Pilates Summer Series: Day #6 + Infused Detox Water

Welcome to the second week of the Pilates Summer Series!



Summer is definitely drawing near. It was 80 degrees here over the weekend and absolutely gorgeous. As the weather warms up it’s important to stay hydrated. Increasing your daily water intake is one of the easiest things you can to do improve your health.

We’re blessed with clean, easily accessible drinking water so really there’s no excuse. But don’t be fooled into thinking you have to guzzle plain water day in and day out. Have fun with it!


I’ve been creating infused detox waters over the past few months and I can’t get enough. They’re refreshing, delicious and nice to have on hand when friends stop by. Perfect to keep you cool and healthy as the days get longer and sun get stronger.

My favorite combinations…

Strawberry-Chocolate Mint







How To:

  • Wash and chop fruit and herbs and add to a jar/bottle of cold water with ice..
  • Refrigerate for at least 3 hours prior to drinking to allow flavors and nutrients to diffuse.
  • Iย recommend using organic fruit since you’re essentially bathing the fruit in your drinking water.
  • One batch will last approximately 24 hours. Simply make a new batch with fresh fruit every morning.

Create your own infused detox water based on your personal needs:

To reduce bloating: lemon, lime, cucumber

To promote relaxation: strawberry, sage, basil

To detoxify: lemon, lime, ginger, mint, watermelon, cucumber

To boost metabolism: tangerine, grapefruit

Head to the kitchen and prep a detox water with whatever you have on hand. That way it will be ready for you once you complete today’s workout. ๐Ÿ™‚


We’re back to the abs again today and I think you’ll love it. Today I want you to focus on moving slow, with control and precision. Don’t rush the exercises. Faster and “harder” isn’t always better. Follow my lead and remember to breathe. ๐Ÿ™‚

Today’s Check-In: Show me how you’re hydrating!

Use the #PilatesSummerSeries hashtag and feel free to browse what others are posting for some helpful hydration inspiration.









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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 7 years ago

    This work out was very difficult for me. I struggled with the roll up and the teaser prep. When rolling up in the roll up I could not keep my legs on the floor. And in the teaser prep. I could only roll down an inch or two as if I went too far I couldn’t roll back up. What does that mean? Should I be doing another modification or do I just need to work my lower abs more?

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Pilates can be hard! But don’t worry, you can modify the exercises and eventually you will get there. You will get stronger. It will get easier. Just keep practicing. For the teaser prep, I recommend just holding the V sit until you gain a bit more strength. I also share some modifications for the roll up in this post: https://thebalancedlifeonline.com/pilates/pilates-mat-tips-for-tight-muscles/ Let me know if you have other questions. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

      • Helen 7 years ago

        I was going to ask the same thing about the roll up – thanks for the link to the modification. I shall try it when I get to day 6 again – I’ve just started working through PSS again ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Katie 7 years ago

    Wow! That was challenging! Pretty sure I wasn’t as graceful as you Robin – but I did it!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Nice job Katie! It was a hard one today. ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep it up! xo

  3. Liz S. 7 years ago

    Teasers are my favorite. Excellent, challenging workout to kick off week #2 of the summer series!

  4. sarah 7 years ago

    felt the burn on that one!! Now for some lemon cucumber water! If I had watermelon I would be having lemon melon water with extra ice that is one of my faves!!

  5. Elisha 7 years ago

    This was challenging. My abs are still week from having my second baby 5 months ago. Definitely had to modify some things. Looking forward to having a stronger abs again! Lol

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      It’s a toughie today! Modifying is great, especially after having a baby! Don’t worry, you’re still getting GREAT work out of it even if you modify (in fact it’s often better work than if you just try to power through). Keep it up!

  6. Anne 7 years ago

    Like others I struggled on the roll up and had to cheat a bit Gosh I thought I was fit but this is showing me how weak my core is. Really enjoying been pushed

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      It’s a hard one! I’ve had clients work for months (even years) to perfect the roll up, just keep practicing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. shanetana 7 years ago

    got it done and the best part is I was at work! keep up the good work everyone!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      So impressive! It would have been easy to make excuses but you didn’t. Nice job. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Kelly V. 7 years ago

    Going to have to keep at this one to get it down smoothly – had to stop and watch you, then try, but a great afternoon of core! Nice tips on infused water – a restaurant/grocery in my hometown sells water bottles that you can bring and refill with various infused water combos they offer … I’m eager to try this jalapeรฑo pineapple when I am home next week!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      That’s the beauty of the pause/rewind button! And your infused water sounds SO good!

  9. Robin McKernan 7 years ago

    I am loving the work outs. I combined todays workout with one from last week. I had the same problem as others with my feet raising up. I tried focusing on using my ab muscles and although I still couldn’t keep my legs flat, they weren’t going as high.

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      So great. I love that you’re combining. ๐Ÿ™‚ The roll up will come with time. My advice is to only roll down as far as you can without needing to lift your legs on the way up. Over time you will be able to go further and further and you will master it. Don’t rush the process. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Pam 7 years ago

    Great ab workout!

  11. kristie 7 years ago

    Teaser prep… Ouch!

  12. Juliann Munson 7 years ago

    Day #6 complete and going strong!

  13. Emily 7 years ago

    Challenging, but great and very doable with modification as needed. I’ve noticed my shoulders hurt most with side plank- so I need to work on that form I guess! Thanks!

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Yes, make sure your elbow is far enough out. You need a wide base underneath you. And don’t hesitate to rest your bottom knee to take pressure off of your shoulder as you build strength. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Sarah Rashott 7 years ago

    It is nice to see I wasn’t the only one to struggle with this one ๐Ÿ™‚ I really struggled with the side plank ! To be honest I struggle with any plank but these side ones I almost couldn’t get my body to doโ€ฆIs there a way to modify it ? Nice challenging workout ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Cara 7 years ago

    Nice ab work. I almost forgot to do these today:-(. I got them in before bed time!

  16. Kaytee 7 years ago

    I had a baby 8 weeks ago. I basically have NO abdominal strength right now but I am TRYING! Could not roll up at all without help but I’ve got to start somewhere, right?

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Yes, but don’t hesitate to modify! Take it easy. I’m an instructor and it took me at least 12 weeks to get going again. And even then I’m still recovering! So just do what you can. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Valerie 7 years ago

    I love infused water! It gives so much more variety to life. ๐Ÿ™‚ #PilatesSummerSeries

  18. Wendy Jo 7 years ago

    Ok, maybe a silly question, but what do you use for chocolate in the strawberry chocolate mint combo?? Cacao nibs? cocoa powder? PS great workout, I heart roll ups

    • Robin Long 7 years ago

      Not a silly question at all! I realized I didn’t clarify and wondered if anyone would ask. It’s actually an herb called chocolate mint! It’s pretty amazing. Looks just like regular mint but has a hint of chocolate. I grow it on my patio and it’s great in smoothies ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Debbie 7 years ago

    I tried warm lemon water today . I did not know it is good for bloating.

  20. Gina 7 years ago

    I have a lot of trouble with the side planks. My left one especially! I hate not being able to hold it the whole time.

  21. K Ann Guinn 5 years ago

    I love these flavored water ideas! I’ve wanted to try some, and here’s my motivation!

    I’m assuming that strawberry-chocolate mint is made with “chocolate mint”? I never knew there was such a thing until this week at the farm; in fact, I took a few clippings to try and root my own. Sounds yummy!

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