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Join Andrea for a Reformer refresher that walks you through details like how to change the equipment and move through the exercises in a smooth fashion. This fun and quickly paced basics class is perfect for beginners who want to work out at home but don't know the order of exercises and how to do them right. You can visit Andrea and follow her blog at: Pilates Andrea.

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  1. Heather Shaw 2 months ago

    I am used to removing the inside springs instead of the outside springs for frog and leg circles… is there any reason to specify using the inside springs?

    • Andrea Maida Author

      Hi Heather – Thanks so much for your question – it is a good one. Yes, there is a reason that I specify to remove the outside springs leaving the 2 inside springs on for Frog and Circles.
      The main reason is that we are planning for the future: I will explain.
      Usually – for exercises that use 2 springs – we set up the springs symmetrically – either 2 on the inside or 2 on the outside. Likewise, for exercises that use only 1 spring, we hope to achieve the same kind of symmetry by choosing 1 middle spring vs. 1 spring on the outside. Using the 1 spring in the middle is better for the symmetry of our bodies and also for the life of our apparatus.
      So. I hope you are still with me πŸ™‚
      Our selection of 2 middle springs for Frog and Circles is in anticipation of next going to 1 spring when we get to the Rowing (which is not an exercise Joe does in this video – which is why I say we are planning for the future – for Joe to continue his Pilates lessons, eventually reach the Rowing series and now he’ll already know the set up from day 1). I hope this makes sense. Now, is it a disaster to have 2 outside springs on for Frog and Circles? No, of course not. This is a finessing of the transition, let’s say. I like to think of this anticipation just like the way you remove the springs in the Stomach Massage Series (ending this series with 2 outside springs) in anticipation of eventually doing Semi Circle a few exercises later when you need the springs to be a certain way for your bottom to make its way into the springs…
      I hope I was able to answer your question! And thank you so much for watching!! xox

  2. emilyclare 7 months ago

    Great class! The extra explanations were really helpful. More like this please.

    • Andrea Maida Author

      Thank you so much Emily – for watching and for your helpful feedback. Yes – there will be more classes like this I promise πŸ™‚ xox

  3. mysticdancer 1 year ago

    Such a wonderful video! Thanks you Andrea and Joe for being a couple together on this journey. It was both a great beginner’s workout and beautiful dance of trust and support between two people.

    • Andrea Maida Author

      Awww thank you so much for your sweet comments. I do love working together with Joe we are a good team πŸ™‚ So glad you too could feel the love! Thank you for watching πŸ˜‰ xox

  4. cmdigby 3 years ago

    Hi Andrea, That was such a great class. We can never underestimate the power of the basics. It’s so good to refresh them. It would be great to see you taking Joe through another class with the added exercises as he progresses through the repertoire, Well done to your husband Joe too!!:)

    • Andrea Maida Author

      Thank you so much for watching and for your lovely feedback! Joe does such a nice job doesn’t he? Trying to entice him to do more on the Reformer πŸ™‚ And yes, the basics are tough but so rewarding! I’ll let Joe know about your request ha ha xox

  5. Om_boy 6 years ago

    Great workout! It’s never easy teaching to family, especially spouses.

    • Andrea Maida Author

      Thanks so much! Yes, My latest project is to get him to use this video to practice his workout – LOL. Wish me luck! Thank you so much for watching πŸ™‚

  6. pilatesangel 6 years ago

    I had this playing when my husband was home on a Sunday afternoon… he walked by, noticed Joe and I said, “oh look, you can let her teach you….,wouldn’t that be nice?” I think he heard you call your husband’s name and thought I called him. (his name is Jim) Nice flow of workout with all the perfect amount of cues for limited attention spans πŸ™‚ I joke, not too wordy, but so many great set-up cues! Thanks guys!

    • Andrea Maida Author


      Thank you so much for your lovely message. That video is the most instruction at one time that I have given Joe – I was certainly conscious that it was a video that people would need to follow so I had to say something, but I wanted to not overload him with chatter to the point where he was annoyed with his wife correcting his every move – LOL. Always a delicate balance, so I thank you for your feedback, truly appreciated. And funny that Jim perked up at hearing Joe πŸ™‚ Thank you for watching and sharing your comments.


    Thank you Andrea. Great work with your husband. Never easy to teach your own family. I teach my daughter on a weekly base πŸ™‚

    • Andrea Maida Author

      Thanks Reiner! Good for you – You are right, teaching family or your spouse can be challenging. This video is the most instruction I have given to my husband – ha ha. Usually he does the Mat with his list, but I hope he will do some more Reformer on his own too πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for watching and sharing your comments πŸ™‚

  8. pilatesgal50 6 years ago

    Loved the giggles brought on by the Knee Stretch Series because if we weren’t laughing we’d be crying! Excellent work both of you.

    • Andrea Maida Author

      Thank you so much pilatesgal50. Yes, I often like to refer to the knee stretches as “the beginning of the end.” That kinda makes me laugh too πŸ™‚ Thanks for watching and for sharing your comments – Joe did such a great job on his Reformer…ha ha our poor husbands!

  9. Andrea Maida Author

    Luz – so glad you like this workout! So excited that I could be of help to you and yours and your teaching. I look forward to our next Reformer workout together πŸ™‚ PS. We’ll always have Windsor…

  10. Luz Alejandra Lovern
    Luz Alejandra Lovern 6 years ago

    Hello Pilatesology! Great Reformer refreshed. I am sure my husband will be in love! And of course all my clients and my self. Thanks for be part of my new path. Luz

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