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
- 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.