Upper body strengthening

Upper body strengthening Pilates class

Short mat-based Pilates class focused on upper body and abdominal strengthening

  • Difficulty: Tough
  • Length: 18 minutes

There is the option of using some hand weights during the class (I would recommend 0.5kg-1kg weights) but use what you feel comfortable and safe with. The class begins with a short standing warm up and then continues onto our backs and into sitting on the mat.

This class includes:

  • Standing arm raises
  • Squats with arm raises
  • Bicep curls and step backs
  • Roll downs
  • One leg stretch and arm reaches
  • Arm and leg scissors
  • Arm circles and abdo prep
  • Sitting oblique roll backs
  • Roll backs with arm scissors
  • Sitting mermaid stretch

We start the class with a short standing warm up using the hand weights and combine some arm and leg control and strengthening exercises.  We then roll down to continue the class on the mat on our backs. In this position we continue to combine some upper body stretch and core control with a one leg stretch with arm reaches and combined arm and leg scissors. Moving into sitting we challenge our obliques and abdominal muscles with some roll backs, again adding in some arm scissors. We then finish the class in sitting with a mermaid stretch.

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  • noreen musikant

    I really like these weight classes. I have never used weights before. I suppose they help to strengthen muscles.

    Thank you

  • noreen musikant

    I forgot to say that the class is Tough and Moderate at the top of the list.

    1. Vicky

      Thanks Noreen – updated 🙂

  • Sharon Eames

    I’ve done all the month long classes and feel really good. Great classes as usual. Thank you Vicki.

    1. Vicky

      Well done Sharon. And thanks for your feedback. glad you enjoyed them!

  • Clare

    Vicky you are such a star! I have been recommending your classes to so many people. I hope that they are donating, as it really is such a brilliant resource. Can fit one in any any time, sometimes don’t even change from my day clothes, so that I can’t find an excuse! Always so pleased when I have done one or two.

  • Sue

    Second time to do this class. I could really feel my arm 💪 working hard with the weights! Thank you.

  • Tom

    was tough but enjoyed it. the hardest part for me was the coordination, really struggled with that!

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