challenging core and glutes

Challenging core and glute Pilates class

Short mat-based class focusing on challenging our core and glute muscle control.

  • Difficulty: Tough
  • Length: 23 minutes

We start the class in standing and warm up with some leg control movements then roll down into four-point kneeling to continue the class. The class includes some tough movements so please always work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do.

This class includes:

  • Standing chest opener with squats
  • Mermaid stretch
  • Speed skater
  • Forward lunge with one leg kick
  • Roll downs
  • Four-point kneeling donkey kicks and fire hydrants
  • Leg kicks into one leg circle
  • Child pose stretch
  • Plank with one leg kicks
  • Thread the needle
  • Pigeon pose glute stretch
  • Kneeling chest opener and breaststroke arm pulses

We start the class in standing and warm up through our legs and arms with a combined chest opening stretch and squats, then stretch through the spine a little more with a mermaid stretch in standing. We continue to warm up through our legs in standing challenging our control with a speed skater and lunge with a one leg kick exercises.

We then roll down into four-point kneeling and work our core and glute control with donkey kick and fire hydrant movements. We continue in this position and work onto our elbows with some leg kicks and one leg circles. After stretching out into a child pose stretch, we continue in four-point kneeling with a plank, adding in some one leg kicks for an extra challenge! Cooling down we stretch through the upper body with a thread the needle movement and our glutes with a pigeon pose stretch. Finishing the class in kneeling with a chest opener and combined breaststroke pulses.  

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  • Tom

    Brilliant Class. this time length fits perfectly into my day, the excises and stretches are nicely challenging to get the heart rate up! thank-you

  • Roz

    That was a tough class Vicky! I think because some of the exercises were new I found it hard to keep up & I certainly couldn’t get as low as you with the side lunge/curtsey one…

  • Samantha

    Superb class, excellent combination. Love your attention to breathing and control in all your classes. Outstanding teacher.

  • Molly

    An excellent short class – perfect for what I needed today! Thank you.

  • Mel

    I’m trying to activate and strengthen my glutes at the moment, as hip bursitis is keeping me from running. Going by the DOMS the day after this class, it’s definitely hitting the spot! And a nice side effect is that it gets my heart rate up too, which is good as I’m missing out on aerobic exercise. Thanks Vicky, I’ll be repeating this class and hoping for buns of steel by Christmas.

    1. Vicky

      Haha. Thanks for your lovely comment. Glad the class is working for you 🙂

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