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Pilates glutes workout Easier classes

Glute strengthening Pilates class

Enjoy this easy-to-follow glute strengthening class with added hip exercises

In this class we are firing up our glute muscles and working on some hip control.

This mat based class starts in sitting with a few stretches to open up our chests and mobilise through our upper body.

We then work on our sides to engage our glutes and core muscles with side kick and clam movements.

On our backs we then challenge ourselves with some hip control movements including hip twist and one leg circle exercises.

Finishing with some stretches in sitting.

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Pilates for bed time Easier classes

Relaxing bed time stretches

Series of stretches to help you relax and unwind

If you feel stiff after a long day, or find it hard to ‘switch off’ and relax – this short, Pilates-based stretch series may help.

Join Vicky, Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor for this easy 10 minute routine.

This simple series of stretches can be done on a mat or in bed at home to help you relax.

The class includes stretches for your lower back, arms, chest and through your upper spine.

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Core, pelvic floor and upper body Pilates workout Half hour Pilates classes

Core, pelvic floor and upper body workout

Core focused Pilates class suitable for multiple levels

This class is a 25 minute workout focusing on engaging our pelvic floor and deep abdominal core muscles as well as the control and stability of our upper bodies.

The class begins in standing as we warm up through our legs and upper body. Rolling down into four point kneeling we then work on our upper body stability and abdominals with leg pull in prone exercise.

Moving around onto our backs on to the mat we practice our ‘move of the month’ – the one leg stretch exercise as well as challenge our upper body control with some arm scissors before finishing the class with some leg stretches.

PLEASE NOTE – this class is part of a related series, specifically looking to work on improving the body’s lumbo-pelvic control through the one leg stretch exercise.

The class can be enjoyed by itself or as part of the series. This is class four of four of the series. Other classes in the series include:

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Full body Pilates workout with hip focus Long Pilates classes

Full body Pilates class with hip focus

All over workout with a specific focus on challenging hip control

This class begins with a warm up in standing, with a particular focus challenging our hips.

We then move down onto the mat to work on our pelvic and core control further. After which we then progress our move of the month the one leg stretch exercise as well today.

Then, moving around onto our fronts on the mat, we challenge both our hip and upper body control with hip extension and breastroke prep movements.

Finishing in sitting with some neck and and upper body stretches.

PLEASE NOTE – this class is part of a related series, specifically looking to work on improving the body’s lumbo-pelvic control through the one leg stretch exercise.

The class can be enjoyed by itself or as part of the series. This is class three of four of the series. Also in this series:

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Full body Pilates class with stretches Long Pilates classes

Full body Pilates class with stretches

Enjoyable all over Pilates workout

This Pilates class begins with a warm up of our arms and legs in standing before rolling down into a press up position on the mat.

We then continue in four-point kneeling with some stretches and core control.

The class continues with some exercises to challenge our glute muscles on our sides with a clam exercise. We then continue on our backs with a bridge exercise before advancing on to our move of the month – the one leg stretch.

We round off this class with some relaxing stretches incorporating leg stretches and some upper body stretches in sitting. 

As with most of our classes, we offer a range of levels throughout. Please work to the level that suits you. 🙂

PLEASE NOTE – this class is part of a related series, specifically looking to work on improving the body’s lumbo-pelvic control through the one leg stretch exercise.

This is class two of four of the series. Other classes in the series include:

The class can be enjoyed by itself or as part of the series. This is class one of the series.

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Pilates for beginners Pilates blog

Pilates exercises for Beginners

Pilates for beginners

Pilates offers a range of benefits – and with many levels available it is enjoyable for beginners to enthusiasts alike. Below we outline some of the most popular Pilates exercises for beginners, with their various levels.

Benefits of Pilates

Pilates is a great way to improve your flexibility, muscle strength and posture. When beginning any new exercise it can be hard to know where to start! There are so many different Pilates exercises out there but it is always important to start with a level that suits you and get the basics right first. Many Pilates exercises offer ways to progress the exercises or modify them in ways to suit you which is one of the reasons Pilates can be accessible to everyone.

Pilates aims to help improve your core muscle strength. Engaging these muscles can be tricky to start with but always remember less is more! You only need to engage this muscles about twenty per cent of their maximum contraction to work the muscles effectively when doing these exercises.

An introduction to Pilates exercises for beginners

In the below videos we outline some of the most common ilates exercises and introduce the different levels available depending on experience and confidence of the participant.

One leg stretch

This exercise challenges the stability and core strength around the pelvis by adding alternating leg movements, closely related to walking.

Find out more details and instruction on how to do a one leg stretch exercise

Bridging exercise

This is a great exercise to strengthen your core and glute muscles. It also encourages movement of the spine.

Find out more detail and instruction on how to do a bridge exercise.

Scissors

This exercise challenges the control around your pelvis and hips with alternating leg movements. This exercise works your core muscles and your lower abdominal muscles.

Find our more detail and instruction on how to do a scissors exercise.

Clam

This exercise is performed lying in your side and is a nice way to begin strengthening your gluteal muscles. Specifically this exercise focuses on engaging and strengthening the gluteus medius muscle.

Find our more detail and instruction on how to do a clam exercise.

Cat stretch

If you feel stiff into your back and want to improve the flexibility in your spine, a cat stretch can be a great way to mobilise your spine into a flexed and extended position.

Find our more detail and instruction on how to do a cat stretch movement

Go to your level

Pilates offers multiple levels across its range of exercises. It is a good idea to build up strength and control over time. Go to always go to a level that suits you and most importantly enjoy the exercises you are doing.

Pilates for beginners

If you are new to Pilates and looking to experience a class that incorporates a range of exercises then try this Pilates class


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Core legs backs and glutes Pilates class Pilates classes

Core, legs, backs and glutes

Full length, full body Pilates class.

In this workout we cover core, back, legs and glutes exercises.

This class is a relatively challenging class that will suit most people. Various levels of exercises are offered to cater to a variety of levels. But please work within your abilities…and don’t over do it!

This class begins with a gentle warm up in standing. We then move onto our backs on the mat to work on our core, introducing our new move of the month a one leg stretch as well.

We then move round onto our sides to challenge our glute and core muscles a little more with a side bend and side kick movement.

Finishing the class with some leg and and lower back stretches.

I hope you enjoy the class.

PLEASE NOTE – this class is part of a related series, specifically looking to work on improving the body’s lumbo-pelvic control through the one leg stretch exercise.

The class can be enjoyed by itself or as part of the series. This is class one of four of the series. Other classes include:

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Pilates for balance Pilates classes

Pilates class to improve balance

Mat based class challenging leg and core muscles

Fancy giving your balance a bit of a challenge?

This class is a standing class on the mat. Strengthening our core and leg muscles is key to helping to improve balance.

We start warming up our legs and reaching out of our base of support with a star toe tap movement.

We continue to challenge our balance onto our toes and standing on one leg whilst at the same time working on strengthening some key muscles such as our glutes and quadriceps (thigh) muscles.

Finishing the class with some stretches and roll downs to mobilise our spines.

I hope you enjoy the class.

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Reflect and relax Pilates class Easier classes

Gentle Pilates class to help you relax

Relax and reflect with this calming Pilates class

This short class is designed to help you relax and open out through our chest and spine.

We go back to basics in this class, focusing on our breathing and expanding our ribcage.

We can often feel a lot of tension and tightness through our upper body and necks so we start by stretching these out on the mat.

We continue to mobilise our spines and engage our core with bridging and opposite arm and leg movements. Throughout the class we continue to anchor back to our breathing and relax through our upper body.

This is an easy Pilates class that can be used individually to relax and de-stress or as a way to warm down after a more intense Pilates workout or other activity. I hope you like it.

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