The Pilates Burn

The Pilates Burn

Its the end of Summer and with it comes the last chance to show off those festive shorts, rose gold dresses and sparkling crop tops I've seen you wearing all season. 

Let’s send out summer with a sizzle.   I've got six hardcore prop based Pilates total body workouts. 

Beginner Friendly Pilates Workouts

Are you ready for a powerful new way to get stronger and toned at home? 

Pilates has become more popular as more people experience the ab flattening and stress relieving results. 

Pilates treats the body as a whole- targeting multiple muscles groups in a controlled manner- to maximize your energy and fitness levels.

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I have seen thousands of peoples lives improved with it.  As you gain strength you will also learn to move with grace and ease as you get more flexible and reduce pain.  Even if you are an advanced pilates practitioner, going back to the basics is a great way to refresh you body alignment and form.  Good form is crucial for combating back pain and ensuring the right muscles are being used.

If you are new to pilates, start with the first video below to experience the booty lifting and ab flattening benefits of Pilates Mat and Magic Circle.  In the first video, we will not be using any equipment.  

Pilates Abs & Thighs for Beginners

This beginner friendly Pilates 20 minute workout is perfect for newbies or anyone that is wanting a slower paced core strengthening routine that also focuses on your thighs.  This workout will target your upper and lower abs as well as sculpt and tone your rear, thighs, and hips. 

No equipment is needed! If you add pilates into your daily routines, I promise you will be shocked at how fast you will begin to notice results in your body.  For more beginner workouts check out this playlist.

Be patient with your body and know that it takes some time to build strength. So if at any point any exercise gets painful or doesn’t feel right, feel free to skip it and come back to it when you're ready again. 

How To Use The Magic Circle - Beginner Friendly Workout

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Learn the basics of the Magic Circle or Pilates ring in this 22 minute full body core focused Pilates routine.  If you are brand new to this circular pilates prop Ill break down the basics in a variety of positions to target abs, legs, thighs, calves, hips oblique and arms.  

 

Advanced Pilates practitioners will love the slower pace and form focused workout thats a perfect compliment to your summer bikinis.  This beginner friendly routine can be done by anyone- add Pilates into your healthy habits for a sleeker midsection and greater poise and flexibility.

 

Grab your pilates ring and join me on the mat to tone up and have fun while we wok on strength and stability.  Turn up the volume for the deep house beats- so we can groove as we do Pilates. 

Do you want more free beginner Pilates workouts?  Check out this blog post

Are you just starting your fitness journey?  Are you having trouble staying on a clear path to fit babes success?  Click the below button to donload my free eBook on Pilates and Mindset!

How To Use The Yoga Wheel

How To Use The Yoga Wheel

Have you tried the yoga wheel yet?  It came onto the scene a few years back and it’s a unique way to deepen your moves and add some mojo into your routine.   It may look easy but this circular prop is really quite challenging to stabilize balance on.   

Beginner Friendly Yoga Flow

May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”   ~ Yoga Sutra of Patanjali Jois

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Happy International Day Of Yoga!

The yoga sutras are based on ancient texts outlining the yogic philosophy of living a balanced and healthy.  

Movement is one of these paths- AKA sutras.  Breathwork and meditation are paths too.  The goal of it all is to lead a happy life.  It’s a little bit different than Pilates where we strive for core strengthening or muscle balance or fluid moves

This quote resonates with me now. The only thing we can control in a crazy cruella type world- is ourselves and our emotions.  I chose to send love and smiles.  It’s a choice I try to make every day.

The goal of stretching in yoga is to prep you to meditate.  And meditation is the only way I can keep my creative spark going and not be distracted by so much of whats going on around me.. 

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In short, yoga helps me burn off the crazy....

Pilates is great for my strength, my balance, and my movement patterns.  But sometimes I just need to stretch and relax into my moves a bit deeper then Pilates usually calls for.

The asanas or poses are what is commonly done in western fitness classes and studio environments.  And rightfully so!  The stretches are beneficial for loosening tight muscles and linking breath to your moves. 

Vinyasa classes are quite favored in the USA which focus on gliding between the poses.  Hatha yoga is also a gentle popular style. 

Click below for my beginner-friendly yoga workout video!  Scroll down if you want to learn more about the 8 limbs of yoga sutras.

I will stick to the English names as I am no Sanskrit expert  I'm more of a Pilates gal but I do think there is something special about the yogic principles.  They're lovely guidelines for living a more mindful life.  

 

  1. First up are the Namas.  The moral code and they break it down to kindness truthfulness non stealing moderation and non stealing.
  2. Second is niyamas or things to observe- purity, contentment, austerity, self-study, and surrender.
  3. The third is the postures or asanas- to create strength balance flexibility and mental clarity.
  4. Breathing comes up as fourth or Pranayama.  The deep breathing is believed to help your energy flow.  Studies have shown that this increases your lung capacity and decreases blood pressure.
  5. Next up is turning inward- self-reflection or the withdrawal of the senses to the mind.  Pratyahara is the name in 
  6. Concentration- or Dharana which is extreme focus or attention.  This is a major principle in pilates too!
  7. Meditation or Dhyana is next.  Notice that we meditate after we have done the other work.  The pastures really tire us out and even more so which enables for us to go deeper into out zones..
  8. Is Pure Bliss!  So with yoga happiness is really the goal..

I do not claim to be an expert in all of these aspects by any means.  But I do believe that more people practicing yoga could be the key to the world becoming a better place.

Jessi fit pilates beginner friendly yoga flow

Which are your favorite parts?

Comment below and let me know!

Photos: Stephanie Hirasawa

Outfit: Love Prema

Total Body Magic Circle Unicorn Workout Series

Total Body Magic Circle Unicorn Workout Series

Looking for a magical way to stay strong and sculpted? 

Pilates is the fitness unicorn.  It's all about the shiny horn with those mythical beasts and with Pilates it's all about the sculpted core.  They have rainbows and we have side bends....

Five Minute Abs- New Mexico Edition

Five Minute Abs- New Mexico Edition

Join me in Taos New Mexico for a series of five-minute ab workouts.  Let's target the entire core and all the abdominal wall muscles- including the obliques and lower back areas.  

21 Day Core Challenge

Jessi FIT Pilates 21 Day Core Challenge

This is how you transform your abs and strengthen your entire core!  In just 20 minutes a day.  We'll focus on strengthening and defining your body as we develop balance, flexibility and vitality!

April is Earth Month, so quit driving to the gym and save money on Classpass or studio charges.  Save your hard earned for cash festival or plane tickets NOT gym fees.  We are going to do this together, from the comfort of your home, your living room, your mat.

I am on a mission to help busy babes just like you love their workouts and their bodies!  Join me for 18 workouts over 21 days featuring the best of pilates, yoga, barre, and cardio.

Jessi FIT Pilates core Pilates 21 day challenge

I developed this using my 23,000 hours of experience as a Fitness & Pilates Instructor, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer & Yoga Instructor.   I have over 15 certificates in fitness and have helped thousands of babes like you love the way they look, move, and feel!

I am spilling all my #fitgirl success secrets into this Core Challenge.  

My goal is to get you healthy at home for free!   These are scientifically proven techniques, and I have changed the lives of thousands of women in my career.  Now its your turn!  Let's get fit toned and fabulous!

This 21 day challenge will tone and sculpt your abs, low back, obliges butt, thighs

  • Create a Healthy Pilates Habit 
  • Improve strength and energy levels
  • Get stretched and reduce tightness
  • Reduce back pain from too much sitting
  • Get mobile and firmer
Jessi FIT Piates Magic Circle Core Challenge Lunge

I have carefully designed this challenge to achieve great results by alternating the focus- strength cardio and flexibility.  Learn how to incorporate small props to challenge your bod to a whole new level and have ou feeling fabulous in your summer skimpy gear.  Breathe energy int your whole life with pilates yoga and so much more

It's great for busy babes who want:

  • Real studio quality pilates at home

  • To feel tighter and more toned 

  • To Feel vibrant and energized

  • To commit to their health and themselves

  • Gain confidence and strength

  • Improve posture and reduce back pain

  • Welcome the summer and festival season!

Jessi FIT Pilates Pilates Challenge YouTube

In just 20 minutes per day!

The workouts vary from 16- 28 minutes, and there will be 18 of them, giving you Sundays to catch up in case your girl boss week got hectic, or if your muscles need a day of rest.

Thanks to the magic of Youtube, I will take you step by step through each move.  These challenging yet fun waist slimming exercises will target the abs, legs, buns, shoulders, back, arms and obliques- nothing is left out!  pilates has done so much for me in the last 17 years- let me show you hat it can do for you

 

Tips For The Challenge

  • There will be 6 days of workouts- one workout for Monday through Saturday
  • Sundays off -Use it as a catch-up day or but you can opt to redo your favorite workout from the series or see my suggestions
  • Drink LOTS of water- especially if you exercise outdoors
  • Depending on your goals aim for at least 10,000 steps per day- walk or do one of my hiit series from here if you need to make up steps
  • Eat more plants- aim to get 5 servings of fruits and vegetables in! minimally
  • If you don't have a prop try to sub in another prop or redo any both vides you loved from the day before
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What You Need:

Remember, this is not a contest or a competition!  This is about feeling good and learning to take care of yourself in an increasingly demanding world.

It's about progress NOT Perfection.  We aim to establish a lifelong fitness HABIT, and have FUN doing it.  It's about creating a healthy routine and learning proper exercise techniques.   You will tone your muscles and alleviate tension. 

Pilates will reshape your muscles and movement patterns.  Yoga will connect you to your breath and release tightness from your entire being.  With HIIT and some cardio moves we will keep your ticker in tick tock shape and utilize calories!

My motto is Strengthen Stretching and Smile!  I want you to associate exercise with a good time and I loaded these workouts with unicorns and rainbows to keep your smile on! 

Caution!  Beginners can always opt to try my Beginner Pilates Series here.  Listen to your body as there will be some advanced progressions.  Never push past pain! Leave out an exercise that hurt- you can always skip ahead or modify.  I offer modifications throughout but always err on the safe side:)

Day 1

This strength based pilates workout is designed to lengthen & strengthen your arms abs and legs in just 20 minutes.

By the adding dumbbells, we increase the intensity of these core sculpting exercises. .

If you do not have weights just grab some heavy soup cans or two bottles of water. We will be doing Pilates and barre moves with a 22 minute Core focused workout with Abs Arms Legs Glutes moves!

Lunge, Plie and Crunch away with me.

Day 2

This minute 20-minute bodyweight Pilates mat workout for your arms shoulders abs and entire core!  Come and plank away, just grab your mat!  No equipment needed for this home-based routine.

Featuring planks in all directions, get ready to fire up your muscles and align the torso for optimal form.  We will twist and bend through some classic pilates cire moves and it includes a warm up and cool down stretch. 

Day 3

This minute 15-minute flowing pilates and yoga fusion workout will stretch and lengthen your muscles. We will tone your abs, core, and legs as we connect to our breath and supercharge our flexibility.

If you feel tight and stressed this workout is for you. We will be utilizing a yoga block for some of the moves but feel free to substitute with a show box or book if you dot have a block. Be creative and try to join on in!

Day 4


This minute 20-minute pilates ring workout was designed to strengthen and lengthen and entire body!  The pilates unicorn is back to help you tone your abs legs booty and entire core!  

We are going to sculpt and tone every inch with lunges abs work and so much more. Adding the Magic Circle really ups the intensity, and adds a new dimension to existing moves. 

Day 5

Are you looking to tone, sweat and stretch your whole body? This 25-minute total body Pilates workout with the mini ball will challenge your core and raise your heart rate.

There will be a focus on abs, booty, legs, arms, shoulders, and back. If you want to welcome summer as your best vibrant self, come and get on the ball with me:)

Day 6

This 19-minute yoga and pilates fusion workout was designed to stretch and lengthen and tone your abs, legs, hips, and booty! We will use pilates moves and yoga poses to restore vitality, increase your flexibility and increase your metabolism.

And YES Unicorn Jessi will be leading the class, so grab your horn and join on in with a smile!

Day 7

Rest Day Jessi FIT Pilates Core Challenge

Rest Day- Catch Up  with any videos you may have missed during your busy week.  Spend this day with your loved ones and if you are craving activity take a long walk or hike, go dancing or re-do your favorite video of mine:)

Day 8 

This minute 20-minute full body Pilates Magic Circle workout was designed to challenge your arms legs abs and entire core! Scuplt, stretch and fire up all your muscles. The pilates ring helps target and tone your midsection as you get leaner and stronger!

Day 9 

This minute High-Intensity Pilates workout was designed to raise your heart rate, strengthen your whole body and tone your core!

I'm using a yoga block, but if you don't have one, use a box, book or small pillow to substitute.

If you want to burn fat with pilates -just press play. We're fusing cardio & HIIT to streamline your waist. Stretches are also included during the rest periods. When combined with proper nutrition, expect to burn fat FAST.

Beginners- go through this workout ONCE

Intermediate or advanced students: blast through the moves TWO or THREE times (fast forward or skip the warm-up).

Day 10 

Join me in Dolores Park for the ultimate pilates and yoga fusion workout flow.  We will be focusing on twisting and side bending our spine, stretch our legs and tone our tummies with pilates ab work.

Lets stretch and bend in all directions, as we mobilize our muscles.  This workout will leave you feeling lighter and energized.

Day 11 

Using the sliders or gliders, we can get a Reformer style Pilates workout at home.  Today we will target hips, abs, legs and glutes and we will lunge and plie to sculpt our lower halves.  I had fun in this 30 minute workout and I know you will too!

No gliders?  No problem!  Use a towel or a paper or plastic plate.  As you can see in the video, some socks will glide very nicely on the floor.  So leave out your sticky socks today and let's slide into the summer!

Day 12

This minute 20-minute pilates workout with a resistance band was designed to tone and enhance your whole body. This fitness-based Pilates routine focuses on strengthening legs, booty, abs and your whole core!

Come and squat, lunge and crunch away to results in no time. We'll also stretch and lengthen our muscles, to ensure we feel lighter and more relaxed. Grab your mat and your theraband!

The resistance band is a great tool for those who travel a lot OR have limited space for a home gym. it's the piece of pilates equipment that you can fit in your pocket.

Day 13 

This minute 20-minute Pilates Foam Roller workout was designed to melt away tension, counteract too much sitting and tone your entire core! Come and plank away, just grab your mat! I am using a foam roller and It is a great tool to melt away tension and stress and to reshape your core, arms and hips.

Day 14

Rest Day- Take this day to catch up on any workouts you missed or to spend some time with your loved ones.

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Day 15

This minute 30-minute bodyweight intense pilates mat workout was designed to strengthen your core and the whole body, raise your heart rate and stretch all your muscles. You can sweat with me, pilates style. Just grab your mat! No equipment needed for this home-based cardio and stretching routine.

Day 16


This minute 20-minute total body core focused dumbbell workout was designed to sculpt stretch and tone your Legs Arms Abs Glutes and entire Core!  

I am using dumbbells in this strength based routine, but you can substitute bottles of water, cans of soup or even heavy rocks or books if you don't have weights.  I'll keep you grooving with deep house tracks so let's move to the beat as we transform our bodies:)

Day 17 

This minute 25-minute Magic Circle Pilates workout was designed to strengthen and stretch your whole body as we focus on toning the core and opening the hips. The Magic Circle is also called the Pilates Ring or the Toning Ring. It may look small but this Pilates prop is mighty!

Grab your ring for this flow-based pilates routine. We are targeting abs, legs, and hips with many Barre and Standing Pilates exercises. We will also use the Circle to deepen into some yummy stretches. And yes Unicorn Jessi will be leading you to Smile as we sweat:)

Day 18


This minute 30-minute  Pilates Strength Workout utilizes a Theraband or Resistance band.  The tension in the band is very similar to the type of tension on the Pilates Reformer and other spring-based Pilates Studio equipment.  Besides being easy to use, Resistance Bands are SUPER portable. Making it easy to get a great workout in anywhere & anytime.

Let's strengthen and stretch your whole body as we will work the arms, thighs, shoulders, abs, hips, and booty.   Set to underground future bass and deep house beats you will be grooving as you tone and lengthen your midsection and so much more.
 

Day 19

 

This minute 15-minute Pilates with a Foam Roller workout was designed to strengthen your abs and align your spine and as we focus on ab strengthening and counterbalance the effects of sitting too much. The Foam Roller can be used to melt the muscles and to create a mini Pilates reformer workout!

Grab your roller- I am using one that is long enough to fit my torso on it. Follow along as we start my melting the back and upper body muscles by rolling the tension out. Then we will perform core exercises on the roller, using both mat and reformer moves. We will tone your abs and stretch your whole body so just press play!

Day 20

You did it! This is the last workout of the challenge! I wanted you to treat you to a strech-ilicious flow that will leave you feeling light and airy. Let's mobilize our muscles with the best of Pilates moves and Yoga poses.

This 30-minute Yogalates workout was designed to strengthen and stretch your whole body. We'll also focus on core strengthening and balance exercises. Grab your mat and let's roll! No equipment needed this full body Pilates & Yoga Flow.

Day 21

REST DAY  You earned it:)

I'm here for you every step of the way- comment below here on the blog or on  my Instagram posts for help!

MarchMatness Unicorn Edition- Week 4

MarchMatness Unicorn Edition- Week 4

Who says classic needs to be boring?

The pilates unicorn is back to add a little bit of sunshine to the challenging moves ahead, in the last and final week of March Matness.

Tropical Acai Smoothie Bowl

Tropical Acai Smoothie Bowl

Are you looking for a way to transport yourself to a tropical island?

Frozen fruit and acai can be enjoyed all year- whether spring has spring or not in your hometown!  Freeze dried fruit can also help you get tropical vibes on your breakfast radar. 

The Pilates Party Continues- Week 3 #MarchMatness

The Pilates Party Continues- Week 3 #MarchMatness

Have you joined the pilates party yet?  No machines, just you and the mat. This is part 3 of 4, honoring the man the maestro and the legend Joseph H Pilates.   Join in and do a classic mat move for every day this month. 

The Pilates Celebration Continues... Week 2

The Pilates Celebration Continues... Week 2

March on into week 2 and celebrate the original mat exercise as Joseph pilates created them!

Welcome to the Global Pilates Party! #MarchMadness Week 1

Welcome to the Global Pilates Party! #MarchMadness Week 1

Every March Pilates instructors and enthusiasts gather for a global celebration of the work of Joseph Pilates.  if you have been looking for a sign to start Pilates- this is it!  

Hormone Balancing Smoothies

Hormone Balancing Smoothies

Being healthy means the body- and all its functions are all in harmony.  If you are looking to achieve more well being and less tiredness listen up….

Hormones control and effect almost all of your body’s functions- everything from your brain’s responsibility - (memory and movement) , metabolism and digestion to , healing and repair abilities, a well as your reproductive systems. 

HIIT It then Stretch It

HIIT It then Stretch It

They say that sitting is the new smoking. 

With the increase of technology and devices we use comes an increased time sitting on that butt. 

Optimal health recquires movement.  If you are spending too much time rounded over a computer today's blog will get you moving!

Tips & Tricks for Fit Girl Skin Care

Tips & Tricks for Fit Girl Skin Care

Fit Girl Skin Care- Anti Aging and Anti Acne 5 Top Tips 

Plus my AM & PM Routines

Ever since I turned 40 I have been on a mission to stay looking young inside and out!  Did you know that girls who sweat have different skin needs? 

I've been working out daily since I was 18 and I've always had oily skin.  I have made a lot of mistakes along the way - I really wish I didn’t go in the sun as much in my 20s- my freckles are really age spots!  

Pilates In Paradise

Pilates In Paradise

How do you get inspired to exercise?  The outdoor air and open skies keep me motivated.  I love to get outside and get fit.  For many women, staying bikini ready is also a major motivating factor...