Express Pilates abs

Express Pilates workout – Abdominal muscles

This is a short mat-based Pilates class focused on engaging and strengthening our abdominal muscles.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 13 minutes

The class begins with a few stretches in sitting, then continues into four-point kneeling, sitting and onto our backs on the mat. The exercises are designed to challenge our core and abdominal muscles but please remember to always work at a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do.

This class includes:

  • Sitting ‘Y’ stretch and pectoral muscle stretch
  • Four-point kneeling leg pull in prone
  • Child pose
  • Sitting oblique roll backs and half roll backs
  • Criss-cross
  • Scissors with abdo prep
  • Knee hugs
  • Rotation stretch
  • Sitting mermaid stretch

We start by sitting on the mat with some gentle upper body stretches designed to open out through the chest and upper back. Moving into four-point kneeling we challenge our core and abdominals with a leg pull in prone, adding some leg fold and stretch movements for another layer of difficulty.

We then move into sitting and continue to challenge our abdominal muscle strength and control with some oblique roll backs and half roll backs. Then rolling back down onto the mat on our backs we continue to engage and strengthen our abdominal muscles with a criss-cross, and scissors exercises. We then cool down with some knee hugs, rotation stretch and finish into sitting with a mermaid stretch.

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  • Gai

    Thank you. That one got me puffing!

  • Gai

    Thank you. That one got me puffing!

  • Rowena

    A really useful targeted class. My abs can tell they’ve worked hard! Thanks for another great workout.

  • Nic Hardie

    I’ve just linked together the glutes and abdo express classes – phew! Tough but very rewarding.
    Thanks Vicky x

    1. Vicky

      Well done Nicola. Hope you liked it!

  • Tom

    I do the Abdominal strength and endurance Pilates class each week and this is a good upade to that.

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