Soft ball Pilates class

Soft ball Pilates class

Mat-based class using the Pilates soft ball to add some variety and challenge to the class

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 34 minutes

We start the class with a warm up in standing then continue down onto the mat on our backs, side lying and onto our fronts. As much as possible some different levels for the exercises are demonstrated but please always work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do.

This class includes:

  • Standing arm opening and windmill
  • Standing scissors
  • Side lunge
  • Side bend
  • Roll downs
  • Leg lift and abdo prep
  • Leg lowers and oblique prep
  • One leg stretch
  • Side lying clam
  • Double leg lift
  • Cobra and combined double hamstring curl
  • Rotation stretch
  • Glute and hamstring stretch
  • Sitting – arm reaches and spine twist

We start the last in standing with some arm opening and windmill movements, alternating transferring the soft ball between our hands. We then warm up through our legs with some standing scissors and side lunges using the ball in our hands. We then mobilise through our spines with a side bend and roll down movements.

Moving down onto the mat on our backs we use the ball in our hands to combine arm and leg movements including some arm and leg curls and leg lifts with abo prep. We then use the soft ball between our legs for some leg lowers combined with oblique preps and a one leg stretch. Onto our sides we use the ball to modify clam and double leg lift exercises. Coming down onto our fronts we use the ball to engage our upper boy and core as well as assist extension of the spine into a cobra stretch. We then cool down on our backs with a rotation stretch and some leg glute and hamstring stretches. Finishing the class in sitting with some arm reaches and a spine twist.

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  • Gwen

    Thank you so much for this gentle class. I’m recovering from Covid and am asthmatic so struggling with my breathing. I haven’t been doing my pilates for over 2 weeks and wanted to do something gentle. This was perfect for me, although I did struggle at times. xx

    1. Vicky

      You are welcome Gwen. Wishing you the best for your recovery.

  • Marilyn Walton

    This is a super new class, although I had an additional challenge as I kept dropping my ball! I think it was a bit over inflated, so will try again with a squashier one. Thanks so much for keeping me moving Vicky. All the best to you and your family. xx

    1. Vicky

      Thank you Marilyn. Glad you enjoyed the class. All the best.

  • Mary

    Great soft ball workout, thank you Vicky

  • Sue

    I thought the half moon exercise was very effective at working the glutes. I dropped the ball once during one exercise….but blamed it on the fact I was wearing socks to keep my feet warm! 🙂 Thank for another enjoyable class.

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