Pilates Uuper body strengthening

Upper body strengthening

This is a short mat-based class with the option of using some hand weights to challenge our upper body strength and control

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 18 minutes

I would recommend using 0.5-1kg hand weights, but you can also enjoy the class without weights. The class begins with a short standing warm up then continues onto the mat on our fronts and backs. Remember to always work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do.

This class includes:

  • Standing book opener
  • Shoulder row
  • Side plie with arm lifts
  • Roll downs
  • Breaststroke prep 
  • Swimming
  • Cobra stretch
  • One leg stretch with bicep curl
  • Hip twist with arm openings
  • Rotation stretch
  • Sitting chest opening and ‘Y’ stretch

The class begins with a short warm up in standing using small weights in our hands we challenge our upper body strength and control with a book opener and shoulder row exercises. We then combine some leg movements with a side plie squat with arm lifts.

Moving down onto our fronts we work our core and upper body further with a breaststroke prep and swimming movement. We then stretch our spine in this position with a cobra stretch. Onto our backs we then combine some upper body strength and core muscle control with a one leg stretch and bicep curls and hip twist with arm openings. We then finish with a chest stretch and ‘y’ stretch in sitting.

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  • Tom

    Nice Class, good short workout for the old arms, enjoyed the arm with leg counter balancing exercises

  • Marged

    A perfect workout for my arms that have become rather weak.
    A good length of time without overdoing it.

  • Anne

    That was a good class, thank you. I certainly needed some weight lifting for my arms, which are getting weaker. I am slowly working my way through the January classes, just a little bit behind!

    1. Vicky

      Glad you enjoyed the class Anne. 🙂 All the best with the rest of the calendar.

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