total body conditioning

Total body conditioning

Work on movement control and strengthening throughout the body with this tough-level Pilates class.

  • Difficulty: Tough
  • Length: 37 minutes

The class begins with a warmup in standing then continues down onto the mat on our backs, side lying and sitting positions. The class includes some more challenging exercise sequences so please work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do.

This class includes:

  • Standing ‘Y’ stretch
  • Standing scissors with arm circles
  • Mini plie squats with leg lifts
  • Lunges with one leg kick
  • Roll downs
  • Bridging
  • Leg extension with abdo prep
  • Scissors
  • Hundreds
  • Side lying – clam level 1 and 2
  • Double leg lift
  • Sitting triceps dips
  • Roll backs
  • Bridge with arm raises
  • Hamstring and glute stretches
  • Sitting ‘Y’ stretch and side bend
  • Neck stretch and upper body reaches

The class starts with a standing warm up stretching through the upper body, we then continue in standing working on our balance and leg control with some standing scissors, mini plie squats and lunges. We then roll down onto our backs onto the mat. In this position we work on our core control with a bridge movement, challenge our abdominals with a leg extension with abdominal prep. We continue to challenge our abdominals with scissors and hundreds exercises.

Moving onto our sides we work our glutes muscles with a clam and double leg lift movements. Into a sitting position we work on some upper body strengthening with a triceps dip and more abdominal work with some roll backs. We then cool down onto our backs again on the mat and repeat a bridge movement with arm raises. We then stretch out our hamstrings and glute muscles before finishing with some upper body stretches in sitting.

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  • Molly

    Another good class – especially with winter sunshine through my window!

  • Vicky

    Great class, I’m buzzing now, I still need to work on my lunges though!,

  • Raluca

    Thank you so much, Vicky, I really enjoyed the class. I started taking up your classes in October as a beginner and thanks to your very motivating way of teaching soon reached the Tough level. This was a great achievement for me as I am not actually very sporty 🙂

    1. Vicky

      Thanks for your comment Raluca. So pleased to hear you’re making progress!

  • Sanja

    Great exercises! Thank you very much!

  • Alison

    Thank you Vicky. I’m really enjoying the tough classes now – after doing a few following your New Year 5 week program. I’d previously stuck to the moderate classes, but it’s good to stretch myself out of my comfort zone – literally! Thanks again.

    1. Vicky

      You’re most welcome Alison. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  • Chris Wright

    Glad you have made some tougher classes now as I’m beginning to work at that level with my Pilates teacher at the gym. In the Lakes today and it’s pouring down, so as i normally do Pilates on Tuesdays I did this tough class and yes it was tough but i really enjoyed it! Making another donation as your classes are great when I am away from home!

    1. Vicky

      Thank you Chris. Much appreciated and glad you enjoyed the class!

  • Helen

    Thank you Vicky for the weekly classes which I’ve been following since the start of the New Year. I am ensuring I complete 3 classes a week as I find it’s keeping my back problems away. I feel a lot fitter and more flexible, and I’ve been told my core looks stronger too. I shall ensure I make a donation, thanks so much. Xx

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