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challenging core Pilates class Half hour Pilates classes

Challenging core Pilates class

Tough mat-based class designed to strengthen and challenge our core and abdominal muscles

  • Difficulty: Tough
  • Length: 28 minutes

The class begins with a few stretches in sitting then continues into four-point kneeling, side lying and onto our backs. The class includes some difficult exercise sequences so please always remember to work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do.

The class includes:

  • Sitting spine twist
  • Seated arm reach
  • Upper body stretch
  • Four-point kneeling cat stretch
  • Plank with leg twist
  • Rotating plank to side plank
  • Child pose stretch
  • Leg fold stretch and lower
  • Side lying leg lift sideways
  • Double leg twist and lift
  • Double leg lift and split legs
  • Bridging with leg extension
  • Scissors level 5
  • Combined abdo prep and leg stretch with criss-cross
  • Hundreds
  • Rotation stretch
  • Glute and hamstring stretches
  • Sitting mermaid stretch

The class begins with a few gentle stretches in sitting.  We then move into four-point kneeling and warm up a little more with a cat stretch then challenge our core, abdominals and upper body with a plank with leg twist and a rotating plank to side plank. We then move onto our elbow and work our core and glutes with a leg fold, stretch and lower.

Moving onto our sides we engage and strengthen our glutes with a leg lift sideways. Continuing onto our sides we challenge our core with a double leg twist and lift and double leg lift with split legs. We then continue onto our backs strengthening our core and abdominals with a bridge, scissors, criss-cross and hundreds movements. We then cool down with a rotation stretch, glute and hamstring stretch. Finishing in sitting with a mermaid stretch.

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Full body resistance band Pilates workout

Full body Pilates class using the resistance band to add some variety and challenge to our exercises

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 43 minutes

The class begins in standing then continues onto our sides, backs and into sitting. The class includes a range of exercises but please always remember to work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do. 

This class includes: 

  • Standing arm and heel raises
  • Shoulder press and squat
  • Side plie and side bend 
  • Forward reaches
  • Bicep curls 
  • Triceps curls
  • Roll downs
  • Side lying side kick and leg lift
  • Clam 
  • Arm opening
  • One leg stretch
  • One leg circle
  • Double leg stretch with abdo prep
  • Criss-cross
  • Bridging with arm raises
  • Rotation stretch
  • Sitting shoulder row
  • Oblique roll backs
  • Spine twist
  • Opposite arm and leg 
  • Glute and hamstring stretches
  • Sitting chest opening and mermaid stretches

 The class begins in standing warming up our arms and legs with arm and heel raises. We then begin to challenge our upper body strength and control using the resistance band with shoulder press, side plie with arm reaches, biceps and triceps curls. We also challenge our balance with some forward reaches. We then roll down and continue the class onto our sides on the mat. 

Onto our sides we strengthen our glute muscles with a side kick and clam movements. Staying on our sides we also mobilise our upper body with an arm opening stretch. We then move onto our backs and continue the class. Using the band around our feet to begin with we work our leg and control with a one leg stretch and lower, one leg circle and double leg stretch with abdo prep. We then use the band between our hands for a criss-cross and bridge with arm raises. 

Moving into sitting we continue to work our upper body with the band with a shoulder row, then challenge our abdominals further with an oblique roll back. We then begin to cool down with a spine twist, then onto our backs with an opposite arm and leg stretch, glute and hamstring stretches. Finishing the class in sitting with a chest opening and mermaid stretch. 

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full body Pilates fusion Half hour Pilates classes

Full body fusion Pilates class

Flow class designed to challenge the body throughout

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 36 minutes

This is a mat-based Pilates flow class designed to challenge the body with a range of exercise sequences to work throughout the body. The class begins in standing then continues down onto our fronts, sides, sitting and onto our backs. The class does include some challenging exercises so please remember to always work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do. 

This call includes:

We begin the class in standing and we warm up our arms and legs with standing arm reaches and side bend with heel raises. We continue to work our legs and arms together with side lung and side-plie movements. We then roll down and move onto our fronts to continue the class. 

On our fronts we continue working our arms and legs with a swimming movement and challenge our core with some flutter kicks. We then stretch our spines with a cobra and child pose stretch. Moving onto our sides we work on our glute muscle strength and control with a one leg circle and side kick movements. 

Coming up into sitting we challenge our upper body strength with a leg pull in supine and triceps dips. We then mobilise our upper body with a round the world stretch. We then move down onto our backs and continue to combine our arm and leg movements with a double leg stretch, bridge with scissor legs and a criss-cross movement. 

We then cool down with a rotation stretch, glute and hamstring stretches. Finishing the class in sitting with upper-body reaches and mermaid stretches. 

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All classes are provided for free so they’re accessible for everyone.
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Easy abs Pilates class

Simple class working to engage and strengthen the abdominal muscles

  • Difficulty: Easier
  • Length: 33 minutes

The class begins in standing then continues into four-point kneeling, onto our backs and sides on the mat. The classes are suitable for most levels but please always remember to work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do. 

The class includes: 

  • Standing toy soldier
  • Standing abdominal curl 
  • Balance series
  • Abdominal curl fold and stretch
  • Standing arm opening
  • Roll downs
  • Four-pint kneeling cat stretch
  • Leg pull in prone 
  • Leg fold and stretch 
  • Child pose stretch 
  • One leg stretch with abdo prep 
  • Criss-cross
  • Scissors
  • Hundreds
  • Side lying abdominal fold and stretch 
  • Opposite arm and leg stretch 
  • Glute/piriformis stretch 
  • Sitting ‘Y’ stretch and mermaid stretches

The class begins in standing warming up our arms and legs with a toy soldier movement. We then begin to engage our abdominal muscles with a standing abdominal curl, balance series and fold and stretch movements. We then mobilise our spines with a standing arm opening movement and roll downs. 

We then continue the class down into four-point kneeling beginning with a gentle cat stretch then engage our abdominal muscles with a leg pull in prone movement. Moving down onto our elbows we then engage our core and glute muscles with a leg fold and stretch movement. 

Moving down onto our backs we continue to engage and strengthen our abdominal muscles with a one leg stretch and abdo prep, criss-cross, scissors and hundreds movements. Onto our sides we work our abdominal muscles a little further with a fold and stretch movement before stretching out with an opposite arm and leg stretch movement. We then cool down with a glute stretch on our backs and in sitting with a ‘Y’ and mermaid stretch. 

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All classes are provided for free so they’re accessible for everyone.
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Chair Pilates – class three

Chair-based Pilates class using hand weights to add variety and extra challenge

  • Difficulty: Easier
  • Length: 12 minutes

The class includes hand weights for some of the exercises in the class, but this is optional. I would recommend weights about 0.5-1kg in weight as a guide but please use whatever you feel comfortable with. If you do not have any weights, then just grab a tin, or jar out the cupboard that you can comfortably hold in your hand. If possible, use a chair without arms and try to avoid leaning back into the chair during the class if you are able. The class is suitable for most levels but as always work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do.

This class includes:

  • Toy soldier with option of hand weights
  • Combined arm lift and chest press with option of hand weights
  • Bicep curl and opposite leg stretch with option of hand weights
  • Abdominal curl with option of hand weights
  • Tricep curl with option of hand weights
  • Alternate arm fold and stretch with option of hand weights
  • Side plie side bend stretch
  • Shoulder rolls and neck stretch
  • Roll downs

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Chair Pilates – class two

Second in our chair-based Pilates class series. Mobilise and gently strengthen muscles throughout the body

  • Difficulty: Easier
  • Length: 12 minutes

If possible, use a chair without arms and try to avoid leaning back into the chair during the class if you are able. The class is suitable for most levels but as always work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do.

This class includes:

  • Spine twist
  • Chest opening with arm circles
  • Seated scissors with opposite arm stretch
  • Side plie stretch and rotation
  • Single leg stretch with pulses
  • Seated criss-cross
  • Seated roll backs
  • Seated hamstring stretch
  • Roll downs
  • Upper body reaches

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Chair Pilates – class one

This is a seated chair-based Pilates class, aimed to mobilise and gently strengthen muscles throughout the body

  • Difficulty: Easier
  • Length: 11 minutes

If possible, use a chair without arms and try to avoid leaning back into the chair during the class if you are able. The class is suitable for most levels but as always work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do.

This class includes:

  • Neck stretches
  • Combined side bend and tree hugs
  • Knee extension with opposite arm stretch
  • Sideways toe tap
  • Upper body rotation stretch
  • Abdominal curl
  • Seated roll backs
  • Seated mermaid stretch
  • Roll downs

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All classes are provided for free so they’re accessible for everyone.
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Pilates body blitz Half hour Pilates classes

Pilates body Blitz

Challenge strength and control throughout the body

  • Difficulty: Tough
  • Length: 35 minutes

The class begins in standing then continues onto our fronts, sides and onto our backs. There are some challenge exercise sequences included in the class so please remember to always work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do.

This class includes:

  • Standing side bend with heel raises
  • Squats with arm pulses
  • Abdominal curl
  • Standing donkey kicks
  • Backwards lunge and leg drive forward
  • Roll downs
  • Hamstring curls
  • One leg kick
  • Swan dive
  • Cobra stretch
  • Onto elbows toe taps
  • Side bend with clam
  • Scissors with abdo prep
  • Criss-cross
  • Bridge with leg stretch
  • Double leg stretch
  • Rotation stretch
  • Glute and hamstring stretches
  • Sitting side bend and tree hug

The class starts in standing warming up through our arms and legs with a combined side bend and heel raises and squats with arm pulses. We then work on our muscle strength and control with a abdominal curl and standing donkey kicks. Continuing in standing we work on our balance and muscle control with a backwards lunge and leg drive forward. We then roll down and continue the class onto our fronts on the mat.

On our fronts we begin by working our legs with some hamstring curls and a one leg kick. We then challenge our upper body with a swan dive. Moving around onto our sides we come up onto our elbow to work our upper body as well with a toe tap and side bend movements. Onto our backs on the mat, we then work on strengthening our core and abdominal muscles with a scissors, criss-cross, bridge and double leg stretch movements. We then cool down with a rotation stretch, glute and hamstring stretches. Finishing in sitting with a side bend and tree hug stretch.

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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.

Energise and strengthen Pilates Long Pilates classes

Energise and strengthen Pilates class

Challenging class working on mobilising and strengthening throughout the body

  • Difficulty: Tough
  • Length: 44 minutes

The class begins in standing then continues into four-point kneeling, onto our backs and sides on the mat. There are some more difficult exercises included in the class so please remember to always work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do.

This class includes:

  • Standing ‘Y’ stretch
  • Standing scissors
  • Squats with bottom kicks
  • Forward lunge
  • Leg lift
  • Roll downs
  • Four-point kneeling tail swish
  • Donkey kicks
  • Leg pull in prone with side step
  • Child pose
  • Leg lower and lift
  • Double leg stretch
  • Hundreds
  • Cycling legs
  • Side lying side kick
  • Double leg lift with split legs
  • Onto elbow leg lift sideways
  • Arm opening
  • Rotation stretch
  • Glute/hamstring stretch
  • Sitting upper body reaches

 The class begins in standing warming up through our arms with a ‘Y’ stretch then continue to work our legs with standing scissors, squats with bottom kicks and lunges. We also challenge our balance and control with some leg lifts then roll down into four-point kneeling to continue the class. In four-point kneeling we start by mobilising our pelvis and spines with a tail swish then strengthen our glute muscles with some donkey kicks. We then challenge our upper body and core with a leg pull in prone with side steps.

Moving onto our backs onto the mat we challenge our core with a double leg stretch and strengthen our abdominal muscles with hundreds and cycling exercises. Changing positions onto our sides we work our glutes further with a side kick and double leg lift with split legs. Then onto our elbow continue to strengthen our glutes with a leg lift sideways. We then stretch and mobilise through our upper back with an arm opening stretch. Then cool down on our backs with a rotation stretch, glute and hamstring stretches. Finishing in sitting with some upper body reaches.

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.