Upper body Pilates workout

Upper body Pilates workout

Workout to strengthen and tone muscles throughout the upper body

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 30 minutes

This class focuses on strengthening through the upper body and uses 0.5-1kg hand weights to challenge the muscles throughout the movements. If you don’t have hand weights then raid the kitchen cupboard for a tin that you can hold in your hand! However, you can also opt not to use hand weights and still give you upper body a good workout! The class begins in standing and then continues down onto our backs on the mat. This class includes:

  • Standing chest openings
  • Combined bicep curls and squat
  • Side plie with spine twist
  • roll downs with pendular circles
  • arm scissors
  • bridging with arm scissors
  • one leg stretch with bicep curl
  • clam with arm lift
  • arm openings
  • glute and hamstring stretches
  • sitting upper body stretches

We start the class in standing using small weights in our hands we begin to work our upper body with some chests openings. We then start to combine some upper body and leg movements with movements including squats and bicep curls and side plie with a spine twist. Onot our mats with the continue to challenge our upper body and core control with some arm scissors, progressing to combine bridging with this movement. We then work our co-ordination a little more adding some bicep curls to a one leg stretch movement.

Onto our sides we work on strengthening our glutes with a clam exercise adding some arm lifts into the movement to continue to challenge our upper body.

We then cool down with some glute and hamstring stretches and finish the class in sitting with some gentle upper body stretches.

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  • Teresa

    Great session. Arms often get forgotton so it was lovely to give them a good workout!

  • Sue

    Only used weights once before. They definitely made it a good work out for the arms and shoulders. Thank you!

  • Anjali

    Thank you so much
    Loved this class as my shoulders are tired from too much computer work x

    1. Vicky

      Glad you enjoyed it Anjali. 🙂

  • Neil

    Thanks for a great class. The weights added a useful challenge. Will definitely add this class to my regulars.

  • Amy

    Another really fantastic class Vicky – great to use the weights. Feels like it did some good!

    1. Vicky

      Thanks for your comment Amy. So pleased you liked it!

  • susanparvini@googlemail.com

    Great class Vicky, thank you. I used 1.5k weights which gave me a really good workout. Ill be adding this to my weekly schedule.

    1. Vicky

      You are most welcome. So glad you enjoyed it!

  • evestwrti31@gmail.com

    Great class as I have had a trapped nerve in my neck and this upper body workout has been great

  • Sarah

    Excellent classes this week its so great to have the choice – thank you 🙏

  • Jane

    Really enjoyed the class, will definitely do it again.

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