Upper body and core focused class with option of hand weights to add extra challenge to movements
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Length: 33 minutes
This is a mat-based class focusing on strengthening though our upper body. You have the option of using some hand weights during the class, 0.5kg-1kg in weight, or some similar from the kitchen cupboard! However, you can also do all these movements without using hand weights if that feels more comfortable.
We start the class warming up in standing then come down to continue the class on the mat in four-point kneeling, on our fronts and our backs. Please always work to a level that you feel comfortable and safe to do.
This class includes:
- Standing chest openings
- Arm lifts forwards and to the side
- Step backs with bicep curls
- Shoulder row
- Roll downs
- Cat stretch
- Tricep fold kick
- Child pose
- Shoulder row
- Double curl
- One leg kick
- Swan dive
- Cobra stretch
- Arm scissors with combined chest press
- One leg stretch with bicep curl
- Double leg stretch
- Lumbar rotation
- Glute and hamstring stretches
- Sitting spine twist and mermaid stretches
The class begins in standing warm up through our upper body and legs, starting with some gentle chest openings we then progress combining some upper body and leg movements with some bicep curl and leg control. Rolling down in to four-point kneeling we start by gently stretching our spines further with a cat stretch before continuing to work on strengthening our upper body with some tricep fold kicks, shoulder row and double curl movements.
Moving down onto our fronts we work our legs with some one leg kicks and our upper body with a swan dive movement. Coming around onto our backs we then continue to combine our upper body and leg control with a one leg stretch with bicep curls and a double leg stretch. We then finish the class with some gentle back, leg and upper body stretches.