Intensity Reformer with Sonje

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Think you know what you’re doing on the Reformer? Get ready to feel it again like it’s your first time. In this brilliantly tough workout, you’ll learn what it was like to work out with Joseph Pilates himself. Your teacher, Sonje Mayo trained with him in her 20s, and while she is kicking your bottom, she relates wonderful stories and tidbits on proper alignment, transitions and so much more (don’t miss the story near the end on how Clara Pilates knew if you were cheating). Enjoy the sweat and post-workout flat stomach! For lessons, workshop requests, teacher training, and Schroth work, visit Sonjé Mayo at http://Sonjé

What Others Are Saying


  1. bodyinbalance 3 months ago

    Wonderful class, intelligently and diligently taught and corrected with an eye for
    exactly what makes the movement effective ????????

  2. jbm 9 months ago

    Brilliant! Thank you!

    • Sonje Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 9 months ago

      Thank YOU for providing such positive feedback!

  3. darien
    darien 9 months ago

    Thank you, Sonje????

    • Sonje Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 9 months ago

      Always happy to hear from you Darien……hopefully we will meet in person sometime!

  4. Teralinda1 11 months ago

    Nice class but could do without the comments to the younger girl about “thunder thighs” and constant reminders of “long lean muscles”. This is a recipe for encouraging an eating disorder.

    • Sonje Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 11 months ago

      Sorry but I think you misunderstood my intention here.
      Neither of these girls have ‘thunder thighs’ and I always encourage all clients to “drive the carriage from the center” so as not to power up the legs unneccessarily.
      As Joe aptly put it: “we strive for a balance between strength and elongation”
      You are correct in that I should change my terminology in case someone misconstrues my intention.

  5. RimaBorgogni 1 year ago

    Amazing!! Loved it! Thank you so much for sharing your teaching with us!! Love stick your booty out!

    • Sonje Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 1 year ago

      Thanks! Not the most politically correct term, but it seems to work!!

  6. Kayfenton
    Kayfenton 1 year ago

    thank you for a beautifully executed reformer workout……class act

    • Sonje Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 1 year ago

      Thank you for appreciating that class act by those two strong girls!!

  7. Jon Hawkins

    Some lovely teaching points and great stories. Looking forward to meeting you in person in Florida next year!

    • Sonje Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 1 year ago

      I am also looking forward to meeting you…..the stories will continue!

  8. Victoria Sommer 1 year ago

    Wow what a great workout, brings back everything you taught in Stuttgart. ..You are an amazing gifted teacher, thank you for sharing so much of your knowledge! Greetings from Vienna

    • Sonje Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 1 year ago

      Liebe Victoria,
      Es freut mich von dir zu hören. Ich habe es genossen mit euch allen zusammen zu sein in Stuttgart.
      Ich hoffe wir sehen uns nächstes Jahr!

  9. Jolanta_S2018 1 year ago

    Dear Sonje
    Every class or workshop with you is like a boost of fresh knowledge and teaching skills. You are a real master!

    • Sonje Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 1 year ago

      Thanks Jolanta for your enthusiastic response!

  10. knbshaffer 1 year ago

    I learn something every time. My roots! I love it. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Great class!

    • Sonje Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 1 year ago

      I am so delighted that you have found this informative and inspiring!

  11. Madhavi Abuja 1 year ago

    Very informative – as usual

  12. Sonje Mayo Author
    Sonje Mayo 1 year ago

    Thank you. Hopefully I will get to meet you one day!

  13. Task master! Loved this intermediate work out. Never met Sonje so this was a real treat.

    • Sonje Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 1 year ago

      Thanks! Hope we get to meet one day!

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