upper body mobilise and strengthen

Upper body mobilise and strengthen

Class combines upper body and lower limb movements focusing on mobilisation and control.

  • Difficulty: Easier
  • Length: 39 minutes

This is a mat-based class which focuses on our control, combining upper body and lower limb movements together, as well as challenging our core muscles. The class starts with a warm-up in standing and then continues down onto the mat. Please always work to a level that you feel comfortable with as most importantly we want you to enjoy the class.

This class includes:

  • Standing bow and arrow stretch
  • Balance series
  • Standing scissors with arm taps
  • Chest openings and heel raises
  • Four-point kneeling arm reaches and rotation
  • Swimming
  • Child pose stretch
  • Leg pull in prone
  • Side lying toe taps
  • Arm openings
  • Hip twist with arm openings
  • Hundreds
  • Scissors
  • Opposite arm and leg stretch
  • Glute and hamstring stretches
  • Sitting upper body reaches and ‘Y’ stretch

We start the class warming up in standing with a bow and arrow stretch and begin to combine our upper body and leg movements with a balance series, standing scissors with arm taps and chest openings with heel raises. Rolling down into four-point kneeling we then mobilise through our upper back with some arm rotations and then lengthen through the body with a swimming movement. We then strengthen though our upper body and core with a leg pull in prone movement. Moving round into side lying we challenge our glutes and core stability with some toe taps before stretching out the upper back with an arm opening stretch.

Onto our backs we continue to engage our core and combine our upper and lower limb movements with a hip twist movement, hundreds and opposite arm and leg lengthening. We then gently cool down with some lower back rotation and leg stretches. Finishing the class in sitting with some upper body reaches and a ‘Y’ stretch.

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  • Sue

    Definitely feel more stretched out after the class. Good mixture of exercises and some were a bit more challenging than I was expecting. 🙂

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