challenging active Pilates class

Challenging active Pilates workout

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

  • Difficulty: Tough
  • Length: 39 minutes

The class includes some tough exercises that work to strengthen the upper body and core muscles. Starting in standing we warm up and begin to challenge our leg control before continuing the class down onto the mat. This class includes some exercises that may increase your heart rate so please stop or rest with a recovery stretch during the class as you feel you need to and only work to a level that you feel comfortable with.

This class includes:

  • ‘Y’ stretch in standing with heel raises
  • Squats with leg lift sideways- side plie with arm openings
  • Lunges
  • Plank and Pike
  • Tricep fold kick
  • Cobra stretch
  • Swan dive with arm reaches
  • Side kick
  • Leg lift sideways
  • One leg stretch with abdo prep
  • Hundreds
  • Glute and hamstring stretches
  • Sitting ‘Y’ stretch
  • Spine twist

The class starts in standing warming up though the upper body and legs with a ‘Y’ stretch with heel raises. We then begin to challenge our balance and control with forwards reaches and lunges. Stretching in between with some arm openings and side stretches. We then roll down onto the matt to continue the class and begin to strengthening into our upper body with a plank, pike and tricep fold kick movements.

Dropping down onto our fronts on the mat with then stretch into extension with a cobra stretch before challenging our upper body further with a swan dive. Moving around onto our sides we work our glutes with a side kick and leg lift sideways movements.

We then continue the class onto our backs and bring in some abdominal strengthening with movements including hundreds and one leg stretch. We then cool down with some leg and lower back stretches and some gentle upper body stretches in sitting.

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  • Molly

    A really excellent set of exercises. Thanks for a class which prepares me to resist being blown away by a winter wind!

    1. Vicky

      Thanks Molly. Hoping you don’t get blown away too far 🙂

  • Sue

    Another great class. The smile (or should I say grimace) was definitely telling on which side of the body needed more stretching! Thank you. I can definitely feel I’ve done a work out.😊

  • Ludovica

    Tough one but feeling better for having stuck with it until the end! Thanks, Vicky 🙂

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