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Core and upper body

Core, pelvic floor and upper body workout

Core focused Pilates class suitable for multiple levels

This class is a 25 minute workout focusing on engaging our pelvic floor and deep abdominal core muscles as well as the control and stability of our upper bodies.

The class begins in standing as we warm up through our legs and upper body. Rolling down into four point kneeling we then work on our upper body stability and abdominals with leg pull in prone exercise.

Moving around onto our backs on to the mat we practice our ‘move of the month’ – the one leg stretch exercise as well as challenge our upper body control with some arm scissors before finishing the class with some leg stretches.

PLEASE NOTE – this class is part of a related series, specifically looking to work on improving the body’s lumbo-pelvic control through the one leg stretch exercise.

The class can be enjoyed by itself or as part of the series. This is class four of four of the series. Other classes in the series include:

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7 COMMENTS
  • kajharry@me.com
    Reply

    Thank you Vicky. I really enjoy all your classes and I’m finding them a positive part of my weekly routine

  • Rose
    Reply

    Hi Vicky,

    Thanks very much for the July series, it has kept me motivated over the last 4 weeks.
    I have found it both challenging and enjoyable.
    Thanks again.
    Stay safe
    Rose

  • Cathy Wilson
    Reply

    Thanks Vicky
    I have Freiberg’s Disease which makes it difficult to go up on the toes of one foot or do plank-type movements (except by balancing on the front of my ankle). Any chance you could sometimes suggest workarounds for common foot, knee and hip problems? I’ll fully understand if you say you can’t possibly cater for everyone’s differently creaking joints…!!
    Cathy

    1. Vicky
      Reply

      Hi Cathy, thanks for your message. Unfortunately, it is difficult to cater to everyone’s individual needs which is why I try to offer different levels to many of the exercises in the classes and always recommend that you only do the exercises that you feel comfortable with. It is difficult to advise an alternative to going up onto your toes as with what you describe weight bearing on your toes is difficult. Sometimes using the small pillow block (1 inch) or rolled up towel under your forefoot when in four point kneeling can be more comfortable on your feet, as something to try! I hope you continue to enjoy the classes that we have. best wishes, Vicky

  • Rose
    Reply

    Hi Vicky,

    Thanks for a great class.

    Stay safe

    Rose

  • Jane Ball
    Reply

    Hi Vicky
    I have just completed this 4 part series, and thoroughly enjoyed it!! I have been doing Pilates for 3 and half years since having physio on my back. When my Pilates teacher stopped teaching classes that I could attend especially during lockdown, I thought that was it, I struggled to create my own routines and motivate myself at home, and boy has my back and knees suffered for it!! But I must say that I am so glad I found this site, Vicky you have nailed it!! I felt you was in the room encouraging me and the routines are so well thought out and explained. My back and movement is already a lot better after those 4 sessions so I will be moving on to do more. I feel everybody should have the opportunity to do Pilates so keep up the good work and will be recommending you to others that struggle to get to classes. Thanks again.

    1. Vicky
      Reply

      Thank you Jane for your lovely comment. So pleased you’re enjoying the classes 🙂

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