Every March, participants across the global Pilates community share their love for the work in a synchronized social media campaign.
Created in 2013 by Benjamin Degenhardt, now, the campaign has moved completely into the hands of the fans that MarchMATness has gathered since the very beginning: using the hashtag #MarchMATness, everyone is invited to contribute their stories, pictures, videos and any tidbits of education and inspiration they want to share across all social media channels.
What is unique about the campaign is that for one month, the community pays tribute to the traditional Mat exercises as documented by Joseph Pilates in his book Return to Life through Contrology
34 flowing exercises using your own body weight that are invigorating and effective in conditioning the body and that were given as homework to clients inbetween studio apparatus sessions.
At The Pilates Pod, we are big supporters of this movement and love to spread the joy that is Pilates Matwork as an accessible workout you can do anywhere, anytime, with just yourself!
We believe Pilates should be fun, and easy. So often it’s over complicated with too many instructions, even before you have moved! We believe movement heals, so let’s get the body moving and flowing first with simple clear easy instructions without overthinking it, trying to get it perfect and over analysis – JUST ENJOY AND MOVE!
Join in our March MATness Challenge. Earn points, Win prizes!
For every Mat class you attend in March, you earn 1 POINT
Matwork with Small Props- Saturdays 10am & Sundays 9am, you earn 2 POINTS
Book a friend/family member on the Intro to Matwork 4 wk course, earn 2 POINTS
Join in March MATness on social media (see info below) and get 1 POINT per post.
The person with the most points at the end of March will win a 55 minute 1:1 Private Training session AND a Pod Squad T-shirt. Plus 4 Runners Up will win a Pilates DVD AND 1 weekend Mat class.
To help you cram in those extra mat classes, we’re giving you the chance to buy some extra credits at a fantastic low price in March.
10 credits £110 – expires 8 weeks from purchase. Use Code Marchmat10. BOOK
5 credits £60- expires 4 weeks from purchase. Use Code Marchmat5. BOOK
4 weeks Full Classical Intro to Matwork with apprentice teacher Stephen- Mondays 8-8.55pm 12th March – 9th April (excludes bank holiday 2nd April) BOOK
Ready to join the movement? Fantastic! March is a particularly great month to embark on a Pilates Mat practice because the entire Pilates community is helping you get inspired and educated. Perhaps even pick up a copy of Return to Life through Contrology, the original Pilates book by the method’s founding father himself!
First, roll out your Mat. Then follow these simple steps:
1. Follow March MATness on social media
2. Pick an exercise from the list
You can pick as many exercises as you like… why not all 34?
16. #scissors and #bicycle
24. #legpulls (front and back)
28. #seal and #crab
3. Create something worth sharing
It could be a photograph, a video, musings, practice tips, a drawing… any form of creative expression is welcome but remember: it’s not a challenge, and it’s not a contest… it’s a celebration!
4. Note the date(s) for each exercise
To synchronize the campaign, the number on the list above corresponds with the day of the exercise’s turn; March 15 is The Neck Pull, for example.
5. Add hashtags
To connect with everyone participating, use the corresponding hashtag as listed above with each exercise. Be sure to add the hastags #marchmatness2018 #thepilatespod #justhavefunandmove #progressnotperfection and don’t forget to use the right # for the name of the corresponding exercise for that day.
6. Spread the word!
Post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, YouTube, your blog, tell your friends…
Be sure to tag @thepilatespod on Facebook, on Twitter and on Instagram or we won’t know you are there! Or you can email us and we’ll share your posts
See you on the Mat!
Written by Michelle Smith
Owner, The Pilates Pod