Up Against the Wall Mat

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Kathi teaches this mat class by using a wall as a constraint to challenge and align the body  for more stability and strength. The wall forces you to use honest movement because you have the wall to tell you when you're cheating or falling out of alignment. It will help you feel the 2 way stretch in your body, build your stamina and help you build strength to do better at some commonly frustrating exercises like Teaser or Star that benefit from having the wall for support. Thanks to Dana Santi and Colleen Naughton Strong at The Pilates Core in LaGrange, IL where this class was filmed. Visit them for Pilates sessions, teacher training and upcoming conferences at: www.ThePilatesCore.com. For info on training with Kathi visit: KathiRossNash.com.

What Others Are Saying


  1. Sheckie71 7 days ago

    awesome class!

  2. Corekora 1 year ago

    This was amazing! Thank you! it’s in my Favs!

  3. Lucerobarry
    Lucerobarry 2 years ago

    Do much fun. My neck pull and the standing wall roll down need some work! Loved the challenging standing tree. Ha that needs some work as well. Thank you love to have projects!

  4. PattyOe 2 years ago

    Watched this again- it is one of my favorites! Please never take it down. Off to teach a mat and possibly a little time on the wall. Thanks!!!

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  6. Pilatessummer79
    Pilatessummer79 3 years ago

    The saw was just what I needed and a great way to teach in class! Thanks

  7. Peixinho 3 years ago

    Amei a aula!!!

  8. AngelicaRose
    AngelicaRose 4 years ago

    Love using the wall! I make my clients use the wall during certain exercises. So glad I found this video where I can use the wall for EVERY exercise!!! Thanks Kathi!!!

  9. androne 5 years ago

    Really enjoyed this! thank you

  10. Jennifer Allen

    This workout was amazing!! I can’t wait to try these exercises with my clients!

  11. Pilatesconnects 5 years ago

    You are mean!!!! Love, love, love this – what a challenging Pilates session? I have lots of practice to do to get through this full class though 😉

    • Kathi Ross Nash Author

      LOL leave a girl in a room long enough and see what fun comes out!!! LOL play with it! you can do this at every level!!!!!!!

  12. 1) Amazing, challenging, thought-provoking class! 2) Have we officially checked Kathi for a pulse to verify she is human? 3) Thank you Pilatesology!

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Right?! My favorite part of this video is the end when Kathi actually rolls down and up — with her heels completely glued to the wall.

  13. realinepilates

    Thank you for such an interesting class! Wow–we do learn to cheat a bit–without knowing it :))

  14. Linda 7 years ago

    I have never met a Kathi video that I didn’t love! Sharing your teaching has inspired and helped so many people! Thank you!

  15. Miquel Banket 7 years ago

    Wow, the wall does keep you honest!!! Deep workout, thank you so much.

  16. joesmat 7 years ago

    This piece of work and concept truly is quite unique, and is something I have never come across before.
    Once again I am so very grateful to Kathi Ross Nash for sharing her knowledge of the work, and to Alisa – PILATESOLOGY for making it available.

  17. Mary
    Mary 7 years ago

    Brilliant. Very instructive for self-practice. (I have a wall…Why didn’t I think of this?)

  18. Ynowak 7 years ago

    Loved it! Ok, some of it was just evil, but really , really good! Definitely can feel on which ones I tend to cheat.

  19. lainey48 7 years ago

    Kathi- Love taking your classes- challenging and fun using other ways like a wall to do pilates exercises!

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