Article by Jillian published in...
Pilates Style magazine
"Think on Top of the Box"
by Jillian Hessel
Edited by Amanda Altman
Leave it to Jillian Hessel to make the matwork feel new again. Her ingenious workout using just the Reformer Box will challenge your strength and stability, and thanks to the flowing exercises, your endurance, too. Plus, don't miss her insights on how two of her mentors, Carola Trier and Ron Fletcher, taught some of the classics.
About a year ago, I got an email from PS managing editor Amanda Altman. She said that Pilates Style would be in Los Angeles — my stomping ground — the first week of February, and would I like to shoot a story for the magazine? Of course, I would! The challenge was, Amanda relayed, they were shooting on a soundstage, so no Pilates apparatus was available for the shoot. I thought to myself, I don't really want to do another mat workout for the magazine. What can I do that's a bit different?
Then, I had an epiphany: The Reformer Box is a sophisticated, stand-alone prop that can transform any mat routine into a uniquely challenging workout. It's portable and lightweight enough to throw into my car, so I can bring it along to my house-call client who lacks equipment. Using the Box and the floor creates two different surface levels, and there are many challenging Box exercises on the Reformer we often neglect. So, why not practice those classic moves and create some fun new ones?...