Endurance and Stamina Wunda

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In this workout, Andrea teaches with an emphasis on minimizing extra movement in the transitions and in the exercises themselves to create endurance and stamina. Her student Gail is the picture of Pilates grace and control and her own beautiful form is something to emulate! You’ll follow the most commonly used classical Wunda Chair order with a few variations and all of the fun and specific ways to get in and out of the exercises. By the end, you’ll have achieved an deeply strengthening full body workout. Filmed at Pilates Andrea, Solana Beach, CA.

What Others Are Saying


  1. Jennifer Allen

    Oooooh so fantastic! Thank you, Andrea!

    • Andrea Maida Author

      Thanks so much Jennifer – so glad you enjoyed it – thank you for watching and keep up the good work 🙂

  2. rshall 7 years ago

    This was a bit slow for advanced. I’d call it a great intermediate workout. Thanks!

    • Andrea Maida Author
      Andrea Maida 7 years ago

      You are welcome! Thanks for watching 🙂

  3. soul_eil

    Well Ms Andrea, this class was great! I’m sure doing it with you and Gail is not the same as doing a class in person, so I’m checking my calendar to see when I can get to you! Love the chair, and this now a go-to class 😉

    • Andrea Maida Author
      Andrea Maida 8 years ago

      Sunni!! Thank you so much – I feel like I know you already and of course I would love to see you outside the virtual world 🙂 And I agree, the Wunda Chair rocks!

  4. tracy 8 years ago

    All the comments are so true, but one quick question about the ‘up’ arm on several of the exercises. Is her arm deliberately away from the head or is that the way all your clients would do these?

    • Andrea Maida Author
      Andrea Maida 8 years ago

      Good question. I believe you are referring to the arm that is reaching up on, for example, the Mermaid Kneeling? Gail is working on getting more flexibility in her shoulders without hiking them up to her ears when the arm is up. Sometimes it is helpful for her to let the shoulder be as relaxed as it can be by not gluing that straight arm to the side of her head, so it ends up being a little bit bent and away from her head as you observe in this video. As she gets more and more connected to her back – especially on the right side – she will be able to straighten the arm without cranking her shoulder up. I focus more on her stomach and back connection so she builds even more strength that will put that shoulder at ease 🙂 But you are correct, ideally the arm should be reaching straight up.

  5. HighBridge 8 years ago

    Wonderful class, and such a great teaching style – extremely pleasant and inspiring. Thank you!

    • Andrea Maida Author
      Andrea Maida 8 years ago

      Thank you so much for your kind words. And I so love that your screen name is HighBridge!
      That is perfect. I love that exercise…wherever it is done in the studio…

  6. Ynowak 8 years ago

    Gail, beautiful form all throughout! I really liked the attention to transitions in this class.

    • Andrea Maida Author
      Andrea Maida 8 years ago

      Thanks Ynowak, I am so glad you liked the class. Transitions are so fun, and an extra challenge for your control and stamina 🙂 I think they feel so elegant and fancy, LOL.

  7. arlene
    arlene 8 years ago

    Now that is a healthy spine!! Gail, what a strong practice, very inspiring. Andrea, superb teaching!

    • Andrea Maida Author
      Andrea Maida 8 years ago

      Thank you so much arlene. Yes, Gail is very strong and serious about her Pilates. And she especially loves the Wunda Chair!

  8. Andrea, You’re such a natural, so pleasant to listen to! Your instruction is so clear with a cheerful personality! I want to run right over for a session 🙂

    • Andrea Maida Author
      Andrea Maida 8 years ago

      OMG Judy! Thank you!! You have made my day 🙂 misty weepy smiley eyes that I am now… And oooh what fun we could have in your session, yes indeedy.

  9. lghammerle

    Thank you for doing the frogs on the chair facing in and out. It was great to see!

    • Andrea Maida Author
      Andrea Maida 8 years ago

      You are so welcome lghammerle – thank you for watching and sharing your thoughts 🙂

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