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“If you have been looking for an advanced Pilates mat workout that goes straight through the classical repertoire at tempo, with no stops, this video is for you.” – Marguerite Ogle, Be ready to work hard—you’ll complete the entire mat series, plus Alisa's favorite Reformer-on-the-Mat exercises in an action-packed 43 minutes. This bestselling workout was shot in April 2009 in an empty NYC apartment. As the first attempt Alisa and Jack made toward recording classical Pilates workouts, it represents the birth of Pilatesology. No longer available as a dvd, you can only find this workout here on

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  1. 5 months ago

    This is such a great workout. Is one of my favorites, it looks like is “just” and advance mat, but it is so much more and Alisa throws in a few variations that really challenge the workout! Alisa, your form is impeccable!

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Thanks so much! That is a super hard workout! I remember I slept really great that night, haha!

  2. pjennings 2 years ago

    Love that you include “Star”, “Snake & Twist” & others on the mat. So helpful to do them on the mat before the reformer and yet most mat classes don’t include them. And your voice is so in sync with your movement! Awesome Alisa….then and now!

  3. TracyWCorvo 2 years ago

    Well that was humbling. 🙂 something to works towards. Dragging my Mat practice into the advanced flow. You’re a machine!

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      You’re not alone Tracy, I bet I’d be wiped out if I did that class today! It’s one of those workouts that only feels possible when you’re working out hard on a regular basis.

  4. Lena_champy 3 years ago

    What an excellent workout! Quite challenging but enjoyable! perfect!
    My only question is that my left wrist hurt a little. Is there a way to protect the wrist as it is often used?
    I live in Paris but will try to come visit you in april 🙂

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Hi Lena_champy, Thanks for doing this crazy hard workout with me! I’m not surprised that you were sore somewhere afterwards, this is very advanced but sore wrists are a drag. One suggestion is to make sure that your mat isn’t too soft so that you’re not overbending–or just get off of it if you find that your wrists sink down into it and do the parts where you’re supporting your weight on the floor. If that’s not the issue then I bet you’ll find as you practice regularly the soreness will not happen because your body will be stronger and will lift you out of your wrists.

  5. meeghanwhite 8 years ago

    fantastic workout! I only get to take Alisa’s classes at conferences, so it is great to have her in my home now!

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Please come and introduce yourself to me next time we are at a conference together! Anyone who can make it through this killer workout (I had to pause the tape twice when we filmed it) gets a hug.

      • mirandabass 7 years ago

        How refreshing to go through with such flow and to keep to the original mat. Glad to hear you had to pause a bit! Loved the version of the Star with the foot down, lovely stretch.
        Thank you Alisa!

  6. Miana 8 years ago

    Fantastic workout. After a long day revitalized to start anew! I have done your beginners class, intermediate and advanced and you made an addicted pilates women out of me. In a good way of course. Thank you for giving me a great way to stay fresh, flexible, back-pain free and to enjoy a daily routine.

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Ah it’s wonderful to see you here! Thank you for sharing your obsession, all of us who love Pilates love hearing when someone else gets ‘addicted!’

  7. lainey48 8 years ago

    Great workout especially the last quarter of the workout. Put it into my favorites- Thanks Alisa!
    Would love to have a workout for better posture.

  8. lghammerle

    Hi Alisa! This DVD of yours (and Kathi Ross-Nash’s DVD) are my favorite DVDs to play! I know I will get an amazing and challenging workout with them 🙂

  9. joesmat 8 years ago

    This is a wonderful piece of work displaying great skill and effort.Bought this as a DVD when it first became available and still use it.

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