March Matness

March Matness is an online celebration, spearheaded by Pilates legend Benjamin Genhardt in 2013.

For the first year ever, we'll be joining in the festival at Clifford Studios! To kick off the party, we're offering 10% off our adult classes on 1st March only. That way you'll be all set to attend Pilates throughout the month. The discount is applicable to passes of 6 hours or more and the code to enter at the checkout is : marchmatness.

The aim is to pay respect to the traditional Mat exercises as documented by Joseph Pilates in his book 'Return to Life through Contrology'; first published in 1945.

It consists of a series of bodyweight movements that are invigorating and effective in conditioning the body. Mr Pilates left strict instructions as to the order the exercises should be performed and how quickly. The sequence was designed to allow the body to experience a balance of movement encompassing all planes, utilising all joints and muscles and equalising strength with mobility.

In our Saturday classes we will be spending part of each lesson on the series of exercises, culminating in doing the whole series as a group on Saturday 25th March. Here's the plan:

Saturday 4th March:

  • The Hundred
  • Roll Ups
  • Roll Overs
  • Leg Circles
  • Rolling Like a Ball
  • Single Leg Stretch
  • Double Leg Stretch
  • Spine Stretch
  • Open Leg Rocker
  • Corkscrew
  • Saw

Saturday 11th March:

  • Swan Dive
  • Singe Leg Kick
  • Double Leg Kick
  • Neck Pull
  • Scissors
  • Bicycle
  • Shoulder Bridge
  • Spine Twist
  • Jack Knife
  • Side Kick
  • Teaser

Saturday 18th March

  • Hip Circles
  • Swimming
  • Leg Pull Front
  • Leg Pull Back
  • Kneeling Side Kicks
  • Side Planks
  • Boomerang
  • The Seal
  • The Crab
  • Rocking
  • Control + Balance
  • Push Up

I am both excited and daunted at the prospect as some of these exercises I definitely skim over as they are seriously challenging! Safety will be the first and foremost and as always I will give modifications.

See you on the mat!

Further info on March Matness :