Upper body control

Upper body strength and control

Pilates class working on strengthening through the upper body and core muscles

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 15 minutes

We have the option of using some hand weights during the class (approx. 0.5kg – 1kg weights recommended) but you can also enjoy the class without them. The class begins in standing then moves down into four-point kneeling and onto our backs. As always please work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do.

This class includes:

  • Standing – chest opening and cleopatra stretch
  • Squats with bicep curls
  • Balance series
  • Roll downs
  • Four-point kneeling – triceps curl
  • Press ups
  • Child pose stretch
  • Arm scissors
  • Double leg stretch
  • Knee hugs
  • Sitting – upper body reaches and spine twist

We start the class with a short warmup in standing, using the weights in our hands we challenge our strength and control with some chest openings and cleopatra stretches. We then combine some arm and leg movement with a squat with bicep curls before we then roll down onto the mat to continue the class. In four-point kneeling we then work on our upper body strength with some tricep curls and press ups.

Moving down onto our backs continuing to use the weights in our hands we work on our core strength and control some arm scissors and double leg stretch movements. We then finish the class in sitting with some upper body reaches and spine twists.

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  • Sue

    Thought I’d get a head start on 2023 and start the calendar🙂. Enjoyed working with the weights. Definitely beneficial for me, to help build up my upper body strength. Thank you and wishing you a Happy New Year.

    1. Vicky

      Happy New Year to you too Sue!

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