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Tough abs and core pilates class 05-19 mins

Challenging abs and core Pilates workout

Short but challenging class aimed to engage and strengthen our core and abdominal muscles

  • Difficulty: Tough
  • Length: 17 minutes

This is a short but challenging class aimed to engage and strengthen our core and abdominal muscles. The class begins with a few stretches in sitting then continues into four-point kneeling and onto our backs on the mat. Please remember to work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do. 

This class includes:

  • Sitting ‘Y’ stretch, side bend and spine twist
  • Four-point kneeling plank press
  • Fold and kick with forearm press
  • Chill pose
  • Full side bend 
  • Supine onto elbows one leg stretch 
  • Changement up and down
  • Double leg press with abdo prep
  • Criss- cross with leg lower
  • Rotation stretch 
  • Sitting mermaid stretch 

The class begins with a ‘Y’ stretch, side bend and spine twist sequence to stretch through the upper body. We then continue into four-point kneeling and challenge our abdominals and core with a plank press and fold and kick with forearm press. We then stretch out with a child pose stretch before moving into a full side bend movement. 

We then continue onto our backs starting onto our elbows with a one leg stretch, then working into our lower abdominal muscles with a changement up and down. Lowering onto our backs we engage our core and abdominals further with a double leg stretch and criss-cross and lower. We then cool down with a rotation stretch and finish in sitting with a mermaid stretch. 

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easy abs pilates 20-39 mins

Easy abs Pilates class

Simple class working to engage and strengthen the abdominal muscles

  • Difficulty: Easier
  • Length: 33 minutes

The class begins in standing then continues into four-point kneeling, onto our backs and sides on the mat. The classes are suitable for most levels but please always remember to work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do. 

The class includes: 

  • Standing toy soldier
  • Standing abdominal curl 
  • Balance series
  • Abdominal curl fold and stretch
  • Standing arm opening
  • Roll downs
  • Four-pint kneeling cat stretch
  • Leg pull in prone 
  • Leg fold and stretch 
  • Child pose stretch 
  • One leg stretch with abdo prep 
  • Criss-cross
  • Scissors
  • Hundreds
  • Side lying abdominal fold and stretch 
  • Opposite arm and leg stretch 
  • Glute/piriformis stretch 
  • Sitting ‘Y’ stretch and mermaid stretches

The class begins in standing warming up our arms and legs with a toy soldier movement. We then begin to engage our abdominal muscles with a standing abdominal curl, balance series and fold and stretch movements. We then mobilise our spines with a standing arm opening movement and roll downs. 

We then continue the class down into four-point kneeling beginning with a gentle cat stretch then engage our abdominal muscles with a leg pull in prone movement. Moving down onto our elbows we then engage our core and glute muscles with a leg fold and stretch movement. 

Moving down onto our backs we continue to engage and strengthen our abdominal muscles with a one leg stretch and abdo prep, criss-cross, scissors and hundreds movements. Onto our sides we work our abdominal muscles a little further with a fold and stretch movement before stretching out with an opposite arm and leg stretch movement. We then cool down with a glute stretch on our backs and in sitting with a ‘Y’ and mermaid stretch. 

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Total body Pilates flow 20-39 mins

Total body Pilates flow

Pilates flow class incorporating a range of exercise sequences to work throughout the body

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 33 minutes

The class begins in standing then continues onto our fronts, sides and back onto the mat. Please remember to always work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do, especially with move challenging movements.

This class includes:

  • Standing balance series
  • Standing hip twist with arm opening
  • Side plie squats
  • Lunges
  • Forward reach
  • Roll down
  • Swimming
  • Swan dive
  • Cobra stretch
  • Side lying abdominal curl
  • Leg lift sideways and fold and stretch
  • Arm opening
  • Scissors and hip twist combined
  • Bridge with arm above head
  • leg stretch and arm reaches
  • double leg stretch
  • one leg circle and lift and lower
  • rotation stretch
  • glute muscle stretch
  • sitting arm opening

The class begins in standing working on movement control with a balance series and combined hip twist and arm opening movement. We then work our legs with a side plie, rotating each side from here into static lunges. We then challenge our balance further with a forward reach before rolling down onto our fronts to continue the class.

On our fronts we combine our arm and leg movements with a swimming exercise then work our upper body with  a swan dive. WE then stretch our spines into extension with a cobra stretch. Moving onto our sides we work up on our elbows for an abdominal curl. We then work our glutes with a combined leg lift sideways and fold and stretch. Staying on our sides we mobilise into our upper back with an arm opening stretch.

We then continue the class onto our backs working our core control with a combined scissors and hip twist. We then continue to work on our movement control combining arm and leg movements with a bridge, leg stretch and arm reaches and double leg stretch. We then cool down with a rotation stretch and glute stretch and finish in sitting with arm openings.

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Abs focused Pilates 20-39 mins

Abs focused Pilates class

This is a mat based class designed to challenge and strengthen our abdominal muscles

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 33 minutes

The class begins in standing then continues down onto the mat into four-point kneeling, side lying and onto our backs. Please always remember to work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do, especially with some of the more challenging exercise sequences.

This class includes:

  • Standing balance series
  • Abdominal curl
  • Side abdominal curl
  • Squats with heel raises
  • Side plie with side bend
  • Roll downs
  • Four-point kneeling cat stretch
  • Leg pull in prone marching
  • Plank with leg lift
  • Child pose stretch
  • Side lying abdominal curl
  • Leg fold and stretch
  • Side bend
  • One leg stretch with abdo prep
  • Scissors
  • Double leg stretch with abdo prep
  • Criss- cross
  • Rotation stretch
  • Glute and hamstring stretches
  • Sitting arm opening and mermaid stretch

The class begins in standing warming up through our arms and legs with a balance series. We then engage our abdominals with an abdominal curl and side curl. We then challenge our legs and core control with squats and heel raises and then stretch out with a side plie and side bend movement. We then roll down and continue the class into four-point kneeling.

In four-point kneeling we start by mobilising the spine with a cat stretch then challenge our abdominals with a leg pull in prone marching and plank movements. Moving down onto our sides we continue to engage our abdominals with an abdominal curl and work our core with a leg fold and stretch. We then challenge our obliques with a side bend movement.

Changing position onto our backs on the mat we continue to strengthen and engage our abdominal muscles with a one leg stretch and scissors movements. We then work these muscles further with a double leg stretch and abdominal prep adding an extra challenge with some flutter kicks at the end. We then work our obliques with a criss-cross exercise before we cool down with a gentle rotation stretch. We continue with our cool down stretching our glute and hamstring muscles then finish the class with an arm opening and mermaid stretch.

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Total body pilates with resistance band 40+ mins

Total body resistance band Pilates workout

All-over Pilates workout using the resistance band to add resistance to both our arm and leg movements.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 40 minutes

The class begins in standing then continues into four-point kneeling our fronts and onto our backs. Please remember to always work to a level that feels comfortable and suitable for you.

This class includes:

  • Standing arm reaches and toy soldier movement
  • Lunge with arm raises
  • Forward reach
  • Side bend and round the world stretch
  • Roll downs
  • Tail swish
  • Swimming
  • Leg lift and toe tap
  • Tricep curls
  • Swan dive
  • Cobra stretch
  • One leg stretch
  • One leg circle
  • Double leg stretch
  • Bridge
  • Rotation stretch
  • Glute and hamstring stretch
  • Sitting chest opening and upper body reaches

The class begins with a standing warm up using the band to add resistance to some arm reaches and toy soldier movements. We then continue to add resistance with arm movements using the band with some arm raises and lunges. We then challenge our balance with some forward reaches keeping the band between our hands. We then roll down onto the mat and continue the class into four-point kneeling. In this position we use the band to add resistance and challenge our control to swimming and leg lift and lower movements. Using the band between our arms in this position we then challenge our upper body strength with some triceps curls.

Moving onto our fronts we use the band across our backs to add some resistance to our swan dive movement and stretch into extension with a cobra stretch. Onto our backs on the mat we then use the band to add some resistance to our legs with a one leg stretch and one leg circle. Then with the band across our pelvis we add some additional resistance to a bridge movement.

We then cool down with a rotation stretch, glut and hamstring stretches on our backs. Then finish the class in sitting with some chest opening and upper body reaches.

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Loop band Pilates class 20-39 mins

Loop band Pilates workout

Mat-based class using a loop band to add some resistance to the movements.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 28 minutes

The class begins in standing and then continues onto our sides and back on the mat. There are some tough challenges included in the class so please remember to always work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do.

This class includes:

  • Standing  Y stretch and round the world
  • Single arm shoulder row
  • Standing clam
  • Squats with heel raise
  • Side lunge
  • Roll downs
  • Side lying side kick
  • Lift and lower
  • One leg stretch and hip twist
  • Knee opening
  • Bridging
  • Combined bicep curl and leg lower
  • Criss cross
  • Rotation stretch
  • Glute and hamstring stretches
  • Sitting side bend and tree hug

The class begins in standing using the loop band between our hands with a Y stretch, round the world stretch and single arm shoulder row. We then continue with the band around our thighs and challenge our strength and balance with a standing clam, squats and side lunge. We then continue the class down onto our sides with the band around our thighs still and use it to add resistance to both side kick and lift and lower movements.

Moving onto our backs we then challenge our core further with a one leg stretch and hip twist movements and bridging. Then using the band looped around one foot and hand we combine some arm and leg movement control. Then using the band between our hands we add some abdominal and oblique strengthening with a criss-cross exercise.

We then cool down with a rotation stretch, glute and hamstring stretches. Finishing in sitting with a combined side bend and tree hug stretch.

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strength and mobility with pilates soft ball 40+ mins

Pilates strength and mobility class with soft ball

This is a mat-based class using the Pilates soft ball to add variation and challenge

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 40 minutes

The class begins in standing then continues down onto the mat on our fronts, sides and onto our backs. The class includes exercises sequences to challenge both mobility and strength, but please always remember to work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do. This class includes:

  • Standing balance series 
  • Spine twist
  • Side lunge
  • Single leg dip
  • Standing mermaid 
  • Roll downs
  • Spine extension
  • Swimming legs
  • Cobra stretch 
  • Child pose
  • Side lying clam 
  • Double leg stretch 
  • Side bend
  • Upper spine extension stretch 
  • One leg stretch 
  • Hip twist 
  • Bridge 
  • Double leg stretch 
  • Dead bug 
  • Lumbar rotation
  • Glute and hamstring stretch
  • Sitting spine twist 

The class begins in standing and starts by warming up with a balance series and spine twist, using the soft ball in our hands. We then work our abs with a rotation movement and our legs into our side lunge. Then using the ball under one foot we challenge our balance and control with a single leg dip and mermaid stretch. We then roll down onto our fronts and work into some upper body extension using the ball under one hand. Then we bring in some leg strengthening with swimming legs keeping the ball between our hands in an elevated position. We then stretch our spines further with both cobra and child pose stretches. 

Moving onto our sides we challenge our glute strength and control with a clam and double leg leg keeping the ball between our feet. Then lifting up onto our elbows, to bring some upper body strength, we work our obliques and glutes with a side bend. Then placing the ball in our upper back we then stretch into extension over the ball. Moving onto our backs on the mat we continue using the ball under our feet for a one leg stretch, hip twist and bridge movements. We then cool down with a dead bug and lumbar rotation stretch. Finishing with some glute and hamstring stretches and into sitting with a spine twist.

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Express Pilates - core 05-19 mins

Express Pilates workout – Core

This is a short workout focusing on our core muscle strength and control

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 15 minutes

The class works on movements in four-point kneeling and onto our backs on the mat. Please always work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do, especially on the more challenge movements.

This class includes:

  • Sitting – bow and arrow stretch and side bend
  • Four-point kneeling swimming
  • Modified leg pull in prone prep
  • Child pose
  • One leg stretch
  • Bridge with leg extension
  • Dead bug
  • Rotation stretch
  • Sitting toy soldier stretch

The class begins in sitting with a bow and arrow and side bend stretches to mobilise the upper body. We then move into four-point kneeling and challenge our core control with a swimming movement and strength with a modified leg pull in prone prep movement.

Continuing the class down onto our backs we engage our core further with a one leg stretch and bridge exercises. We then challenge our core control a little more with a dead bug movement before gently mobilising the spine with a rotation stretch. Finishing the class in sitting with a toy solider arm stretch.

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All classes are provided for free so they’re accessible for everyone.
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Express Pilates Glutes 20-39 mins

Express Pilates workout – Glute muscles

This is a short class designed to engage and strengthen our glute muscle

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 20 minutes

This is a short class designed to engage and strengthen our glute muscles. This is a mat-based class working in both four-point kneeling and on our sides. Please remember to always work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do, particularly with the more challenging exercise sequences.

This class includes:

  • Sitting arm opening stretch and mermaid stretch
  • Side lying side kick
  • Leg lift sideways
  • Side bend with combined clam
  • Four-point kneeling fire hydrants and donkey kicks
  • Child pose stretch
  • Leg lift and lower
  • Pigeon pose glute stretch
  • Cat stretch
  • Kneeling arm circles

The class begins with a few gentle upper body stretches in sitting on the mat. We then move into side lying and challenge our glute muscle stretch with a side kick and leg lift sideways movement. Moving onto our elbow we then work our abdominals and glutes with a side bend, adding some clams for an extra challenge.

Changing position to four-point kneeling we work on our glute muscle strength and control further with some fire hydrants and donkey kicks and some leg lifts and lowers. From this position we then stretch out with a child pose and pigeon pose stretches. Finishing the class in kneeling with some arm circles.  

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All classes are provided for free so they’re accessible for everyone.
However, if you are enjoying the classes and would like to make a contribution, donations are much appreciated.
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