total body workout

Energising workout

Active Pilates class designed to raise your heart rate whilst improving strength

  • Difficulty: Tough
  • Length: 36 minutes

This is a mat based class starting in standing then continuing down onto the mat. This class includes some exercises that may increase your heart rate so please stop or rest with a recovery stretch during the class as you feel you need to and only work to a level that you feel comfortable with.

This class includes:

  • Standing chest openings with heel raises
  • Squats with arm pulses
  • Backwards lunge
  • Roll downs
  • Pres ups with leg extended
  • Donkey kicks and fire hydrants
  • Child pose
  • Side plank
  • Tricep dips
  • Roll backs
  • Bridging with leg extension
  • Cycling legs
  • Scissors
  • Glute and hamstring stretches
  • Y stretch with spine twist

We start the class in standing and warm up with some chest openings and heel raises. We then begin to challenge our fitness and strength with some squats and backwards lunges. Rolling down into four point kneeling we work our upper body with some press ups – extending one leg for an extra challenge. We also work on some glute strengthening in this position with some fire hydrants and donkey kicks.

On our side we work our obliques with a side plank and again adding the optional challenge of a leg lift in this position as well. In sitting we strengthen through our arms a little more with some triceps dips. Rolling back onto our backs we continue to strengthen our core and abdominals with a bridge, cycling and scissors movements.

Cooling down with some gentle leg stretches on our backs and upper body stretches in sitting.

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  • Molly

    Any excellent new class! It’s so good to that Vicky does all the exercises with us. Her words of encouragement: “a few more”, “last few”, “last one”, “well done” really help.

  • Sue

    A good way of saving on the heating bills. Didn’t take long for me to warm up 🙂! Great class and could definitely feel which parts of the body were working hard. Thanks Vicky.

  • Astra

    Thanks Vicky. I expect I’ll feel a few underused muscles tomorrow. x

  • Fulvia

    Fab class, thanks so much Vicky! Good to see you out of breath sometimes 😀 …. I loved doing this with you!

  • Maggie

    Your balance in those reverse lunges is inspirational! I was SO wobbly.
    But your encouragement kept me at it and next time maybe I will be more stable.
    Thank you.

  • Mel

    Gosh what a class! To me it felt like a ‘tough’ one, but that probably shows my aerobic fitness is poor! Definitely feel like I’ve had a workout – phew!

    1. Vicky


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