core and upper body Pilates

Core and upper body Pilates workout

Full length Pilates class giving an all over workout inclusive of upper body strengthening and mobility

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 49 minutes

This class is a full body work out focusing on exercises that strengthen the abdominal muscles, deep abdominal core muscles, glute muscles, as well as some upper body strength and mobility work. This class is an intermediate level class but where possible easier and more advanced options are shown, so please work to a level that you feel comfortable with. This class includes:

  • Standing bow and arrow stretch
  • Standing side leg lift
  • Standing balance series
  • Roll down with cat stretch
  • Hip twist
  • Scissors
  • Double leg stretch
  • Criss-cross
  • Sitting leg pull in supine
  • Half roll back
  • Side kick
  • Leg lift and lower
  • Arm opening stretch
  • Glute and hamstring muscle stretches
  • Mermaid and spine twist in sitting

We start the class by warming up in standing with a gentle upper body stretch and balance series. We then warm up through our legs with a leg lift and lunge in standing. Then mobilising our spine with a side bend and roll down stretches.

Moving onto our backs we begin to work on strengthening our core and abdominal muscles with exercises including, scissors, double leg stretch, Bridging and criss-cross exercises. Moving down onto our side we then challenge our core and glute muscles a little more with a side kick and lift and lower movements.

We then begin to cool down with some lower back, glute and hamstring stretches before finishing with some upper body stretches in sitting.

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  • Andrea

    Many thanks Vicky – was feeling as “Ughhh” as the weather here in N.I. Lifted my mood and my energy levels. Excellent class.

  • Petra Townsend

    Loved this workout!!!

  • Sue

    Wet in Wales as well….but class lifted my mood also. It flew by! Thank you.

  • Vidhu Gupta

    Brilliant Workout! Showed me how much out of shape I was! 🙂 Loved it – thank you!

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