Matwork Inspiration

Matwork Inspiration

These videos are designed to give you new inspiration and ideas for your Matwork classes and workouts. Some classes use small props such as balls and bands to add challenge, feedback and support where needed.

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Matwork Inspiration
  • Shorter Workouts: Balanced Shorts - Workout 7 with Lynne & Sarah Clennell

    Number 7 in their series of short, balanced workouts...and in this class, Lynne and Sarah start with working on joint and spinal mobility in a standing position before challenging strength and control on the mat.

    Lynne is co-founder and director of Body Control Pilates Education (for whom sh...

  • The Essentials Collection: Workout 9 with Rachel Bish

    This balanced Matwork class is made up of the following exercises:

    Shoulder Drops
    Chicken Wings
    Knee Folds
    Ankle Circles
    Spine Curls
    Curl Ups
    The Hundred - Stage 3
    Arm Openings
    Side Lying Circles
    Cobra Prep
    Rest Position
    Threading a Needle
    Pelvic Rock Backs
    Tennis Ball Rises
    Side Reach
    Standi...

  • Masterclass: Sequencing for Success - The Leg Pull Front with Elizabeth Larkam

    In the first of her 'Sequencing for Success' masterclasses for Body Control Pilates Central, Elizabeth looks at the Classical Pilates exercise 'The Leg Pull - Front' (also knows as the 'Front Plank') and suggests how you can best prepare your body for performing this exercise.

    With thanks to ...

  • Shorter Workouts: Balanced Shorts - Workout 6 with Lynne & Sarah

    This 6th instalment in Lynne and Sarah's series of Balanced Short Workouts starts with a selection of exercises in a seated position before moving onto the mat.

    Lynne is co-founder and director of Body Control Pilates Education (for whom she lectures on training courses for new teachers and ...

  • Longer Workouts: Flowing Mat Class with Georgina Sayer

    This dynamic Matwork class with Georgie is all about flow...there's no stopping or breaks so be prepared to work hard and keep moving! This class will work your balance, strength and co-ordination.

    With thanks to Lynda Trent-Lander

    Georgina discovered Pilates 13 years ago. She fell in ...

  • The Essentials Collection: Workout 7 with Rachel Bish

    This balanced Matwork class is made up of the following exercises:

    Pilates Squats
    Side Reach
    Starfish
    Neck Rolls
    Spine Curls with Arm Raises
    Curl Ups
    Hip Rolls
    Double Leg Stretch Stage 1
    Oyster
    Cobra Prep
    Star 2
    Four Point Kneeling - Tail Tucks
    Spine Stretch Forward
    Waist Twists

    With thanks ...

  • Masterclass: Connecting the Front & Back with Kathy King

    This flowing Matwork masterclass with Kathy looks at exercises which will help to connect the front and back lines of the body through a range of start positions.

    With thanks to Alex Tinney. Heidi Monsen & Sylwia Foryss

    Kathy is a London-based Body Control Pilates teacher. She is a membe...

  • Masterclass: Strengthening the Spine with Michael Fritzke & Ton Voogt

    This masterclass with Michael and Ton looks at exercises and sequences which are designed for strengthening the muscles around the spine by working through all planes of movement.

    With thanks to Hannah Garcia & Nadia Dahlawi

    Michael and Ton are internationally recognised Pilates Master T...

  • Shorter Workouts: Balanced Shorts - Workout 5 with Lynne & Sarah

    In the fifth of their Short Workouts, Lynne and Sarah start with a series of Standing exercises before moving onto the mat. Variations are given for each exercise to add just the right amount of challenge depending on ability.

    Lynne is co-founder and director of Body Control Pilates Educatio...

  • The Essentials Collection: Workout 6 with Rachel Bish

    This balanced Matwork class is made up of the following exercises:

    Relaxation Position
    Arm Circles
    Knee Rolls
    Single Leg Stretch Prep
    Spine Curls with Inner Thigh Squeeze
    Oblique Curl Ups
    Single Leg Stretch - Stage 1
    Bow and Arrow
    Side Lying Lift & Lower
    Diamond Press
    Rest Position
    Rocking
    Tabl...

  • The Essentials Collection: Workout 5 with Kate Hodder

    This balanced Matwork class is made up of the following exercises:

    Standing Arm Circles in Pilates Stance
    Side Reach
    Dumb Waiter
    Relaxation Position
    Knee Circles
    Spine Curls with Arm Raises
    Curl Ups
    Single Leg Stretch Stage 2
    The Hundred Stage 3
    Arm Openings
    Side Lying Legs - Front ...

  • Masterclass: An Analysis of Roll Ups & Roll Overs - Part 2 (The Roll Over)

    This 'Part 2' masterclass with Miranda focuses on the 'Roll Over' and follows on from Part 1 which looks at the 'Roll Up'.

    The 'Roll Over' is a more advanced exercise and Miranda addresses why it is that some clients can roll up and not roll over, whilst others can roll over and not roll up!
    ...

  • Masterclass: An Analysis of Roll Ups & Roll Overs - Part 1 (The Roll Up)

    Mastering the 'Roll Up' is essential in order to be able to perform much of the Classical Pilates repertoire. In turn, the correct sequential recruitment the exercise promotes is key to achieving your full movement potential and to maintaining a healthy, strong and flexible body.

    In this detai...

  • Masterclass: Upper Body Strengthener with Cara Reeser

    This intermediate-level Matwork Masterclass with Cara places an emphasis on shoulder girdle strength and control, in order to prepare our bodies for weight-bearing work and exercises.

    Equipment needed for the class: yoga blocks and a stretch/resistance band.

    With thanks to Chiara Favarett...

  • Shorter Workouts: Balanced Shorts - Workout 4 with Lynne & Sarah

    In the fourth in their series of Short Workouts, Lynne and Sarah bring you another fun, balanced class, incorporating Standing, Kneeling and Sitting and with a great focus on abdominal strength!

    Lynne is co-founder and director of Body Control Pilates Education (for whom she lectures on trai...

  • The Essentials Collection: Workout 4 with Kathy King

    This balanced Matwork class includes the following exercises:

    Sliding down a Wall
    Roll-downs against the Wall
    Seated Side Reach
    Spine Stretch Forward
    Backstroke Arms
    Double Knee Folds
    Curl Ups with Arms
    Single Leg Stretch Stage 3
    Hip Rolls (feet up)
    The Hundred Stage 4
    Side-lying Leg...

  • The Essentials Collection: Workout 3 with Kate Hodder

    This balanced Matwork class is made up of the following exercises:

    Relaxation Position
    Ribcage Closure
    Neck Rolls & Chin Tucks
    Pelvic Clocks
    Spine Curls with Inner Thigh Squeeze
    Curl Up
    Climb a Tree Prep
    Hip Rolls Feet Up
    Double Leg Stretch Stage 2
    Single Leg Kick Prep
    Four Point K...

  • Masterclass: Some of the Extensions with Katherine Pentecost

    This masterclass is drawn from Katherine's popular ‘All The Extensions’ workshop and explores variations for better spinal and hip extension in a range of positions. Katherine also provides some new ideas for cueing, which include her famous Zombie move!

    Thanks to Harriet Heath & Jo Hatherley...

  • Masterclass: Strong & Supple Shoulders with Michael Fritzke & Ton Voogt

    This flowing masterclass with Michael & Ton focuses on shoulder strength and mobility and gives you plenty of new ideas and exercises to add to your own workout routine and classes.

    With thanks to Hannah Garcia & Nadia Dahlawi

    Michael and Ton are internationally recognised Pilates Master ...

  • Shorter Workouts: Balanced Shorts - Workout 3 with Lynne & Sarah

    In the third in their series of Short Workouts, Lynne and Sarah bring you another short balanced class, perfect to do daily to help build up your strength, control and flexibility!

    Lynne is co-founder and director of Body Control Pilates Education (for whom she lectures on training courses f...

  • Longer Workouts: Wake Up! (It's a Beautiful Morning) with Rachel Bish

    Wake up with Rachel! This gentle, 30 minute warm-up class has been designed to do first thing in the morning, to help get your joints moving and to prepare your mind and body for the day ahead. Any day which starts with Pilates is a good day!

    With thanks to Carole LeBlonde and Sylwia Foryss....

  • The Essentials Collection: Workout 2 with Kathy King

    This balanced Matwork class includes the following exercises:

    Relaxation Position
    Knee Drops
    Windmill Arms
    Spine Curls
    Toe Taps
    Oblique Curls
    Double Leg Stretch Stage 3
    Side lying - lift & lower
    Bow and Arrow
    Dart
    Rocking
    Pelvic rock backs
    Rolling like a Ball
    Standing Back Bend
    Side Reach
    Tenn...

  • The Essentials Collection: Workout 1 with Kate Hodder

    This balanced Matwork class is made up of the following exercises:

    Relaxation Position
    Neck Rolls
    Chin Tucks
    Chicken Wings
    Spine Curls with Arms
    Curl Ups with Arms
    Single Leg Stretch Stage 3
    The Hundred Stage 3
    Chalk Circles
    Side Lying Circles
    Cobra
    Prone Circles
    Cat
    Leg Pull Fro...

  • Masterclass: Lateral Hips – Mat Masterclass with Cara Reeser

    This intermediate-level mat masterclass with Cara focuses on developing the strength and dynamic stability of our lateral hips, or 'side hips', which in turn help to support our lower back. This class incorporates new ideas and variations, as well as traditional Pilates Mat repertoire.

    Equipm...