Advanced Pilates mat workout video by Kathryn Ross Nash

Variations on the Mat

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Kathi will have your head spinning with all of her fun variations in this Intermediate/Advanced mat session that emphasizes side bending, using your Powerhouse, and slimming your hips. As always, the train that is Kathi’s energy is unstoppable—if you ever suffer from lack of motivation she’s your ticket to get back on track. She saves a surprise for the very end that many of Romana's apprentices will know well (sometimes called the Clara Stretches) and everyone else will find stretchy, challenging and graceful (perhaps not graceful the first time but keep practicing). Apparatus note: Kathi and her students Elvy & Barbara are using a foldable Gratz mat with foot strap and handles for this video. The strap and handles add to the depth of the work but are not required. For info on training with Kathi visit:

What Others Are Saying


  1. Avishag 2 years ago

    Kathy you are such an inspiration. I can’t stop saying it. Thank you. You made my day.

  2. Avishag 2 years ago

    The best mat workout ever.

  3. yogahead
    yogahead 4 years ago

    Had the pleasure of meeting this lady over the weekend and loved her style, her dynamic, her transitions and got introduced for the first time to this incredible site . AmaZing class , thank you Kathy xxx

  4. 5 years ago

    Great stuff. Loved the pace. Apart from those splits at the end!

  5. PilatesRichieEasson 5 years ago

    Really love all the variations! One fit lady , cannot believe how you can talk your way through all of that! Amazing! 🙂

  6. EmmaGat
    EmmaGat 6 years ago

    Kathi, Kathi, Kathi. Ah, another workout, another day “made” by your awesome childlike spirit and demeanor that I admire and empathize with so much.
    1. I LOVE how you own your mistakes and errors — you’d never hear an “oops”, “my bad”, “sorry” or anything if you forgot a step, got the count wrong or something. It’s always “I LIED!”. I love it, owning up to your inner Evil Queen, that’s the spirit! Mwahahaha!

    2. This could be because I’m Jewish am used to making fun of these things in a way that would make non-Jews quite uncomfortable, but the leg positions in that final stretch before the splits reminded me of a swastika! 😀 I know, I’m bad, but you gotta admit that it’s a pretty straightforward description — people could never get that pose wrong after that reference! 🙂

    3. I love the dancer-esque feel you bring into every pose. Pilates already brought me grace I’ve never imagined having, but your transitions make me feel like I’m performing Swan Lake. And this comes from a girl who is far from a tomboy, but still can’t help but feel like a drag queen with high heels. I’m far from graceful! 😀 Maybe with your help, I’ll get there some day!

    4. Did I mention how much I love you and your workouts, Kathi? You’re NEVER boring! I come to you when I want to play hard, work hard, and ROCK HARD! You’re fun. You should consider changing your name to Kathryn Fun Nash, so people would know what they’re dealing with ahead of time. Nah, you know what, surprise them with your awesomeness, that’s better.

    5. I’ll be back! You know I will! 😉

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, a million times thank you!
    Love (I WILL get a private session with you — soon! I’ll fly out to the east coast if I’ll have to!)

    • Kathi Ross Nash Author

      Just saw this LOL yep- I make A LOT of mistakes!!! thats cause I am naughty and don’t practice what I am going to film lol lol. as for the S word- did you know my hubby of 27 years is jewish? I use that word because my teacher did… please take no offense!
      Emma come play on the east coast! we would LOVE LOVE Love it!

  7. Tova Apollo 6 years ago

    I love this class, you are my favorite teacher, love your energy, variations, creative,fun and challenging, can’t do it all…..yet, but working towards it. Thanks!

  8. LaraCosta 8 years ago

    Great pace. I aspire to teaser like Kathi! Thank you!

  9. louizaleo 8 years ago

    Παναγία μου!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Lynann Escatel
    Lynann Escatel 8 years ago

    Kim and I just got our butt kicked!!! love you, miss you so much!!!

  11. Elvy Perez Zorich

    OMG! My back was definitely not ready for this class post baby. After watching, feeling like I need to kick my butt a little harder 😉

    • EmmaGat
      EmmaGat 6 years ago

      That’s your body AFTER BABY? I was seriously admiring it. I kept thinking, “she must not be doing some of the moves because she’s exhausted from her extreme workout that I must not know about yet”. Girl, keep doing what you’re doing, you’re rocking! Muscles and all, super fit, and after baby? Tip of the hat to ya, Elvy.

  12. cristinaw 8 years ago

    So grateful for my “virtual” training with you, Kathi! My style is similar and clients lovingly call me crazy too 🙂 I learn so much because of your passion for the work. THANK YOU!!

  13. sheilamcgregor 8 years ago

    Fabulous class in a 40 minute time frame! Loved your variations too. Thanks Kathi – you are AMAZING!!!

  14. lainey48 8 years ago

    Great class as always. Love the variations! Putting this class in my favorites!

  15. npilates 8 years ago

    Kathy! Exelente clase como siempre! Me gustaria ver trabajo en la guillotina,en nuestro pais no se fabrica y poco se sobre ella.

  16. Martin 8 years ago

    Kathi, you make all my Pilates dreams come true!!!!!!! AMAZING class! Please keep ones like this coming!!!!!!! 🙂

  17. Ynowak 8 years ago

    Thank you for showing the Clara’s stretches at the end. I’ve done a small part of it before but had never seen that complete sequence. Felt great!

  18. Reb 8 years ago

    Amazing as always! You are my hero, Kathi! I will definitely use some of those variations for my advanced students. Hope you don’t mind. I do sing your praises to everyone. Great job, Elvy and Barbara.

  19. lghammerle

    Nice job ladies and a great ending!


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