20 min Advanced Pilates Mat w/ Sandy Shimoda

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In this fun workout Sandy begins by taking you through the mat sequence quickly, describing how to flow through each transition. You’ll learn by moving through them with her and then repeating the same series with just 1 repetition of each move to keep the lesson in your muscle memory. Filmed at Vintage Pilates.

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  1. Karen Eccles 5 years ago

    This was so much fun and a great way to feel your way through the transitions as you keep moving, loved it! Thank you Sandy x

  2. Sandy Shimoda Author

    Hi Pilates Gal – Jay has been working on bringing the boomerang back to the way he remembers learning it from Joe in his studio. The idea is that the boomerang should move and never stop throughout its execution. In my body, I work to keep that boomerang shape throughout the exercise, which is a huge challenge. After I shot this video, we have also worked on lowering the legs with control WHILE pumping the arms behind our backs three times – it takes incredible control but I love it! Give it a try…

  3. susan h lawrence
    susan h lawrence 6 years ago

    Super lively with paced flow. Feels like being HOME again at the fab Vintage Pilates studio!

  4. pilates 6 years ago

    Great, I’m short for time tomorrow & will try this one. Have done Alicia’s 1 rep in the past as well, thanks for including these types of classes.

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Oh wow, I am sorry it took me so long to respond. By now you have tried this one rep mat…hope it felt great!

  5. joesmat 6 years ago

    Great to follow Sandy working the MAT with her two lady friends.They must have practiced this to keep it all together ……..don’t you reckon!
    Inspiring –
    1. Minimum of words – just do it.
    2. Thanks for sharing the transition from Boomerang to Seal as passed along from Jay.Magic.
    3. The BEST Instructors do the Mat to teach it! Just like Mr Pilates did.

    .Yoga Mats don’t belong in Pilates in my humble existence. Too thin and it puts people off with nipping and bruising the spine.So often seen in group mat classes. Jay Grimes always explains at all the workshops I have had the privilege to attend, to get yourself a proper mat.Like the Mat Sandy worked on.It makes a huge difference to ones confidence and progress.
    5.More of the MAT with Sandy doing her stuff.
    Great work Ladies.

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Thanks Colin – for your input and sharing your personal experience with mat work. To be honest, we did not practice together at all. The entire video was done in one take without rehearsal. Just goes to show you that if you know this work, you can make small adjustments on the fly, and maintain great technique and flow. I felt uplifted in the company of Suzanne and Kim!

  6. pilatesgal50 6 years ago

    Liked that Boomerang variation. I have never seen it. Can you explain a bit more the whys and whens of using it. Thanks.

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