Challenging all over Pilates

Challenging all over Pilates workout

Challenging mat-based class designed to engage and strengthen muscles throughout the body.

  • Difficulty: Tough
  • Length: 33 minutes

The class begins in standing then continues onto the mat on our backs, into high kneeling and sitting. The class includes some quite difficult exercises, so please remember to always work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do.

This class includes:

  • Standing ‘Y’ stretch with heel raises
  • Single leg lift and stretch
  • Standing clam
  • Side plie squats with heel raises
  • Split squats
  • Side bend with side plie
  • Roll downs
  • Scissors
  • Single leg bridge
  • Abdo prep and criss-cross
  • Onto elbows double leg stretch
  • Cycling legs
  • High kneeling leg lift and fold and stretch
  • Sitting oblique roll backs
  • Roll backs and arm scissors
  • Supine dead bug
  • Rotation stretch
  • Glute and hamstring stretches
  • Sitting mermaid stretch

The class starts by warming up in standing with a ‘Y’ stretch and heel raises. We then challenge our balance and control with a leg lift and stretch and a standing clam. We then move into a side plie squat and add some heel raises for an extra challenge. Rotating our feet each side we work on our leg strength and control further with some split squats. We then mobilise our backs with some roll downs. Continuing onto our backs we then challenge our core with a single leg bridge. We then work our abdominals with an abdo prep and criss-cross movement then come up onto our elbows to challenge them a little more with a double leg stretch and cycling movements.

We then work to strengthen our glutes in high kneeling with a leg lift, fold and stretch and one leg circle. Then stretch out with a child pose stretch. Moving into sitting we work our abdominals a little further with some oblique roll backs and half roll backs with arm scissors. Rolling back onto the mat we then cool down with a dead bug, rotation and glute and hamstring stretches. Finishing with a mermaid stretch in sitting.

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  • Jo

    Thank you Vicky, this was a great class and I enjoyed the new sequences.

  • Sue

    You weren’t lying when you said this was a tough class! Sure I’ll feel the benefit in the next few days 🤣.

    1. Vicky


  • Madeline

    Great challenging class – the kneeling segment was tough!

  • Molly

    A good workout, supported as always by your cheerful encouragement.

  • Melissa

    Thanks for this short, tough class, Vicky. The movements in high kneeling aren’t even remotely possible for me (hips said no and the hips don’t lie) but I did them on my side up on my elbow instead (still really hard tbh!)

    1. Vicky

      Hips don’t lie :). Thanks for your comment Mel. Hope all well.

  • Karen Lanyon

    Many thanks for creating new classes. I love your tough workouts. I would love more focus on upper body strengthening, particularly incorporating weights into all your classes as an option please. Keep up the fantastic work.

    1. Vicky

      Thanks Karen. You may have already found this collection. But you can find all our classes focusing on upper body here: https://pilateslive.co.uk/all-pilates-classes/pilates-classes-for-upper-body/

  • fulvia

    Thank you Vicky, what a lovely challenging class!

  • Melissa

    A really great tough class!

  • Jane

    It was a tough class which I enjoyed. So refreshing to get new moves.

    1. Vicky

      Glad you enjoyed it Jane.

  • Derek

    Thank you Vicky. I enjoyed this challenging class. I did it two days running and it was definitely easier the second time.

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