The Frog: What have you done for me lately?

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The Frog is one of the most important exercises in the Pilates system because it builds a fundamental skill. Discover what this skill is and how it morphs into more complex movement as you gain control. Visit Andrea at her website & blog: Pilates Andrea.

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  1. Luz Alejandra Lovern

    Thanks Andrea, always is a pleasure to see you in action! the frogs is such amazing exercise and we can do any time; is a fundamental exercise that helping us to get more centered and feel that our lower limbs coming from the back! as we said.

    Samantha she demonstrate very well and and really like it “became a frog machine’ yeah is a lot of work; concentration in order to keep lifting and working with gravity of the equipment that we choose at the time. I like at the Reformer very much. For me 80′ Reformer changed my life; that what I have now. And my frog look more clear and precise; also I am thinking that frogs are everywhere in the Pilates Method. Mat Work, Cadillac, Reformer, Pedi Pole, Electric chair. I would like to see frog at the Wunda Chair in the future. Maybe can be a whole month dedicate to our flogs exercises and finding frog every where! Love Frogs hahaha.

    Thinking frog also at the Spine Corrector too! And Arm Chair; arm workout and same concept of the frog; working the back connection and getting deeper and deeper with practice and patience.

    Thanks Andrea! xxx


    • Andrea Maida Author

      Hi Luz,

      So glad you enjoyed the video and found it to be helpful .And yes, there are Frogs everywhere! All around the Pilates studio. And you are good to mention the ones on the Wunda Chair – those would be fun to add to the mix… I can’t seem to stop talking and writing about The Frog, so I will keep Wunda Chair Frogs in mind for Frog 3.0. Hugs to you my friend!

  2. Jayne O'Brien 4 years ago

    Jus seen this and love it, just what I need to keep practicing, thank you Andrea as always informative. I sometimes leave this bit out after the client has progressed, but from now on will remember to keep it in. Jayne ????????

    • Andrea Maida Author

      Thanks Jayne – yes the Frog is a good one… and some day we will all master it LOL 🙂 xo

  3. Andrea Maida Author

    Hi there 🙂
    Thanks so much for watching this Frog Fest and for sharing your questions. Yes as I mention in the video Frog is our beginning move for such Pilates Mat classics as Double Leg Pull and the Teaser. And although it is more challenging on the Mat without the support of the apparatus, it continues to train the body to reach the lower body away from the center. The Frog is the chief way in which we reach out the lower body for quite some time in our study of the Pilates Method.
    Lately – and if you read my blog you’ll know what I mean by this – I feel the Frog infiltrating my entire workout on the Mat and Apparatus. Between the Frog skills and the Scissors skills – every exercise reinforces the concept of one (scissors) or both legs (frog) reaching away from center in every exercise. And your Frog skills will improve as you become more proficient in the Method. I’ve avoided using my seat for years in the Frog and now I’ve got it on the run LOL.
    Frogs and Elephants, man, keep them handy 🙂 All the flashy complex Pilates exercises? Frog or Elephant will prove most helpful.
    Keep up the good work! xo

    • joesmat 4 years ago

      Thank you Andrea for sharing your perspective of the “Frog” exercise, and why you consider it a key movement, within the Pilates Method of Exercise.
      Thank you for your kind words.

  4. joesmat 4 years ago

    If we take the “Frog” to a free mat (no support at all) it becomes much more challenging don’t you think?
    Often we hear Instructors saying a particular exercise is “one of the most important in the Pilates System.”
    How would you define why the “Frog” comes within that category?
    Thank you.

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