Work Some Magic Mat

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You’re in for a treat with this fun, flowing Magic Circle Mat! Molly makes it look easy but as you’ll discover, she’s using the circle to test your strength, control and agility. The circle very quickly pulls your middle together and makes you feel connected and strong—if it wasn’t such hard work, you’d call it magic. In addition to some of the common ways to use the circle, Molly adds some interesting variations that will wake up your brain along with your body. This is a perfect workout for anyone with a previously strong practice looking to recover core strength after time away from Pilates.

What Others Are Saying


  1. Catgal01
    Catgal01 5 months ago

    Hi molly! Thankyou for your very clear instruction! I really enjoyed the session. Your take on the criss-cross with the magic circle first pressing w the elbow, THEN progressing into the full rotation without the circle, really made me go deeper. You did that with a few exercises. It shows you really know how to help access the body + the work. Thankyou

    • Molly Niles Renshaw Author
      Molly Niles Renshaw 5 months ago

      I love that, Catgal01! Thank you so much. I try to keep the workouts varied! xx

  2. HanJ86 2 years ago

    That had some new content for me – loved it!

    • Molly Niles Renshaw Author
      Molly Niles Renshaw 2 years ago

      Glad to hear it, Han! Thanks!

  3. Crystal 2 years ago

    Love this! Even if I do fall over laughing hysterically while trying to get my legs into, then back out of, the circle during the teaser. Actually, I think that’s one of the things I loved most about it. Perfecting that move is my new goal.

    • Molly Niles Renshaw Author
      Molly Niles Renshaw 2 years ago

      That’s so great, Crystal! Thanks for watching xx

  4. klm 3 years ago

    Ms. Molly, This was a wonderful workout. Total body, with a bit of cardio too! I feel great! Loved it!

    • Molly Niles Renshaw Author
      Molly Niles Renshaw 3 years ago

      Thanks, Kim! That’s awesome! xx

  5. Jennifer Eicher 4 years ago

    Just realized it’s been 3 years and I still love this workout as much now as I did the first day I tried it. Such a great workout!

    • Molly Niles Renshaw Author
      Molly Niles Renshaw 4 years ago

      Thanks Jennifer! That’s so nice to hear! xx

  6. Olechka 5 years ago

    very gentle way of teaching, great workout, made me sweat and calm down at the same time. magical!thank you.

  7. hlignelli 5 years ago

    Great class! The moves were easy to follow, and your voice is so soothing.

  8. elifegeli86 6 years ago

    Dear Molly,
    This exercise is just what I needed. I feel great and sweaty and long 🙂
    Thanks a lot and hugs from Turkey, Alaçatı

    • Molly Niles Renshaw Author
      Molly Niles Renshaw 5 years ago

      Sorry I missed your comment! Thank you and glad you liked it! xx Molly

  9. nbbnixon 6 years ago

    I second the compliment about gentleness..your voice is magic, urging ease and grace. Thank you.

    • Molly Niles Renshaw Author
      Molly Niles Renshaw 6 years ago

      You’re very welcome and thank you for the compliment!

  10. Jennifer Eicher 7 years ago

    I LOVED this video! No part of the 30 minutes is wasted with idle chit chat or too much direction – every piece of commentary is useful. A great workout from head-to-toe in a vacuum-packed 30 minutes. This one is going to become a consistent part of the routine. Can’t wait to try more videos from Molly! Thank you!!

    • Molly Niles Renshaw Author
      Molly Niles Renshaw 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for your comment, Jennifer! I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for watching! xx Molly

  11. pilatesangel 7 years ago

    I loved the variations with the circle….criss cross and teaser were fun 🙂 but probably my favorite element was adding the forearm plank before single leg kick….love that to wake up the powerhouse! Thanks Molly!

    • Molly Niles Renshaw Author
      Molly Niles Renshaw 7 years ago

      Thanks, Pilatesangel! Yeah, that sneaky plank is a good one! xx

  12. LKVB 7 years ago

    Molly your mat is worth it’s weight in gold for the criss-cross series alone. thank you for killing my abs with kindness. 🙂

    • Molly Niles Renshaw Author
      Molly Niles Renshaw 7 years ago

      No problem, LKVB! Glad you liked it:)

  13. Molly Niles Renshaw Author
    Molly Niles Renshaw 7 years ago

    Hi Joesmat, I think you’re referring to the Criss-Cross prep I did with the MC between the thighs, feet on mat and pulsing up into the oblique, right? That’s a variation I learned from Bob Liekens, who was the teacher trainer other than Romana and Sari when I got certified back in ’99.

    • joesmat 7 years ago

      Yes, indeed it was the preparation for Criss Cross.that I was referring to .I always try to trace the source of a variation in the Classical work, as this is how I learn. Interesting you were taught it by Bob Lieken, and thank you very much for sharing with me. Most gracious of you.

  14. joesmat 7 years ago

    In the Roll Up with knees bent and feet on the mat, with the Magic Circle between the legs below the knees, you placed the appropriate side hand on top of the other hand, and then did a Roll Up rotating past the opposite side knee working into the oblique. Is that an exercise taught by Romana?

    Thank you very much.

    • nbbnixon 7 years ago

      Your gentleness is wonderfull, smoothing us into life. many thanks

      • Molly Niles Renshaw Author
        Molly Niles Renshaw 7 years ago

        Thank you! So glad you liked the workout. xx

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