Pilates Fit in 5 for Juja Active

Looking for a quick workout that you can do when you have limited time? Watch my Pilates Fit in 5 video for Juja Active to learn a short routine that you can do at home or on the road. The Abdominal Series, also known as the Series of 5, really targets the abs while also stretching the legs. All you need for this workout is a mat!

Click on the link below to see the full routine!


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Move of the Day: Heel Grab aka Double Leg Stretch

|| HEEL GRAB || aka Double Leg Stretch!

Robert Brace of D28 For Life, taught me one of his dance inspired core workout moves called the Heel Grab. In Pilates, we call this exercise Double Leg Stretch, that is part of the abdominal series also known as the Series of 5. This is a go-to move for toned abs!


1 — Start by lying supine with the knees into the chest and arms along sides. Curl the head and shoulders off of the mat and engage the abdominal muscles by pulling the belly button in towards the spine.

2 — Inhale to extend the arms back and legs forward on a diagonal, keeping the head and shoulders lifted. Exhale to bend the knees in towards the chest as you grab the heels (or hug the knees).

3 — Repeat 8-12 repetitions, 1-3 sets.


Modifications: If this exercise causes any lower back pain, modify the movement by shortening the range of motion. Have the arms and legs extend towards the ceiling rather than having the legs low and arms behind the head. You can also modify by keeping the legs in a tabletop position or having the knees bent with feet flat on the floor as you move the arms back and forward.

If you have any neck issues, rest your head on a pillow rather than having it lifted or place the hands behind the head for support and just perform the movement of the legs.

Chaturanga Tights by Athleta & Free-to-Be Bra by Lululemon

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Pilates is…


Quite often people ask me, “What is Pilates?” “Is it stretching?” “Is it like yoga?” The best description that I can provide is that Pilates is a method that works to build core and overall strength, flexibility, balance, and a longer, leaner physique. Classical Pilates exercises can be performed on a mat with or without props in addition to on various pieces of equipment developed by Joseph Pilates. 

Ever wonder exactly what a Pilates workout on the equipment entails? Find out in this collage video of exercises performed on the reformer, Cadillac, and wunda chair!


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Monday Moves: Russian Splits


(Photo by Audrey Lackey)

Russian Splits performed on the Pilates reformer is an exercise that stretches the hips, hamstrings and tones the legs while challenging core strength and balance!

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Pilates Angel Shoot: Behind the Scenes Video

Being a model was not an aspiration for me but just like teaching, I fell into it naturally and realized that I could use it as a platform to inspire people. Although modeling is fun, each production takes time, preparation, and a team effort to be successful. My goal in making this video was to show not just the glamorous aspect of getting my makeup done and the pretty final images. I wanted to highlight the teamwork, the laughter, the times where I flip out of poses after holding them while the photographer changes the lens, the lighting, the angle of a shot and doing it again when my Virgo perfectionist a$$ is not satisfied with the outcome. (run-on sentence)

My yoga teacher teased me the other day because he knew that his class was my 3rd of the day on my not so lazy Saturday. Training consistently is how I maintain my strength, flexibility, and endurance to get through these shoots. In my world, there is no such thing as preparing for bikini season when the weather starts to get warm. Every season is bikini season and if I get a phone call to do a shoot I always have to be ready.

This video is a behind the scenes look at my latest project. Hope you enjoy it!

Angilique xo


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