Pilates am strengthening

Arm strengthening Pilates class

Short Pilates class combining upper body and core muscle strengthening.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 18 minutes

This is a short mat based class working on combining some upper body and core muscle strengthening. There is the option of using some hand weights during the class (I would recommend 0.5kg-1kg weights) but use what you feel comfortable and safe with. The class begins with a short standing warm up then continues into four-point kneeling and onto our backs.

This class includes:

  • Standing – bow and arrow stretch
  • Squats with arm pulses
  • Single leg stand with bicep curl and arm lift
  • Roll downs
  • Four-point kneeling arm reaches
  • Child pose stretch
  • Bridging with triceps curls
  • Hundreds
  • Lumbar rotation
  • Sitting – spine twist

We start in standing with a short warm up opening out through the chest and stretching the upper back with a bow and arrow stretch. We then combine some arm and leg movements with some squats with arm pulses. Then challenging our balance standing on one leg we add some bicep curls and arm lifts. We then roll down into four-point kneeling and work on some upper body control with some arm reaches, challenging our core with the opposite leg extended.

We then move onto our backs on the mat and combine some triceps curls with a bridge movement. Then challenge both abdominal and upper body strength with a hundreds exercise. Cooling down with a rotation stretch on the mat and a spine twist in sitting.

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  • Sue

    Wow…. I thought a nice quick class after doing the first class of week three. This one was a really excellent workout for me. Definitely need to work on my arm strength. Did check how heavy my weights were after doing the four point kneeling arm stretches!! 🙂 In fact, the weights were an extra dimension to all the exercises, which I enjoyed. Thank you Vicky.

  • Anne

    It was good to work my arms a bit more, I will remember the weights on future occasions too. My upper body strength has declined as I’ve got older, so it needs to be worked on. Thanks Vicky.

    1. Vicky

      Thanks Anne – glad you enjoyed the class. 🙂

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