Pilates
12 Days of Pilates: day 8 (inner thighs)

12 Days of Pilates: day 8 (inner thighs)

Hi Beauties! We’re on day 8 of the 12 Days of Pilates challenge. You’re doing so well, so don’t stop now. Today’s workout is all about the inner thighs. We’re going to tone and strengthen the thighs in a way that will build long, lean muscles. No bulk here. You’ll feel the burn but in...
12 Days of Pilates: day 7 (upper body)

12 Days of Pilates: day 7 (upper body)

Can you believe Christmas is less than a week away? We’re traveling next week so I’m busy packing and making 100 different lists. Traveling with a baby requires so much gear! It’s hard to keep it all straight. At least we’re driving instead of flying this time which allows more room for last minute items. If you have...
12 Days of Pilates: Day 6 (stretch & relax)

12 Days of Pilates: Day 6 (stretch & relax)

Welcome to day 6 of 12 Days of Pilates! After 5 days of hard work, I think it’s time for a break don’t you? This stretch & relax video from 28 Days of Pilates is a great way to slow down, relieve stress and soothe sore muscles. Feel free to come back to it again...
12 Days of Pilates: Day 5 (abs)

12 Days of Pilates: Day 5 (abs)

2 ab workouts back to back?! Oh yes I did. Apparently ab workouts are your favorite workouts because they get the most views on YouTube. So I’m going with it. This workout is from #mindbodymat and will surely leave you feeling strong…and maybe a little sore. :) Get it done and let me know how it...
12 Days of Pilates: day 4 (abs)

12 Days of Pilates: day 4 (abs)

How are you doing with your workouts so far? It’s amazing how just 5-10 minutes of Pilates per day can impact the way you feel isn’t it? Keep up the great work because we’re just getting started. :) Today’s workout is from my original free challenge, 28 Days of Pilates. I was about 7 months postpartum in these...
12 Days of Pilates: Day 3 (booty burn)

12 Days of Pilates: Day 3 (booty burn)

Today we’re keeping with the beach theme but taking our focus to that beach booty of yours. I know, it’s the middle of winter. We’re all very grateful right now that a “bikini body” isn’t on our radar. But keep in mind, it’s a lot easier to maintain a strong, healthy body than it is to start all...
12 Days of Pilates: Day 2 (legs)

12 Days of Pilates: Day 2 (legs)

Welcome to day 2 of 12 Days of Pilates! Today we’re focusing on the lower body. This was another popular workout int the Pilates Summer Series I did with Athleta. It’s great for toning, strengthening and sculpting the lower body. Fun fact: while filming this video at 6:00am my daughter was set up in a pack’n’play behind the camera. A...
12 Days Of Pilates: Day 1 (abs)

12 Days Of Pilates: Day 1 (abs)

Let’s kick this thing off shall we? The first workout in the 12 Days Of Pilates challenge is from the Pilates Summer Series. Enjoy this little trip to the beach in the middle of December. And of course, enjoy the ab work… :) If you want me to send you an email each day to...
12 Days of Pilates - FREE CHALLENGE!

12 Days of Pilates – FREE CHALLENGE!

Hi Beauties! First, I have to say congratulations to the incredible group of women that are completing Pilates 4×4 this week. I am SO proud of you! You have done an incredible job and it has been so much fun working out with you each week. :) Because I never want to leave you hanging without...
Top 5 Posts of 2014:  Foam Roller Exercises

Top 5 Posts of 2014: Foam Roller Exercises

The #4 most popular post of 2014 is a favorite of mine. You know I love the foam roller and could go on and on about why my love runs deep. But for now, let’s dive into this post that demonstrates foam roller stretches you can do to ease tension in your upper back. 5 Foam...
Top 5 Posts Of 2014: pilates before & after photos

Top 5 Posts Of 2014: pilates before & after photos

Hi Beauties, As we head into the final month of the year I’ll be recapping the top 5 posts of 2014. This has been an incredible year for The Balanced Life, all thanks to YOU and your continued support. Readership has gone up by 659% percent since 2012, which means we are spreading the message of...
Pilates 4x4 starts today!

Pilates 4×4 starts today!

Pilates 4×4 kicks off today! Have you snagged your spot yet? I know you’re busy. I know it’s hard to make time for workouts, especially during the holidays. I also know it’s hard to spend money on yourself sometimes. I know because I’m right there with you. But if you’re hoping to avoid holiday weight gain...