5 Exercises for a Better Control Balance

Show Me...
Workout Tempo
Observe & Learn
Other Languages

Watch the preview

Control Balance Stepping Off the Reformer is an intricate exercise requiring strength, flexibility, coordination and courage. And then there is the Getting-Back-On part, perhaps even more discombobulating… Join Andrea for 5 exercises you can do in a fully equipped Pilates studio that will make flipping upside down and stepping off as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Read Andrea's blog post that goes with this video tutorial: Pilates Projects: 5 Exercises for a Better Balance Control Off and visit her at her website: Pilates Andrea.

What Others Are Saying


  1. Yasmin95 3 years ago

    Thank you. I especially liked the tower for keeping one leg up. Will keep in mind during my exercise.

    • Andrea Maida Author

      Hey there – thanks for watching and so glad you found the video to be helpful to you 🙂 Keep up the good work!

  2. mouse 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing ….really appreciate ♡+♡=❤²

  3. pilates-powers.de

    Hi Andrea, this was realy great help to see to see the connections. I especialy loved the tip to watch the foot all the time. I also liked the cue in the Tower to keep the feet in the air while you go down. I often cue to concentrate on the way down to lengthen your spine as much as you can on your way down. So you create space between the vertebraes.
    Please keep on doing these kind of videos. Very helpful!

    • Andrea Maida Author

      Reiner! Thanks so much for watching this one – I do love this exercise!! While I often make these kinds of videos/posts for especially problematic exercises (for myself) this one was a labor of love 🙂 I am so glad that you found it to be helpful – and yes when you can continue the reach upward with the lower body on the way down it can be especially delicious…I know it is a strong word, delicious. Cheers to you and your business and I hope one day we can meet in person! xo

  4. pilatesangel 7 years ago

    Andrea, I love your light and humorous approach to what is considered “scary” to some of us Pilates nerds. This was excellent and a much better example of how to prepare yourself for this exercise. My typical experience was if you cannot do it, it is a fear issue….I think knowledge is power in this exercise! Control balance on the mat has always been a nightmare for me too…wobbly mess so I think I found my problem. I have short 2 inch legs (ha) so I feel like a mile to the ground but I like the simple cue of watching my foot in the air the whole time! Thanks for these series on those mysterious exercises!!

    • Andrea Maida Author

      Thank you so much – It’s important to have a good time as you whip yourself into shape, right? You are correct there is always an element of fear to deal with as you roll upside down and over in any of those kinds of exercises. With the more familiar exercises you can talk yourself down from the ledge and demystify…you said it best, knowledge is power!
      Thanks so much for watching and sharing your comments 🙂

  5. lghammerle

    Andrea, thank you for doing this series of exercises for snake and control balance. You do a nice job of demonstrating the exercise, picking it apart through other exercises and then summarizing it again. We get a clear understanding of the components to make the whole. Looking forward to more videos such as this!

    • Andrea Maida Author

      Thank you so much Lauren. I had a fun time making this one – fun to put together the “pieces of the puzzle” of the intricate exercises…thanks for watching and for your encouragement for more of these types of videos…:)

Leave a reply