Not sure if you know this, but it’s March now. And with March comes March MATness. In terms of sports-related insanity, March Madness gets too much credit. There are plenty of other months to get all crazy over where a ball goes. Paying a month long tribute to a mat however, not crazy at all.

The March MATness campaign is synchronized so that every day in March there’s a designated movement.

I’m not saying you’re lazy. I’m just saying that if someone created a world-wide social media campaign based on a series of exercises you can do while predominately lying on your back or belly, and if that someone happened to introduce it during the best sitting-on-the-couch-and-drinking-a-cold-one time of the year, well, that would interest you.

Good news: someone has made that dream come true. Benjamin Degenhardt is the mind behind the matness. His selfies of the traditional Pilates mat exercises in their original order began a viral conversation about the form, logic and intent behind each. Participants across the global Pilates community come together to share content related to Joseph Pilates’ traditional Mat exercises.

You don’t need any bells and whistles. Just a mat and a boatload of exercises–34 of them, to be exact.

Here’s the game plan: pick an exercise from the list, or go balls to the wall and work your way up to doing all 34. Then, tell no one. Even though it’s probably fine if you tell everyone. But “everyone” is the point here, really. Document it on one of 45 social media outlets, SnapChat, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope, etc. you get the idea. Contribute to the wealth of knowledge the World Wide Web has to offer, and be sure to hash tag it #MarchMATness2016.


First half: Hundred, Roll-up, Rollover, One Leg Circle, Rolling Back, One Leg Stretch, Double Leg Stretch.

Halftime: Spine Stretch, Rocker with Open Legs, Corkscrew, Saw, Swan Dive, One Leg Kick, Double Leg Kick.

Second half: Neck Pull, Scissors & Bicycle, Shoulder Bridge, Spine Twist, Jackknife, Sidekick, Teaser, Hip Twist.

Overtime: Swimming, Leg Pulls Front & Back, Kneeling Sidekick, Side Bend, Boomerang, Seal & Crab.

After-party: Rocking, Control Balance, Push-up.


Game over. You win. Pilates wins. It’s a win, win.
















March MATness exercise 16 #Bicycle


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Samantha Datz graduated from The University of Tampa with a BS in Exercise Science and Sports Studies. She is a fitness expert with a passion for motivating and inspiring others. Samantha’s versatile teaching style combines many fitness trends, keeping her on the cutting edge. Her certifications include Level II Peak Pilates Instructor, Xtend Barre™, TRX Suspension Training, SpringTone® and the CoreAlign® method. Today, Samantha’s business includes private training, small group training and teaching expert level fitness classes at New York’s elite Pilates studio Alycea Ungaro’s Real Pilates, as well as world renowned health clubs Reebok Sports Club/NY and The Sports Club/LA. Samantha’s regimen involves sports specific training, and post physical rehabilitation. She has trained top professional athletes such as Aubrey Huff of the San Francisco Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Reggie Brown. She has also trained celebrities such as Sir Ian McKellen and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Victoria’s Secret runway models, and dignitaries such as Prince Osman of Turkey. Samantha has appeared on various media outlets; she was showcased in South Tampa Magazine with “The Best of the Best Fitness Instructors” mentoring a competitor in the Biggest Loser Competition. She has been featured as a Pilates expert training co-hosts Jerry Penacoli and Cyndi Edwards of the nationally syndicated Daytime television show. Samantha’s newest endeavor is becoming the Fitness Director for Sharetheglam.com. Samantha’s fitness training means achieving fitness and balance on three levels: the emotional (The Mindset), the spiritual (The Motivation), and the physical (The Movement). She helps her clients reach their full potential by focusing her training on utilizing proper body mechanics when exercising to help the body operate at peak efficiency without hurting itself.Contact her at sDatz@sharetheglam.com!