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Get Moving Pilates calendar

Improve flexibility, general mobility and strength with this month-long Pilates calendar.

Our summer calendar focuses on stretches and exercises to get the whole body moving as well as continuing to build on strengthening our core muscles.

It is a programme designed to help keep you active and support you in doing the things you love to do. So…lets get moving!

This is a progressive calendar – starting with some more gentle classes before gradually increasing the level of intensity each week. Finishing with some tougher level classes that incorporate more challenging movements.

Please always work to a level that you feel comfortable and safe to do. I hope you enjoy it.

Week 1

get up and go Pilates class


Get up and go Pilates

NEW CLASS. This is a gentle paced class giving the body an all over workout.

(Easier, 36 minutes).

Go to class >
stretch and release Pilates


Stretch and release

Pilates class to help stretch out the body and release tension.

(Easier, 34 minutes).

Go to class >

Week 2

mobilise and strengthen Pilates


Mobilise and strengthen Pilates

NEW CLASS. Mat based class working to mobilise and strengthen throughout the body.

(Moderate, 43 minutes).

Go to class >
simple core control


Simple core control

Class designed to gently engage and strengthen our deep abdominal core and pelvic floor muscles.

(Easier, 34 minutes).

Go to class >
Mat pilates flow


Mat Pilates flow

Class following a sequence of exercises connecting upper and lower body movements together.

(Moderate, 27 minutes).

Go to class >

Week 3

Get moving Pilates


Get moving Pilates routine

Get up and at ’em with this all-over routine.

(Moderate, 39 minutes).

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total body Pilates workout


Total body Pilates workout

Whole body class including sequences to strengthen core muscles and mobilise through the spine.

(Moderate, 48 minutes).

Go to class >
Morning Pilates Flow


Morning Pilates flow

Short mat based class designed to help gently stretch and energise the body.

(Moderate, 18 minutes).

Go to class >

Week 4

Total movement and control Pilates


Total body movement and control

All over workout incorporating challenging movements and sequences.

(Tough, 44 minutes).

Go to class >
Mobility Pilates class


Full body mobility

Class focuses on stretching the whole body as well as working our core, glutes and upper body muscles.

(Moderate, 36 minutes).

Go to class >
Pilates flow


Pilates flow

Short Pilates workout challenging us from head to toe.

(Tough, 19 minutes).

Go to class >

Week 5

Total stretch and strengthen


Total body stretch and strengthen

Advanced full body workout incorporating a range of stretch and strengthening sequences.

(Tough, 42 minutes).

Go to class >
dynamic Pilates workout


Dynamic Pilates workout

Work to improve strength and fitness with this dynamic Pilates workout.

(Moderate, 35 minutes).

Go to class >
full body pilates blitz


Full body blitz

Class to put you through your paces. An all-over workout incorporating a series of core and abdominal sequences.

(Tough, 52 minutes).

Go to class >

Support Pilates Live

Pay what you feel

All of our classes are free of charge. But if you would like to make a contribution towards the running costs, that is much appreciated.

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Floating Pilates programme

Anti gravity Pilates movements and sequences – Learn how to undertake Pilates movements without the pull of gravity….

April fools 🙂

I can’t teach you how to escape the pull of gravity. But if you’d like to follow our latest month long Pilates calendar focusing on upper body and core strength and mobility you can find that here:

Upper body calendar Pilates blog

Upper body and core Pilates calendar

Our new spring calendar aims to mobilise and strengthen through the upper body as well as continuing to strengthen through our core and abdominal muscles. 

The calendar focuses on a range of exercise sequences that challenge our movement control and connect our upper body and lower limb movements together. The new classes in the calendar get progressively harder throughout the month and add new challenges each week. By week three we have the option of using some hand weights (0.5kg-1kg weights) during some of the exercises, but you can still do all the exercises without using a weight if you prefer. 

Please always work to a level that you feel comfortable and safe to do. I hope you enjoy it.

Week 1

simple upper body and core


Simple upper body and core Pilates class

Mobilise and strengthen through the upper body and core with this half-hour class
(Easier, 33 minutes).

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back strength and mobility


Back strength and mobility

Gently stretch and mobilise the spine with this mat based class.

(Easier, 27 minutes).

Go to class >
gentle upper body


Gentle upper body Pilates class

Mat based class focused on stretching and strengthening through the upper body.

(Easier, 24 minutes).

Go to class >

Week 2

upper body mobilise and strengthen


Upper body mobilise and strengthen

Class combines upper body and lower limb movements focusing on mobilisation and control.

(Easier, 39 minutes).

Go to class >
Morning Pilates Flow


Morning Pilates flow

Short mat based class designed to help gently stretch and energise the body.

(Moderate, 18 minutes).

Go to class >
Feel good Pilates


Feel good Pilates workout

All over workout to get your body working and feeling great.

(Moderate, 51 minutes).

Go to class >

Week 3

upper body and core control


Upper body and core control

Upper body and core focused class with option of hand weights to add extra challenge to movements.

(Moderate, 33 minutes).

Go to class >

sculpting core workout


Sculpting core workout

Mat based class working on strengthening our core and glute muscles.

(Moderate, 40 minutes).

Go to class >
Upper body Pilates workout


Upper body Pilates workout

Workout to strengthen and tone muscles throughout the upper body.

(Moderate, 30 minutes).

Go to class >

Week 4

upper body Pilates conditioning


Upper body and core conditioning

Class to challenge upper body and core strength.

(Tougher, 38 minutes).

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Neck and shoulders Pilates class


Neck and shoulders Pilates class

Mat based class working on neck and shoulder mobility and strength.

(Moderate, 29 minutes).

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Class-fit Pilates workout


Power up Pilates

Active Pilates class designed to raise your heart rate a little whilst improving strength and mobility.

(Moderate, 41 minutes).

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Week 5

tough upper body and core


Challenging upper body and core workout

Class working on upper body and core strength and control.

(Moderate, 36 minutes).

Go to class >
Neck and shoulders Pilates class


Core and upper body

Full length Pilates class giving an all over workout inclusive of upper body strengthening and mobility.

(Moderate, 49 minutes).

Go to class >
total body workout


Energising Pilates workout

Active Pilates class designed to raise your heart rate a little whilst improving strength and mobility.

(Tough, 36 minutes).

Go to class >

Pay what you feel

Support Pilates Live

All classes are provided for free so they’re accessible for everyone.
However, if you are enjoying the classes and would like to make a contribution, donations are much appreciated.
Thank you.

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Fitness focus Pilates calendar

This fitness-focused Pilates calendar mixes traditional Pilates sequences and fluid movements to raise the heart rate and build strength and mobility.

Set over the course of a month and offering 3 classes a week, this calendar utilises some of our favourite classes with new workouts specifically aimed to help improve fitness, strength and mobility.

The calendar is progressive, building in intensity and difficulty through the month and hopefully leave you feeling fitter and stronger!

It is important to note however, that although we aim to make our classes as accessible as possible, you should always ensure you go to a level you are comfortable with. In many classes different options are given to cater for a variety of abilities.

I do hope you enjoy the calendar. If you’d like to leave me a comment on the bottom of this page I’d love to hear how you’re getting on.


Week 1

Active Pilates workout


Active Pilates workout

Get your body moving with this active Pilates class.

(Moderate, 38 minutes).

Go to class >
Abs and core standing and mat work


Abs and core – standing and mat work

Abs and core core workout with a variety of movements and stretches.

(Easier, 30 minutes).

Go to class >
Feel good Pilates


Feel good Pilates workout

All over workout to get your body working and feeling great.

(Moderate, 51 minutes).

Go to class >


Week 2

Class-fit Pilates workout


Power up Pilates

Active Pilates class designed to raise your heart rate a little whilst improving strength and mobility.

(Moderate, 41 minutes).

Go to class >
ore and abs quick and intensive


Abs and core energiser

Short but challenging abs and core workout. Taking place on the mat.

(Easier, 18 minutes).

Go to class >


Core and upper body

All-over workout inclusive of upper body strengthening and mobility.

(Moderate, 49 minutes).

Go to class >


Week 3

dynamic Pilates workout


Dynamic Pilates workout

Work to improve strength and fitness with this dynamic Pilates workout.

(Moderate, 35 minutes).

Go to class >
Mat pilates flow


Mat Pilates flow

Mat based connecting upper and lower body movements.

(Moderate, 27 minutes).

Go to class >
Movement and control pilates class


Movement and control

Workout focusing on control, mobility and flexibility.

(Moderate, 37 minutes).

Go to class >


Week 4

total body workout


Energising workout

Active Pilates class designed to raise your heart rate whilst improving strength.

(Tough, 36 minutes).

Go to class >
Pilates flow


Pilates flow

Tough Pilates workout challenging us from head to toe.

(Tough, 19 minutes).

Go to class >
Full body tone and stretch


Full body tone and stretch

Variable all over workout suitable for most levels.

(Moderate, 49 minutes).

Go to class >


Week 5

challenging active Pilates class


Challenging active Pilates workout

Mat based class which challenges the whole body with a variety of exercise sequences.

(Tough, 39 minutes).

Go to class >
Tough Pilates flow


Challenging Pilates flow

Tough Pilates flow class in standing and on the mat.

(Tough, 26 minutes).

Go to class >

Support Pilates Live

Pay what you feel

All of our classes are free of charge. But if you would like to make a contribution towards the running costs, that is much appreciated.


Best classes of 2022 Pilates blog

Our most popular classes of 2021

As the year draws to a close we look back at the classes you liked the most.

We have such a wonderful community following Pilates Live. With a wide range of experience and interests and this is certainly reflected in which classes were the most followed and commented upon this year. If you haven’t tried some of the below, may be now is the time to try 🙂

Easier class:

Pilates for good posture

This is a mat based class working on areas of the body to support good posture. It focuses on stretching the spine and strengthening around the upper back and core muscles. 

Go to class >

Moderate class:

head to toe pilates

Full body mat based class working from our tops to our toes. This class includes both stretching and strengthening movements for lots of different areas of the body and has proven a firm favourite with many of you.

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Tougher class:

toning pilates class

This half hour toning workout is fairly recent but saw a lot of you trying it out and leaving some very positive feedback.

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Shorter class:

Pilates flow

Flowing sequences of Pilates movements to challenge us all over. This class was our first ‘flow’ class. Short but challenging.

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Half-hour class:

power pilates class

Tough mat based class giving an all-over work out. We’ve seen this class being followed time and again.

Go to class >

Longer class:

Movement and stability

Class focuses on movements to encourage lengthening of the spine and body as well as strengthening of our core and glute muscles. This class got a lot of positive feedback.

Go to class >

Relaxing class:

Pilates clcass to help relax

Enjoy this relaxed class designed to gently work your body and stretch your muscles. Ideal after a tiring or stressful day or before bed to help switch off and relax


…And if you don’t fancy any of these classes, you can search more classes on our ‘find a Pilates class‘ page.

I hope you enjoyed the classes this year and are looking forward to our 2022 classes – starting with a brand new Pilates calendar for January! I look forward to seeing you.

In the meantime, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Your feedback on our Pilates classes

We asked what we could do to improve our classes. Here’s what you said.

It is so important to us that we are providing you with the best classes possible. And your input is vital in making that possible. So a HUGE thank you to everyone who took the time to share your thoughts. We were really blown away by the response and have read every single comment and suggestion….it really means a lot being able to hear your experiences.

So. What was the feedback?

Preferred class length

The majority prefer classes lasting between 30-45 minutes. While a third of you like having all the options.

Looking ahead

Moving forward we will continue to create a range of classes. But will try to ensure there is plenty of classes in the 30-45 minute bracket.

Class difficulty

We asked if we’re categorising the classes correctly. Nearly 90% of you agreed that we are.

Looking ahead

It is important for us to continue creating a range of classes to suit everyone in our Pilates community. We’re really pleased we’re generally getting the difficulty levels correct. We will continue to create a range of of classes but maybe we’ll look to design a few tougher classes that are even more tough, to suit those who are very experienced and looking for more of a challenge.

Month long calendars

Last year we created a month-long Pilates calendar roughly every quarter. We asked how popular they were. It appears there is a real mix, with about 70% of you following them at least some of the time.

Looking ahead

Given that the calendars are generally popular we will continue creating them at the current rate – about 4 a year. We feel this gives a good mix for those that follow and enjoy the calendars as well as keeping a varied range of new classes for those that also like to choose.

Areas of the body

There is a real interest in more classes focusing on all areas of the body. It appears that classes focusing on the core, back and upper body a slightly more popular. (This question allowed you to select multiple options).

Looking ahead

As there is a desire to continue making classes that focus on all part so of the body, so we will continue to do so with perhaps a slight increase in core, back and upper body classes.

Using Pilates equipment

The desire for more classes using Pilates equipment is split almost 50-50

Looking ahead

Currently we do not have many classes available that utilise Pilates equipment. We will look to create more so there is a greater range for those that have that preference. Of course, well continue making plenty of new classes that do not rely on equipment too.

Types of equipment

For those interested in more classes using Pilates equipment, we asked what the preferences would be. There was a broad interest in all the equipment offered with a particular interest in more classes using the resistance band.

Looking ahead

We will look to provide more classes using all equipment. With a particular focus on providing new classes with the resistance band.

Other feedback

In addition to the options above there was also an option to write specific feedback and comments. Just to re-iterate we have gone through everything and taken on board these suggestions as well as been blown away by your comments! It is wonderful to hear how about your experiences of using the classes – so thank you so much for taking the time to let us know.

All the best and here’s to a fantastic 2022

Vicky

Autumn Pilates calendar Pilates blog

Core control and stability Pilates calendar

Core control and stability, progressive Pilates programme

Join us for our Autumn Pilates calendar.

The theme of this month’s calendar is core control.

Core stability relates to the region of the body that is bounded by the abdominal wall, the pelvis, the lower back and the diaphragm and its ability to stabilise the body during movement. This can often be thought of as the body’s natural corset. Ensuring core strength and stability is vital to ensure a healthy, sustainable movement for our daily lives as well as for exercise and sport.

As we work through the month we begin with easier classes, building in intensity throughout the month to challenge ourselves to a greater degree. As always, classes will include variations of difficulty – so please work to a level you are comfortable with, only progressing if you feel you are ready.

This calendar will follow our usual format of mixing brand new classes as well as utilising some of our old favourites.

I do hope you enjoy it. Please let me know in the comments at the bottom of the page.

Week 1

simple core control


Simple Core control

Mat based classes designed to gently engage and strengthen our deep abdominal core and pelvic floor muscles.

(Easier, 34 minutes).

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Pilates stretch workout


Pilates stretch workout

This easy stretching class has been designed to help mobilise the spine with some gentle stretches and lengthening exercises.

(Easier, 24 minutes).

Go to class >

Week 2

core and stretches Pilates class


Easy core and stretches

Stretch focused class with short sets of core and abdominal exercises.

(Easier, 16 minutes).

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gentle core strengthening


Gentle core strengthening

Full length core stability and pelvic floor muscle strength and control class.

(Easier, 48 minutes).

Go to class >
Mobility Pilates class


Full body mobility

Class focuses on stretching the whole body as well as working our core, glutes and upper body muscles.

(Moderate, 36 minutes).

Go to class >

Week 3

Core focus mat work Pilates


Core focused mat work class

Core focused workout in both sitting and on our backs on the mat.

(Moderate, 17 minutes).

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sculpting core workout


Sculpting core workout

Mat based class working on strengthening our core and glute muscles.

(Moderate, 40 minutes).

Go to class >
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Head to toe Pilates workout

Full body mat based class working from our tops to our toes.

(Moderate, 41 minutes).

Go to class >

Week 4

Movement and control pilates class


Movement and control Pilates workout

Workout focusing on mobility, flexibility and building core strength.

(Moderate, 37 minutes).

Go to class >
core muscle strength and control


Core muscle strength and control workout

Flowing class to test core muscle strength and control.

(Moderate, 33 minutes).

Go to class >
abs challenger


Abs and core challenger

Challenging abs and core Pilates workout in standing and on the mat.

(Tough, 28 minutes).

Go to class >

Week 5

Full length core and pelvic floor


Full length core and pelvic floor


Full length mat based class working on strengthening your pelvic floor and deep abdominal core muscles.

(Tough, 59 minutes).

Go to class >
ultimate core control


Ultimate core control

Tough mat based class working through movements to engage and challenge our deep abdominal core muscles.

(Tough, 43 minutes).

Go to class >

Support Pilates Live

Pay what you feel

All of our classes are free of charge. But if you would like to make a contribution towards the running costs, that is much appreciated.


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Flexibility and mobility Pilates calendar

Get up and get going with our summer Pilates calendar focusing on flexibility and mobility.

Working our way through this calendar we utilise a mix of brand new classes alongside some of our existing favourites to challenge, stretch and mobilise all areas of our body.

Throughout the month the series introduces a mix of class lengths and variations with an overall focus on improving mobility and flexibility.

Many of the classes offer variations of exercises to suit all levels and give you the opportunity to challenge yourself more throughout the month (should you wish to)

I hope you like it (feel free to leave a message at the bottom of this page).

Week 1


Movement and control pilates class


Movement and control

NEW CLASS. This class follows a range of sequences and movements to activate muscle groups across our back, legs, core and glutes.

(Moderate, 37 minutes).

Go to class >
Flexibility and mobility


Flexibility and mobility

Mobilise your body from head to toe. This class focuses on mobility to help improve your range of movement and flexibility

(Easier, 34 minutes).

Go to class >
upper body Pilates stretches


Upper body stretch and strengthen

This is a quick Pilates workout that mixes a strengthening with a great deal of stretching across the upper body.

(Easier, 22 minutes).

Go to class >

Week 2

flexibility and core stability


Flexibility and core strength

New class. Continues our theme of flexibility and mobility as well as aiming to challenge our core stability. 

(Moderate, 42 minutes).

Go to class >
Full body toning pilates class


Full body toning

This is a full body workout focusing on toning and strengthening.

(Moderate, 40 minutes).

Go to class >
stretch and relax pilates


Stretch and relax

mat based class which gently stretches the body from top to toe.

(Easier, 14 minutes).

Go to class >

Week 3

Movement and stability


Movement and stability

New class. Class focuses on movements to encourage lengthening of the spine and body as well as strengthening of our core.

(Moderate, 41 minutes).

Go to class >
Pilates for good posture


Pilates for good posture

Mat based class working on areas of the body to support good posture with a focus on our backs, core and upper body.

(Easier, 33 minutes).

Go to class >
Super stretchy Pilates class-t


Super stretchy Pilates class

This class works to stretch through our bodies, with specific focus on our back, leaving you feeling 2 inches taller :).

(Easier, 29 minutes).

Go to class >

Week 4

Mobility Pilates class


Full body mobility

New class. Class focuses on stretching the whole body as well as working our core, glutes and upper body muscles.

(Moderate, 36 minutes).

Go to class >
full body pilates blitz


Full body blitz

Class to put you through your paces. An all-over workout incorporating a series of core and abdominal sequences.

(Tough, 52 minutes).

Go to class >
Standing and stretching Pilates


Leg stretch and strengthen

Class focuses on strengthening and stretching our legs as well as engaging through our core.

(Moderate, 36 minutes).

Go to class >

Week 5

Top to toe Pilates


Head to toe Pilates workout

Full body mat based class working from our tops to our toes.

(Moderate, 41 minutes).

Go to class >
pilates core strengthening


Tone and stretch

Workout focusing on stretching the spine and strengthening core with lots of options to vary difficulty.

(Moderate, 26 minutes).

Go to class >

Support Pilates Live

Pay what you feel

All of our classes are free of charge. But if you would like to make a contribution towards the running costs, that is much appreciated.


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Improving posture and reducing back ache

With extended periods of time sitting at a desk staring into screens, many of us may have noticed our posture worsening. This can go on to cause back, neck or leg pain as well as potentially lead to other complications. In this blog I outline some Pilates-based movements and stretches that can work to improve our posture and reduce or prevent occurrences of posture-related pain.

Pilates aims to improve strength, flexibility and body alignment. These principles are why Pilates exercises are so beneficial in improving posture. Pilates exercises help to strengthen muscles that are responsible and contribute to good posture. Muscles that become tight or weak can lead to muscle imbalances and poor alignment of our spines.

We are designed to move so regular movement is key, especially if you spend long periods of time at a desk. Exercises that help to encourage movement though our spines as well as challenge and strengthen core muscles are a great way to improve your posture.

Pilates Swimming

Starting in a four point kneeling (all fours) position. Your knees should be directly under your hips and hands just slightly forwards to your shoulders. The elbows should be soft so the insides of the elbows are facing each other. Your head and neck should be long and aligned with the spine and the pelvis in a neutral position.

Swimming exercise

Inhale to prepare.

Exhale reaching your right arm forwards, at the same time reach the opposite leg away and off the mat as far as you can control.

Inhale and bring the leg and arm back to the start position.

Repeat alternating arms and legs.

More information and demonstration of swimming exercise

Bridging

Lying on your back with your knees bent, your feet approximately hip width apart on a foam roller and your arms down by your side. Keep your neck long and collar bones wide. Core engaged.

Bridging exercise

Take a breath in and on your outbreath engage your bottom (glute) muscles. Tilt your pelvis backwards (posteriorly) and gradually peel your spine off the matt and into a bridge position.

Inhale to hold this position and as your exhale slowly lower your spine back onto the mat.

More information and demonstration of bridging exercises

Plank position with leg lifts

Starting in a four point kneeling (all fours) position. Your knees should be directly under your hips, moving your hands another hands width in front of your shoulders.

Plank exercise with leg lifts

Hover knees approximately one inch off the mat then extend forwards to form a plank position. Inhale to hold this position.

Exhale lift one leg off the mat in alignment with the body, inhale to lower leg.

Repeat alternating legs for 4-6 times.

Exhale to lower back to the hover position then back onto the mat.

Spinal Rotation Stretch

This is a gentle movement and stretch to improve the flexibility of your spine.

Spine twist movement

In sitting either with your legs crossed or out in front, fold your arms at shoulder height. Breathe in to prepare. As you breathe out rotate your body around to one side, allowing your spine to rotate. Simultaneously rotate your neck to follow the movement. Breathe in to hold then as you breathe out bring your body and neck back to the centre. Repeat on the opposite side.

Child Pose stretch

This is a lovely stretch to relax and open out throughout your spine and your shoulders.

Child pose stretch

Kneeling on the floor with your knees hip width apart. Walk your hands forwards, lowering your torso down between your knees and sit back onto your heels. Slowly allow your forehead rest towards the floor. As your breather out relax your shoulders down towards the ground and drop into the stretch a little further.


Try a class to help posture

Pilates for better posture