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Ready for a fantastic workout? Kim Reis and her workout buddy Lucero Barry are here to make it fun and fast! Kim’s a master at making the hard stuff doable with her precise, easy-to-follow cues. Highlights that’ll improve your workout include: an advanced breathing pattern, several powerful side oblique strengtheners to correct imbalances in the torso, specific ways to use your eyes that assist and deepen exercises, how to use your heels to assist rolling up, a leg stretch to make kneeling side kicks easier, and a few of our favorite moves: the Side Bend with a Twist transitioned into Mermaid, the Star on the mat, and Romana’s special ending. Enjoy! Our thanks to Lucero Barry at Studio Reset in Portland, Oregon where this session was filmed. Visit Kim at www.kimreis.com.

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49 Comments

  1. JSHPYM 4 weeks ago

    Absolutely loved this! Great transitions. Inspiring….thank you!

  2. SabrinaHorak 1 month ago

    Lovely workout, complete and with a nice pace! 35 min for a total body training! Thank you

    • Kim Reis Author
      Kim Reis 1 month ago

      Thanks for your kind words and for working out with me. This is a good one for when you don’t have much time. 🙂 Keep moving and stay healthy!

  3. Prafferty5
    Prafferty5 1 month ago

    This was great ! I am doing my best to workout however still recovering from vertigo after many weeks & so certain movements are impossible at the moment ! Namely rolling over or jack knife … lowering head … many … BUT I loved it . Makes me feel alive . Thank you x

    • Kim Reis Author
      Kim Reis 1 month ago

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and good for you for sticking it out with Vertigo! I’m glad you made wise choices about what to leave out right now. I hope you continue to recover and feel better. Keep listening to your body and stay healthy!

  4. letters123 1 month ago

    Amazing! Can’t believe i did (most) of that side bending work (kind of)! Great pace and energy…
    Thank You!!

    • Kim Reis Author
      Kim Reis 1 month ago

      Good for you! Keep up the good work, and thanks for joining me!

  5. Kerry 1 month ago

    OMGosh how do you talk so calmly while doing that??!! Thanks for the kick off and kicking my …

    • Kim Reis Author
      Kim Reis 1 month ago

      Ha! Thanks for working out with me today. I’m on the 14 day challenge and I think I kicked my own… 🙂 Stay consistent and healthy!

  6. Lubugal 1 month ago

    WOW! What a class! Thanks Kim for the creative workout!

    • Kim Reis Author
      Kim Reis 1 month ago

      You are so very welcome! I’m so glad you took the time to workout with me. If you are on the 14 day challenge, I’m right there with you. Let’s stay consistent, healthy and strong!

  7. Sheckie71 1 month ago

    Such a perfect mat. Great pace. Perfect flow and transitioning. Love your calm voice throughout. ❤️

    • Kim Reis Author
      Kim Reis 1 month ago

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed the workout! Stay healthy and consistent and keep up the good work!

  8. Pilates24
    Pilates24 1 month ago

    loved it! Thank you Kim and Lucero!!

    • Kim Reis Author
      Kim Reis 1 month ago

      You are so very welcome! Lucero is a great buddy and fellow instructor and so fun to workout with. Glad you loved it. Keep up the great work!

  9. Thank you so much!A very super mat!

    • Kim Reis Author
      Kim Reis 1 month ago

      You are very welcome and I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Keep up the good work!

  10. Pfplus 1 month ago

    Thank you so much for the kick-off workout! It was awesome, fun and challenging!

    • Kim Reis Author
      Kim Reis 1 month ago

      Thanks for working out with me, and I’m right there in it with you! I also did this mat to kick off the challenge and can’t wait until tomorrow. Keep up the good work and stay healthy!

  11. jjp17 1 month ago

    Great flow to it! Loved the combination of the mermaid with the twist. Thank you!

    • Kim Reis Author
      Kim Reis 1 month ago

      You are so welcome! Thanks for working out with me, and I’m glad you enjoyed it. Stay healthy!

  12. PilatesDeb 1 month ago

    That was a great class! Thank you. Loved the teaser sandwich. 🙂

    • Kim Reis Author
      Kim Reis 1 month ago

      Ha! That’s a fun one, right? Thanks for working out with me and I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Stay healthy!

  13. Super fun – I loved all the sequence changes – particularly can-can between the sides for side kicks and the combo side bend/mermaid. Thank you!

    • Kim Reis Author
      Kim Reis 1 month ago

      You are so very welcome, and thanks for working out with me! I’m glad you enjoyed the sequence and had fun! Best wishes, and stay healthy!

  14. christinaabraham 1 month ago

    Thanks Kim! I really enjoyed the session today, as well as the power of 3 mat class last week! Excited for the next 13 days.

    • Kim Reis Author
      Kim Reis 1 month ago

      Thanks, and I’m excited too! I’ll be right there with you on the program! And thanks for also trying my Power of 3. This is a good one to come back to in a time crunch. Stay healthy and well!

  15. Loquette 1 month ago

    Wow, a perfect start to my day. I really needed this. Thank you.

    • Kim Reis Author
      Kim Reis 1 month ago

      You are so very welcome! Thanks for working out with me and keep up the good work!

  16. karinaspacov 1 month ago

    It was amazing !!!!! My body was in need of this !!!! Thanks a lot !!!

    • Kim Reis Author
      Kim Reis 1 month ago

      Thanks for joining me and I’m glad it felt good to your body. Keep up the great work!

  17. McLachlan 1 month ago

    Kim, I have watched many of you videos, I love your continual smile and very precise cues. And appreciate the 14 day kick start. Stay healthy and well.

    • Kim Reis Author
      Kim Reis 1 month ago

      Thanks so much for your kind words and dedication. I’m excited for the challenge too! It will help keep us all going. Take care!

  18. Thank you!!

    • Kim Reis Author
      Kim Reis 1 month ago

      Thanks for joining me! Keep moving and stay healthy!

  19. NinaSa 1 month ago

    Thank you so much Kim! That was super Fun – just what I felt I need today. I Loved it! Those mermaids were very nice.

    • Kim Reis Author
      Kim Reis 1 month ago

      Hi! Thanks so much for working out with me! I love those “yummy” mermaids too! Side bending always helps me feel better. Keep up the good work!

  20. Nicolewolfe
    Nicolewolfe 2 months ago

    I really enjoyed this! Awesome job!! Thanks for sharing 😊

    • Kim Reis Author
      Kim Reis 2 months ago

      Thanks for joining me. Glad you liked it!

  21. Kim Reis Author
    Kim Reis 3 months ago

    Hi Cindy!  So glad you enjoyed the workout and thanks for your question.  First off, let me say that bridging from Int. to Adv. is a BIG challenge, and good for you to go after it!  In fact, I’m going to work on some progressions to help with that process, so stay tuned…  In the meantime, I feel your struggle.  Most often, the difficulty of keeping the heels pulled in tight for Rolling Like a Ball comes from a tight spot in the spine.  If there is an area that doesn’t articulate well, or a “flat spot,” the heels will come away and then try to propel us through that spot.  How are your Roll Ups?  I would investigate the articulation of the Roll Up to see where you might “skip” the articulation.  I find the Half Roll Back a good way to explore this too.  Try rolling back from a seated position with the hands behind the thighs.  Stop every couple vertebra and exhale into that “C” curve to open up the spine and scoop the powerhouse.  Then try to let go with the hands and hold your scooped curve for a few breaths.  Hold back on to the thighs and go down another inch and repeat.  Make sense?  Slowly travel down the spine to work both the articulation and strength simultaneously.  Then, I would do some “easy” rolling with the hands behind the thighs to emphasize the “steam rolling” of the abs into the spine and the spine into the mat.  Do your best to steam roll both directions from the strength of your abdominals.  Then try holding the ankles again and see if over time if starts to improve.  Hope that helps.  Good luck and let me know how it goes!

  22. Cindy Kondziela
    Cindy Kondziela 3 months ago

    Hi Kim…great workout! Hard because I’m between intermediate and advanced, but I loved the challenge. Quick question — I’m having a really hard time keeping my heels tucked in during rolling like a ball. Any advice? A way to get stronger and progress to keeping heels tucked. Thanks, Cindy

  23. MATMAN76 3 months ago

    Delightful Lady Instructor. Strong execution with very excellent form. More of her mat interpretations please.

    • Kim Reis Author
      Kim Reis 3 months ago

      Thanks so much for taking my class. Stay tuned….more mat progressions are in the works. 🙂

  24. almln 11 months ago

    what a wonderful efficient half hour . so happy i took your class today kim!

    • Kim Reis Author
      Kim Reis 10 months ago

      Thank you so much for joining me, and I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Nice to get it all accomplished in 35 minutes, right? 🙂

  25. loremiller
    loremiller 1 year ago

    Beautifully executed, concise effective queuing and wonderful variations on a theme. 10 out of10!!

    • Kim Reis
      Kim Reis 12 months ago

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed this workout!

  26. ewapilates
    ewapilates 1 year ago

    Marvellous set of exercises; amazing order despite being different from the original. Love it to the utmost:)

    • Kim Reis
      Kim Reis 12 months ago

      Thanks for working out with me, and I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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