challenging core Pilates class

Challenging core Pilates class

Tough mat-based class designed to strengthen and challenge our core and abdominal muscles

  • Difficulty: Tough
  • Length: 28 minutes

The class begins with a few stretches in sitting then continues into four-point kneeling, side lying and onto our backs. The class includes some difficult exercise sequences so please always remember to work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do.

The class includes:

  • Sitting spine twist
  • Seated arm reach
  • Upper body stretch
  • Four-point kneeling cat stretch
  • Plank with leg twist
  • Rotating plank to side plank
  • Child pose stretch
  • Leg fold stretch and lower
  • Side lying leg lift sideways
  • Double leg twist and lift
  • Double leg lift and split legs
  • Bridging with leg extension
  • Scissors level 5
  • Combined abdo prep and leg stretch with criss-cross
  • Hundreds
  • Rotation stretch
  • Glute and hamstring stretches
  • Sitting mermaid stretch

The class begins with a few gentle stretches in sitting.  We then move into four-point kneeling and warm up a little more with a cat stretch then challenge our core, abdominals and upper body with a plank with leg twist and a rotating plank to side plank. We then move onto our elbow and work our core and glutes with a leg fold, stretch and lower.

Moving onto our sides we engage and strengthen our glutes with a leg lift sideways. Continuing onto our sides we challenge our core with a double leg twist and lift and double leg lift with split legs. We then continue onto our backs strengthening our core and abdominals with a bridge, scissors, criss-cross and hundreds movements. We then cool down with a rotation stretch, glute and hamstring stretch. Finishing in sitting with a mermaid stretch.

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  • Teresa

    Great class..love the scissors..and double leg twist. Thankyou

  • Niki

    Lovely tough class. Really enjoyed it. Thanks

  • Frankie Martin

    Just done this one.
    Well, we asked for tougher, we wanted to see a bigger difference betwen moderate and tough, you certainly have delivered! Thank you.
    It has made me realise how old I am getting though… just about coped… but thoroughly enjoyed beig stretched! Thank you! Frankie.

  • Sue

    I found the ‘rotating plank’ and ‘double leg lift and twist’ challenging. A tough but achievable class. Thank you Vicky.

  • Molly

    A good new class – a bit more challenging and very enjoyable. Thank you!

  • Kate

    Thanks Vicky! You’rre so lovely. I enjoy your classes so much

  • Wendy

    Hello Vicky. I did this class with enjoyment today. I would like an alternative exercise to the double leg twist and lift, please. I have very little padding around the pelvic girdle and it is painful to roll onto what feels like bare bone in order to perform the exercise as demonstrated. The class was enjoyable and challenging, for which thanks.

    1. Vicky

      Hello Wendy, thanks for your comment I am glad you enjoyed the class. I would say the best alternative to the double leg twist and lift in this class would be a side bend/ side plank as this works similar muscle groups but there isn’t the pressure on your pelvis. Here is a description of the side plank/side bend exercise https://pilateslive.co.uk/pilates-exercises/pilates-exercises-the-side-plank/ Best wishes, Vicky

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