Alisa’s Mat Mix

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Alisa mixes up this classical mat with challenges that will surprise you in their intensity. It’s a constantly moving class but she slows down several moves to maximize the sculpting benefits—you often feel an exercise far more the next day if you take time to do it well. If you’re at a level where the details of some of the complicated Pilates exercises elude you, you’ll get options for simplifying moves or making them more difficult. Some of Alisa's favorite twists are built into this class, including fun combos like Jacknife/Teaser, Rolling to Stand Up, a different Side Leg Series, plus her fave standing exercise to finish the class.

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  1. Lena_champy 3 years ago

    Nice workout! the variations are great 🙂

  2. amandalv

    Fun and challenging ~ my favorite kind of class! Thanks, Alisa!

  3. Thanks Alisa for this great and challengig class. Interesting and fun variations!

  4. MKB325 6 years ago

    Awesome class as always, Alisa. You remain my Pilates girl crush – I love that you can laugh at yourself when perfect form just doesn’t always work out every single rep. Real Pilates, not show pony Pilates. 🙂

  5. sandra waesche 7 years ago

    I loved how creative you were with the exercises in this series, it really made it more enjoyable, and also it was very challenging for the core. fast paced. will do again!

  6. jodie 8 years ago

    loved this , boomerang always gets me due to my overly tight shoulders. loved the challenge.

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Thanks jodie, Boomerang is the ultimate Pilates exercise to me too–it puts everything together control, flow, strength, stretch–and it’s fun.

  7. pilates 8 years ago

    I loved the transitions and cuing, quite engaging and “fun” (in the Pilates definition of “fun”!) -Elayne

  8. Katie 8 years ago

    I really loved this workout. It was fun,fast and a good challenge. Very enjoyable, great stuff.

  9. soul_eil
    soul_eil 8 years ago

    This was super fun! Thanks Alisa;))

  10. joesmat 8 years ago

    Watched this mat series twice, and then followed you through it. You just get better and better ALISA!
    Can I ask you please, if the exercise you did in the SIDE KICK SERIES, that you described as “lets make a Fish” and lined your body up along the edge of the mat in a straight line,with bottom arm long head resting on it, other arm overhead in parallel, then lift legs; then upper body; then both and balance. Is this called the “FISH” on the mat? It was demonstrated in an earlier video on the equipment and called the FISH.

    I have been doing this exercise for some years, but, never knew where it came from or if it was of Classical origin, and so my next question is where did it come from please?

    Terrific stuff!

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Hi joesmat,
      The Fish exercise is one of those exercises that might have several names. It originally comes from the Wunda Chair so it is a classical exercise although I’m not sure it’s named Fish there. I’ll ask around and see if I can uncover any information for you.

      • joesmat 8 years ago

        That would be most kind Alisa. Sincerely appreciated.

  11. pilatesangel 8 years ago

    Nice challenge for sure! Ab series in reverse was fun! Needed this after holiday toasting….thanks Alisa, you always keep it accurate but moving. Happy New year!

  12. lghammerle

    Great class Alisa! I love to use some challenging combos also when I teach my mat class. And the standing twist to finish is one of my favorites too! It is a nice stretchy, balance challenging way to end the workout.

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