ago

    Loving these quick but effective workouts! I’m so excited for the rest! I’m Janine Raban on Facebook and Instagram. I posted πŸ™‚

  17. Sarah Rashott 7 years ago

    My hubby wants to do the workout with me so I am waiting until tonight to do it :-)I’m Sarah Rashott on Facebook and sar_e_i on instagram ! Yesterday’s workout was awesome can’t wait to do todays !

  18. Sarah Rashott 7 years ago

    I posted the pic on instagram and facebook….I hope that was ok πŸ™‚

  19. Nicola 7 years ago

    This was such a nice (yet challenging!) break from dissertation research πŸ™‚ I like how you included a couple of short stretches, because stretching is definitely the part of my fitness routine that always falls by the wayside. I know my legs need *way* more stretching than that, but a little is better than nothing, right? πŸ™‚

  20. Tori Hein 7 years ago

    Great workout! I’ll make a post and hope too see my name as the winner! Where will the winner be announced? On instagram?

  21. Tori Hein 7 years ago

    Great workout! i’ll post about it today! Where will the winner be announced? On social media?

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Hi Tori! It will be announced on the blog, twitter, Facebook and instagram. πŸ™‚

  22. Tori Hein 7 years ago

    opps… thought the first comment didn’t pose! oh well! πŸ™‚

  23. Emily 7 years ago

    Doing workout #2 tonight! Workout #1 was a tough one, and proved that after three babies (last one a c-section) that I have minimal ab muscles anymore! Sticking with this to change that- thanks so much! Posted on Instagram, @ekdittma

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      So glad you’re joining! And that was hard workout so don’t be discouraged. Hang in there! πŸ™‚

  24. Cara 7 years ago

    Great workout for the legs. #PilatesSummerSeries.

    Do you use that hashtag post if you are only on FB?

    Where do you enter on FB for the contest?

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Hi Cara – great question! You use the hashtag on Facebook, instagram or twitter. That way when you are on one of those social media platforms you can click on the hashtag and it will bring up everyone who is posting and using that hashtag. It’s a way to build community so that you can see what others are doing and help cheer them on. πŸ™‚ If you want to enter on Facebook you can simply post a status and use the hashtag #PilatesSummerSeries.

      • Cara 7 years ago

        Thanks Robin. Not only are you teaching me about Pilates and nutrition, you are also teaching me about social media and how to use it properly. You are like one stop shopping!

  25. Beth 7 years ago

    Loving this! Definitely felt the burn in my legs! Twitter @BethmBeasley can’t wait for day 3!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      So happy to hear that! And just requested to follow you πŸ™‚

  26. Kelly V. 7 years ago

    Going to do this as soon as I get home from work. My Instagram name: kellyvdv and I am Kelly van der Vaart on Fb. Thanks so much for taking the time to figure out a way around the private accounts!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      You’re welcome! I just sent a follow request πŸ™‚

  27. Tash 7 years ago

    Please follow healthray212 on instagram! Thanks.

  28. Annie 7 years ago

    i’m einna33 on instagram and annie jensen engelman on facebook. thanks! enjoying the workouts so far:). thanks!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Just requested to follow you. Glad you’re enjoying them! πŸ™‚

  29. Laura Kelley 7 years ago

    Not sure if I retweeted correct but I tried! Day 2 done. Loving this. Thank you so much Robin

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      You are welcome! Thank YOU for joining me πŸ™‚

  30. Tara 7 years ago

    This was tough! Love it!

  31. Cathy 7 years ago

    That was a great workout! They are the perfect length to squeeze in while the kiddos are napping1

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      That’s my hope Cathy! Mine is napping right now and I’m attempting work + emails + a quick workout. Wish me luck! πŸ™‚

  32. Alexandra 7 years ago

    WOW! great workout – my legs are jello now! lol! Thank you and can’t wait for tomorrow’s workout!

  33. Ashlee 7 years ago

    Loving this! Found you on Facebook, Insta, and Twitter. I’m GrowingUpThomas on IG and Twitter and Ashlee Thomas on FB. Followed and posted!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Awesome! Found you and glad you’re joining in! πŸ™‚ xo

  34. Anne 7 years ago

    I think I did it! I’m acotellessa13 on instagram, Anne Cotellessa on FB and @acotellessa on twitter. Enjoying this series, it’s a great addition to my yoga and cycling!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      I found you and you did it! πŸ™‚ I’m glad you’re joining in. Perfect to add to your usual routine!

  35. Amy Jacobsen 7 years ago

    Great workout! I’m Amy Cunanan Jacobsen on FB. Happy Tuesday πŸ™‚

  36. Jennifer 7 years ago

    Really love the series…thank you so much for doing this! I entered the series on twitter, facebook and instagram. My accounts are private so you can follow me at bradysmom1212 on both twitter and instagram, and my facebook name is Jennifermariesteele.

    • Jennifer 7 years ago

      I entered the giveaway**** not series…sorry for the typo! Hope you are having a fantastic day! =)

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Awesome! Found you πŸ™‚

  37. k8 7 years ago

    was discouraged after first workout – i completely forgot how out of shape I am! Today was much more successful. I know it gets better over time. Thanks so much!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      It will get better and better. Keep at it. πŸ™‚

  38. Taylor 7 years ago

    @piyowassup on insta and @ann__taylor on twitter!!!

  39. Erica 7 years ago

    Hi Robin! Day 2 done! I’m erica80leigh on Instagram and Erica Newman on Facebook.

  40. sarah 7 years ago

    Day two #PilatesSummerSeries complete!!and my boyfriend got a good laugh at my awesome squats πŸ˜€

  41. Ave 7 years ago

    Loving the workouts!! So easy to fit in my very busy schedule! Thanks πŸ™‚

  42. Amanda 7 years ago

    Awesome work out!!! Can’t wait for tomorrow’s!!!

  43. Laila 7 years ago

    Yay! Kids in bed and workout done!

  44. Aly 7 years ago

    Ah! My quads. Those “little pulses” are harder than they look!! Feeling strong πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  45. Lauren 7 years ago

    That was great, thanks for putting this together! I love that you had your baby with you while you filmed it, it is a great attitude to try to fit in health/fitness wherever you can! πŸ™‚ I’m Lauren Elizabeth on Facebook, I’m going to post now. I’m looking forward to the next videos!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Thanks Lauren! Yes, I pretty much bring my baby with me everywhere these days! She’s my little sidekick πŸ™‚

  46. Lindsay 7 years ago

    I’m on Instagram under lbenhammou. Thanks for putting this together. I really like doing these workouts and feel like they have made a huge difference for my post baby body.

  47. Anne Macleod 7 years ago

    Thank you now ready for day 3

  48. […] – Just joining us? It’s easy to catch up! Simply go back and complete Day #1 and Day #2 and you’ll be good to go. […]

  49. Urban Wife 7 years ago

    This was a great workout! I especially loved/didn’t love πŸ˜‰ the leg pulses.
    @urbanwife on insta and @urbanwife08 on twitter

  50. Alison 7 years ago

    Hi! I’m in and have been doing this the past two days. About to do workout number three right now. Please follow me on instagram at a_nicholas to see my entries since my profile is private. Just had a baby 10 weeks ago so these videos have been great since they are short. Thanks so much!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Congratulations! Glad these are helping you. Just found you on Instagram!

  51. Amy 7 years ago

    Love this. Love all of it. Just getting started tonight and very excited!
    mrswills2 on Instagram. Let’s do this ladies!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      So glad you’re enjoying it!
      Just found you on Insta. πŸ™‚

  52. Catie 7 years ago

    I am loving this series! I fell off the bandwagon with the February videos but now that my little guy is 5 months, I am ready to get back into shape! Thanks for all of your encouragement, especially to new mamas! My instagram is theceeboss to see my entry for the Athleta giveaway!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      I’m glad you’re back! And I just found you on Instagram πŸ™‚

  53. Kristina 7 years ago

    Please follow me on IG @mividak so that you can see my entries for the athleta giveaway. Thanks!!!

  54. Becky 7 years ago

    Hi robin! I posted the pic to my Instagram account BarefootBecca27
    My account is private. I’m having so much fun doing these workouts!!

  55. Danielle 7 years ago

    Hey Robin! My account name on IG is dnyelmrie!
    Love these series, and LOVE athleta!!!

  56. Danielle 7 years ago

    Hey Robin! I might have already commented, but my computer did something a little funny! Anyway, love your series, and follow on IG, FB and Twitter! Also, my IG is private, but I reposted! You can find me under @dnyelmrie! Thanks for these awesome series…and sorry if I am double commenting!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Hi! I just found you. So glad you’re enjoying the series! πŸ™‚ xo

  57. Emily B 7 years ago

    Hey Robin, do we have to follow on all three social media sites to enter? I know I’m a little behind the times but I don’t have Twitter.

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Hi Emily! You don’t need all 3. Any of them count! πŸ™‚

  58. Laura 7 years ago

    This is my favorite day so far! I keep coming back to do it again and again. Thanks so much, Robin!

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