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Lower back conditioning 05-19 mins

Lower back conditioning

Pilates class designed to help mobilise and strengthen around the lower back.

  • Difficulty: Easier
  • Length: 32 minutes

The class begins in standing then continues into four-point kneeling, our fronts and onto our backs. The class is suitable for most levels, but please remember to work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do. 

This class includes;

  • Standing ‘Y’ stretch and heel raises
  • Knee taps 
  • Squats 
  • Wood chop
  • Round the world 
  • Roll downs 
  • Four-point kneeling cat stretch 
  • Swimming with hand and leg taps
  • Thread the needle
  • Child pose stretch
  • Leg lift and hamstring curls 
  • Cobra stretch 
  • Bridging
  • One leg stretch
  • Scissors
  • Opposite arm and leg stretch
  • Rotation stretch 
  • Glute and hamstring stretches
  • Sitting spine twist 

The class begins in standing warming up our arms and legs with a ‘Y’ stretch and heel raises and knee taps. We then work our legs and glutes with some squats before stretching through our spines with a wood chop and round the world stretch. We then roll down and continue the class into four-point kneeling. 

In four-point kneeling we engage our core and lengthen through the body with a swimming exercise and then stretch our spines a little further with a cat stretch and thread the needle movements. Moving onto our fronts we engage our glutes and hamstrings with a leg lift and hamstring curls. We then move around onto our backs and engage our core further with a bridge, one leg stretch, scissors and opposite arm and leg stretch. Cooling down with a rotation stretch, glute and hamstring stretches. Finishing the class in sitting with a gentle spine twist. 

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Tough abs and core pilates class 05-19 mins

Challenging abs and core Pilates workout

Short but challenging class aimed to engage and strengthen our core and abdominal muscles

  • Difficulty: Tough
  • Length: 17 minutes

This is a short but challenging class aimed to engage and strengthen our core and abdominal muscles. The class begins with a few stretches in sitting then continues into four-point kneeling and onto our backs on the mat. Please remember to work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do. 

This class includes:

  • Sitting ‘Y’ stretch, side bend and spine twist
  • Four-point kneeling plank press
  • Fold and kick with forearm press
  • Chill pose
  • Full side bend 
  • Supine onto elbows one leg stretch 
  • Changement up and down
  • Double leg press with abdo prep
  • Criss- cross with leg lower
  • Rotation stretch 
  • Sitting mermaid stretch 

The class begins with a ‘Y’ stretch, side bend and spine twist sequence to stretch through the upper body. We then continue into four-point kneeling and challenge our abdominals and core with a plank press and fold and kick with forearm press. We then stretch out with a child pose stretch before moving into a full side bend movement. 

We then continue onto our backs starting onto our elbows with a one leg stretch, then working into our lower abdominal muscles with a changement up and down. Lowering onto our backs we engage our core and abdominals further with a double leg stretch and criss-cross and lower. We then cool down with a rotation stretch and finish in sitting with a mermaid stretch. 

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Gentle flow Pilates 05-19 mins

Gentle flow Pilates

Pilates class to gently stretch and move throughout the body

  • Difficulty: Easier
  • Length: 19 minutes

The class begins in sitting then continues onto our backs on the mat. The workout is suitable for most levels but as always please remember to work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do.

This class includes:

  • Sitting ‘Y’ stretch, side bend and tree hug sequence
  • Round the world stretch 
  • Half roll backs with arm scissors
  • Hip twist
  • One leg stretch
  • Double leg stretch
  • Arm circles with abo prep
  • Bridge with arm raises
  • Dynamic hamstring stretch
  • Rotation stretch
  • Sitting – spine twist and mermaid stretch

The class begins in sitting gently stretching our upper body with a ‘Y’ stretch, side bend and tree hug sequence followed by around the world stretch. We then continue in sitting and engage our abdominals with some half roll backs with arm scissors.

Moving down onto our backs on the mat we then engage our core with a hip twist and one leg stretch, then combine these two movements together on each side. We then work our arms and legs together with a double leg stretch, finishing the sequence with just are arms and added abdominal prep movement. We then stretch the back of our legs with a dynamic hamstring stretch. Cooling down with a rotation stretch and into sitting with a spine twist and mermaid stretch.

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get up and go Pilates class 05-19 mins

Get up and go Pilates class

Short mat-based class designed to move and stretch the body to get you up and ready for the day.

  • Difficulty: Easier
  • Length: 17 minutes

The class begins with some stretches in sitting then continues down on our backs on the mat. The class is suitable for most levels but as always please remember to work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do.

This class includes:

  • Sitting spine twist with arm raises
  • Upper body reaches
  • Round the world stretch
  • Hip twist with opposite arm opening
  • Double leg stretch
  • Abdo prep with one leg stretch and lower
  • Bridge with arm raises
  • Rotation stretch
  • Glute and hamstring stretches
  • Sitting arm reaches, side bend and tree hugs

The class begins with some gentle upper body stretches in sitting. We then continue the class down onto our backs and work to engage our core with our arms and legs together with a hip twist and arm opening and double leg stretch movement. We then strengthen our abdominals with an abdo prep and one leg stretch and lower, before mobilising the spine further with a bridge with arm raises. We then cool down with a rotation stretch of the spine and glute and hamstring stretches on our backs. Finishing the class into sitting with arm reaches, side bend and tree hug stretches.

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chair pilates class three 05-19 mins

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 05-19 mins

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 05-19 mins

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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Upper back release 05-19 mins

Upper back release

Pilates class designed to help stretch and release the muscles around our upper back

  • Difficulty: Easier
  • Length: 18 minutes

The upper back is often an area where we can feel tension and stiffness. Regular stretches can help improve this. The class begins in sitting then continues onto the mat into four-point kneeling and onto our backs. The class is suitable for most levels, but please always work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do.

This class includes:

  • Sitting bow and arrow stretch
  • Spine twist
  • Side bend and tree hug
  • Four-point kneeling cat stretch
  • Upper body rotation
  • Child pose and cobra stretches
  • Arm scissors
  • Double leg stretch
  • Bridging with arm raises
  • Sitting arm cross -over and upper body reaches

We begin in sitting with some upper body movements including a bow and arrow stretch and spine twist. We then stretch our upper back further with a combined side bend and tree hug movement.

We then continue into four-point kneeling onto the mat and mobilise our spines with a cat stretch, working on flexion and extension movements. We then continue with an upper body rotation stretch to improve our upper body rotation mobility. We then stretch further with child pose and cobra stretches.

Moving onto our backs we work on our arm movements with arm scissors then combine our arm and leg control with a double leg stretch. We then combine a bridge with arm raises to target our upper body mobility further. We then finish the class in sitting with an arm cross-over stretch and upper body reaches. 

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Rise and shine Pilates class 05-19 mins

Rise and shine Pilates class

Get up and going with this energising Pilates workout

  • Difficulty: Easier
  • Length: 23 minutes

This is a gentle paced mat class designed to help get your body stretched and energised. The class begins in standing then continues into four-point kneeling and onto our backs on the mat. The class includes exercises to work throughout the body so please always work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do.

This class includes:

  • Standing arm opening
  • ‘Y’ stretch with heel raises
  • Squats with heel raises
  • Side plie and side bend
  • Static lunge
  • Roll downs
  • Four-point kneeling cat stretch
  • Mini-press
  • Swimming
  • Child pose stretch
  • Leg pull in prone
  • Bridging with arm raises
  • One leg stretch with abdo prep
  • Rotation stretch
  • Glute/hamstring stretch
  • Sitting side bend and tree hug

We start with a gentle standing warm up to mobilise through our upper body with an arm opening and ‘Y’ stretch. We then continue to warm up into our legs with some squats and heel raises. We then stretch into a side plie and side bend movement before rotating into a static lunge position to work our legs. We then mobilise through the spine with some roll downs.

Continuing into four-point kneeling we stretch out through the spine further with a cat stretch then work on some upper body strength with a mini-press. We then strengthen our core with swimming and plank exercises. Moving onto the mat onto our backs we strengthen our core and abdominals further with a bridge and one leg stretch with abdo prep. We then cool down with a rotation stretch, glute and hamstring stretches before finishing in sitting with a side bend and tree hug movements.

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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.