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easy abs pilates

Easy abs Pilates class

Simple class working to engage and strengthen the abdominal muscles

  • Difficulty: Easier
  • Length: 33 minutes

The class begins in standing then continues into four-point kneeling, onto our backs and sides on the mat. The classes are suitable for most levels but please always remember to work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do. 

The class includes: 

  • Standing toy soldier
  • Standing abdominal curl 
  • Balance series
  • Abdominal curl fold and stretch
  • Standing arm opening
  • Roll downs
  • Four-pint kneeling cat stretch
  • Leg pull in prone 
  • Leg fold and stretch 
  • Child pose stretch 
  • One leg stretch with abdo prep 
  • Criss-cross
  • Scissors
  • Hundreds
  • Side lying abdominal fold and stretch 
  • Opposite arm and leg stretch 
  • Glute/piriformis stretch 
  • Sitting ‘Y’ stretch and mermaid stretches

The class begins in standing warming up our arms and legs with a toy soldier movement. We then begin to engage our abdominal muscles with a standing abdominal curl, balance series and fold and stretch movements. We then mobilise our spines with a standing arm opening movement and roll downs. 

We then continue the class down into four-point kneeling beginning with a gentle cat stretch then engage our abdominal muscles with a leg pull in prone movement. Moving down onto our elbows we then engage our core and glute muscles with a leg fold and stretch movement. 

Moving down onto our backs we continue to engage and strengthen our abdominal muscles with a one leg stretch and abdo prep, criss-cross, scissors and hundreds movements. Onto our sides we work our abdominal muscles a little further with a fold and stretch movement before stretching out with an opposite arm and leg stretch movement. We then cool down with a glute stretch on our backs and in sitting with a ‘Y’ and mermaid stretch. 

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7 COMMENTS
  • Ronya
    Reply

    Another great class, Vicky.

    Just to say, though, an alternative ‘take’ of the opening shot seems to have been edited onto the end of the video by mistake.. look at the last minute or so of the YouTube upload and you’ll see what I mean!
    Thanks again for all the great videos.

    Ronya

    1. Vicky
      Reply

      Hi Ronya, thanks for your comment. I see what you mean (whoops!) I have re-uploaded 🙂

      All best
      Vicky

  • Heidi
    Reply

    Thank you Vicky for the lovely and relaxing class. I am new to pilates and have spondylosis teasing me in the lowest par of my spine and trying to find new softer ways to do workout than running and weights. I really enjoyed this and will go through your other classes as well.

    With Love,
    Heidi

  • Gwyneth
    Reply

    I am so thankful I found you! I have had excruciating lower back pain for years due to accute diastasis recti from 4 pregnancies. Gym workouts have only exacerbated the problem, and without the budget for the expensive training subscriptions I thought I would never find support. After 2 of your workouts I can already feel my abdominals waking up from their slumber. THANK YOU!

    1. Vicky
      Reply

      Thank you for your lovely comment. I hope the classes can continue to help, best wishes, Vicky

  • Anne
    Reply

    Thanks Vicky, I have been out of action for a couple of months with a frozen shoulder. Following a steroid injection and some daily exercises, I am just about back in the game, and was able to follow this class pretty much all the way through. I feel much better after the workout now.

    1. Vicky
      Reply

      Thanks Anne. Sorry you’ve to hear about your shoulder 🙁

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