resistance band pilates workout

Resistance band workout

Challenging resistance band workout

This class is a mat based class using the resistance band. In this class we use the resistance band to modify some of our favourite Pilates moves and challenge our muscles a little more!

  • The class includes:
  • Standing pendular movement
  • Lunge with rotation
  • Squats with arm reaches
  • Bridging with leg extension
  • Double leg extension against the band
  • One leg stretch with arm lifts
  • One leg circle
  • Glute stretch
  • Mermaid stretch

This class starts in standing and uses the resistance band to work both our upper and lower body control. Combining some upper body rotations with lunges as well as some arm and leg extensions for a full body flow. Mobilising the spine with some roll downs before we continue the class on our backs on the mat.

On the mat we challenge our abdominals with double leg extension against the band. Combining a dynamic hamstring stretch with a bridge for an extra challenge on our glute muscles.

We then work on our lumbo-pelvic control with a one leg stretch, modified using the resistance band. Using the band in our hands we combine arm raises with a one leg stretch to again bring in a full body flow.

Finally finishing the class stretching our spines and glute muscles.

  • jillg

    Thank you – another great class. I really need to work on my balance for those first exercises!

  • Gill

    Brilliant class! Love resistance band workouts.

  • Marged

    Excellent class Vicky ,thank you

  • Gill

    Thanks Vicky, I really enjoyed working with a resistance band for this class as it provided a bit of variety. I also felt safer strengthening my muscles using the resistance band, as using weights can sometimes put too much pressure on my lower back. I would love to see more of these classes.

  • monica

    Hi Vicky could you advice me on what resistance band I need to buy for this class please ? Length and thickness etc. Also is there any other equipment you would recommend, and where is the best place to buy it ?



    1. Vicky

      Hi Monica, resistance bands tend to come in different strengths so depends on your level really but I would say a light or medium strength band would be suitable. They should come in a suitable length but usually at least 1 -1.5 metre in length. I normally buy my equipment from the following website as it has good quality products https://shop.appihealthgroup.com/product-category/small-equipment/resistance-bands-circles/. A Pilates block is often useful to use especially when doing certain exercises on your side. There are lots of other small equipment such as hand weights or balls, soft balls, foam roller or Pilates ring which can all be used to modify Pilates exercises. I have just done a foam roller class which can be found here https://pilateslive.co.uk/pilates-classes/foam-roller-pilates-class/ I also have some upper body classes using weights which can be found here https://pilateslive.co.uk/pilates-classes/upper-body-and-arms/ if you are interested in some other equipment options. I hope that helps! Best wishes, Vicky

  • Amanda

    Great class really enjoyed using the resistance band. Thank you

  • Molly

    The standing exercises were a good challenge for balance, but I need a longer band! Useful floor exercises; I noticed that my neck muscles had some work to do.

  • Sue

    Great exercises work on to improve the balance. One side much worse than the other for the first exercise!

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