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Pilates circle workout

Pilates circle workout

This is a mat-based class using the Pilates circle to add some variety and extra challenge

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 36 minutes

The class begins in standing then continues down on the mat onto our backs and into side lying.  There are some challenging exercise sequences in the class so please always work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do.

The class includes:

  • Standing spine twist with arm pulses
  • Side lunge with arm reach
  • Round the world stretch
  • Lunge to single leg stand
  • Roll downs
  • Bridge
  • Opposite arm and leg stretch
  • Single leg lower
  • Inner thigh squeezes
  • Criss-cross
  • Onto elbows Double leg stretch and circles
  • Modified leg lift sideways
  • Double leg lift
  • Arm opening stretch
  • Rotation stretch
  • Glute and hamstring stretches
  • Sitting arm reaches

The class begins in standing and warms up with a spine twist and side lunge with arm reaches. We then challenge our leg control and balance with a lunge to single leg stand. Moving down onto our backs on the mat we continue to use the Pilates circle to modify exercise such as bridge, opposite arm and leg stetch and single leg lower. We also use the circle to work into our inner thigh with some inner thigh squeezes,  and bring in some abdominal strengthening with a criss-cross movement. We then come onto our elbows and work our abdominals and core control further with some double leg stretches and circles.

Moving onto our sides we challenge our glute muscles with some leg lift sideways and double leg stretch exercises. Then open out through our chest and upper body with an arm opening stretch. Returning to our backs on the mat we then repeat a bridge movement, this time with arm raises and then gently stretch into rotation. We then stretch out our glute and hamstring muscles before finishing in sitting with some arm reaches. 

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2 COMMENTS
  • Sue
    Reply

    I really enjoyed the class. Found the series of 3 exercises before the arm opening stretch tough! Glad you commented on where it should be burning. It was!! 😅Thank you.

  • Ann
    Reply

    A really great challenging class that targets lots of muscle groups. Thank you.

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