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tough upper body and core Half hour Pilates classes

Challenging upper body and core workout

Class working on upper body and core strength and control

  • Difficulty: Tough
  • Length: 36 minutes

This is a mat-based class focusing on strength and control through our upper body, core, and abdominal muscles. There is the option of using some hand weights (0.5-1kg) for some of the exercises, adding an extra challenge to some movements. The class does include some more advanced exercises so please only work to a level you feel comfortable and safe to do.

This class includes:

  • arm extension with heel raises
  • chest press
  • single leg stand with arm reaches
  • side plie with arm rotations
  • roll downs
  • four-point kneeling tricep fold kick
  • child pose stretch
  • plank and rotation into side plank
  • breaststroke with arm pulses
  • cobra stretch
  • swimming
  • one leg stretch with bicep curls
  • criss-cross
  • bridging
  • glute and hamstring stretches
  • sitting arm reaches and side bend
  • mermaid stretch

We begin the class in standing warming up though our legs and arms. With the option of using hand weights we challenge our upper body with a chest press. We also challenge our balance with a single leg stand adding some bicep curls and arm lifts to bring in some upper body control. We then roll down into four-point kneeling and strengthen though our upper body with a tricep fold kick. We then mobilise through our upper body with a thread the needle movement. We also strengthen through our core and abdominals in this position with a plank, adding a side plank rotation to the movement for an extra challenge.

Coming down onto our fronts we work on our upper body control with breaststroke and swimming movements. We then stretch our spines into an extension position with a cobra stretch. Moving around onto our backs we continue add some upper body control to our movements, including one leg stretch with bice curl, criss-cross and bridging exercises.

We then cool down with a lower back and leg stretches on our backs. Finishing the class in sitting with some gentle upper body stretches.

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upper body Pilates conditioning Half hour Pilates classes

Upper body and core conditioning

Class to challenge upper body and core strength

  • Difficulty: Tough
  • Length: 38 minutes

This is a mat-based class which includes exercises using some hand weights (0.5-1kg) to challenge the strength and control of our upper body as well as movements to strengthen our core and abdominal muscles. The class includes some tough movements and exercises so please only work to a level that you feel comfortable and safe to do.

This class includes:

  • Standing ‘Y’ stretch with heel raises
  • Squats with bicep curls
  • Arm lifts with shoulder row
  • Lunge back with arm raises
  • Roll downs
  • Cat stretch
  • Leg pull in prone with shoulder taps
  • Tricep curls
  • Side bend with rotations
  • Modified leg lift sideways
  • Arm openings
  • Clam
  • Hip twist with arm opening
  • Bridging with arm raises
  • Double leg extension with abdo prep
  • criss-cross
  • lumbar rotation
  • glute and hamstring stretch
  • sitting chest openings

The class starts in standing combining some upper body and leg movements together. We then roll down into four-point kneeling starting with a cat stretch to mobilise the spine we then work on the strength and control of our core and upper body with a leg pull in prone, adding some optional shoulder taps for an extra challenge. In this position we work the backs of our arms with some triceps curls. We then come up onto our elbows on our sides to do some side bends and leg lift sideways. Lowering onto the mat on our sides we then stretch out with an arm opening movement and work on our glutes with a clam exercise.

On our backs we wok on some upper body and leg control with a modified hip twist movement. We then continue to strength through our core and abdominal muscles with a bridge, double leg extension and criss-cross exercises. Finishing the class with some gentle stretches back, leg and upper body stretches.

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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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upper body and core control Half hour Pilates classes

Upper body and core control Pilates workout

Upper body and core focused class with option of hand weights to add extra challenge to movements

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 33 minutes

This is a mat-based class focusing on strengthening though our upper body.  You have the option of using some hand weights during the class, 0.5kg-1kg in weight, or some similar from the kitchen cupboard! However, you can also do all these movements without using hand weights if that feels more comfortable.

We start the class warming up in standing then come down to continue the class on the mat in four-point kneeling, on our fronts and our backs. Please always work to a level that you feel comfortable and safe to do.

This class includes:

  • Standing chest openings
  • Arm lifts forwards and to the side
  • Step backs with bicep curls
  • Shoulder row
  • Roll downs
  • Cat stretch
  • Tricep fold kick
  • Child pose
  • Shoulder row
  • Double curl
  • One leg kick
  • Swan dive
  • Cobra stretch
  • Arm scissors with combined chest press
  • One leg stretch with bicep curl
  • Double leg stretch
  • Lumbar rotation
  • Glute and hamstring stretches
  • Sitting spine twist and mermaid stretches

The class begins in standing warm up through our upper body and legs, starting with some gentle chest openings we then progress combining some upper body and leg movements with some bicep curl and leg control. Rolling down in to four-point kneeling we start by gently stretching our spines further with a cat stretch before continuing to work on strengthening our upper body with some tricep fold kicks, shoulder row and double curl movements.

Moving down onto our fronts we work our legs with some one leg kicks and our upper body with a swan dive movement. Coming around onto our backs we then continue to combine our upper body and leg control with a one leg stretch with bicep curls and a double leg stretch.  We then finish the class with some gentle back, leg and upper body stretches.

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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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Morning Pilates Flow Pilates classes

Morning Pilates flow

Short mat based class designed to help gently stretch and energise the body

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 18 minutes

This class includes:

We start the class in four-point kneeling on the mat and begin by gently mobilising the spine with a cat stretch. We then begin to work our core and stretch further with a modified swimming movement bringing in some neck movement. In this position we also stretch into rotation with a thread the needle stretch. Lowering down on the mat on our fronts we wake up our legs with a one leg kick and stretch our spines a little further into extension with a cobra stretch.

Moving around onto our backs we challenge our core with a double leg stretch and work our abdominals with some arm circles. We then gently stretch out our backs on the mat with a rotation stretch as well as some glute and hamstring stretches. We then finish the class in sitting with some upper body stretches.

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Support Pilates Live

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.
Thank you.

challenging active Pilates class Half hour Pilates classes

Challenging active Pilates workout

Mat based class which challenges the whole body with a variety of exercise sequences

  • Difficulty: Tough
  • Length: 39 minutes

The class includes some tough exercises that work to strengthen the upper body and core muscles. Starting in standing we warm up and begin to challenge our leg control before continuing the class down onto the mat. This class includes some exercises that may increase your heart rate so please stop or rest with a recovery stretch during the class as you feel you need to and only work to a level that you feel comfortable with.

This class includes:

  • ‘Y’ stretch in standing with heel raises
  • Squats with leg lift sideways- side plie with arm openings
  • Lunges
  • Plank and Pike
  • Tricep fold kick
  • Cobra stretch
  • Swan dive with arm reaches
  • Side kick
  • Leg lift sideways
  • One leg stretch with abdo prep
  • Hundreds
  • Glute and hamstring stretches
  • Sitting ‘Y’ stretch
  • Spine twist

The class starts in standing warming up though the upper body and legs with a ‘Y’ stretch with heel raises. We then begin to challenge our balance and control with forwards reaches and lunges. Stretching in between with some arm openings and side stretches. We then roll down onto the matt to continue the class and begin to strengthening into our upper body with a plank, pike and tricep fold kick movements.

Dropping down onto our fronts on the mat with then stretch into extension with a cobra stretch before challenging our upper body further with a swan dive. Moving around onto our sides we work our glutes with a side kick and leg lift sideways movements.

We then continue the class onto our backs and bring in some abdominal strengthening with movements including hundreds and one leg stretch. We then cool down with some leg and lower back stretches and some gentle upper body stretches in sitting.

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Support Pilates Live

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.
Thank you.

total body workout Half hour Pilates classes

Energising workout

Active Pilates class designed to raise your heart rate whilst improving strength

  • Difficulty: Tough
  • Length: 36 minutes

This is a mat based class starting in standing then continuing down onto the mat. This class includes some exercises that may increase your heart rate so please stop or rest with a recovery stretch during the class as you feel you need to and only work to a level that you feel comfortable with.

This class includes:

  • Standing chest openings with heel raises
  • Squats with arm pulses
  • Backwards lunge
  • Roll downs
  • Pres ups with leg extended
  • Donkey kicks and fire hydrants
  • Child pose
  • Side plank
  • Tricep dips
  • Roll backs
  • Bridging with leg extension
  • Cycling legs
  • Scissors
  • Glute and hamstring stretches
  • Y stretch with spine twist

We start the class in standing and warm up with some chest openings and heel raises. We then begin to challenge our fitness and strength with some squats and backwards lunges. Rolling down into four point kneeling we work our upper body with some press ups – extending one leg for an extra challenge. We also work on some glute strengthening in this position with some fire hydrants and donkey kicks.

On our side we work our obliques with a side plank and again adding the optional challenge of a leg lift in this position as well. In sitting we strengthen through our arms a little more with some triceps dips. Rolling back onto our backs we continue to strengthen our core and abdominals with a bridge, cycling and scissors movements.

Cooling down with some gentle leg stretches on our backs and upper body stretches in sitting.

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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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dynamic Pilates workout Half hour Pilates classes

Dynamic Pilates workout

Work to improve strength and fitness with this dynamic Pilates workout.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 35 minutes

This class is focused on improving strength and fitness. Starting in standing we begin to stretch our upper body and strengthen our legs with movements such as squats and courtesy squats. Some of the movements included in the class may increase your heart rate so please only work to a level that you feel comfortable with and stop or rest with a recovery stretch as you feel you need to.

This class includes:

We start the class in standing gently warming up through the upper body with some arm openings. We then begin to increase our heart rate with some squats and combined leg lift sideways movements. Rolling down into four point kneeling we continue to challenge our core and legs with a plank and leg extensions with rainbows.

Onto our backs we challenge our abdominals further with scissors, hundreds and criss-cross movements. Onto our fronts we work our upper body with a swan dive movement and extend through the spine with a cobra stretch. We then mobilise and stretch through the spine further with a cat stretch and then lengthen through our glute muscles with a pigeon pose stretch. We then finish the class in sitting with some roll downs and side bends.

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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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Class-fit Pilates workout Long Pilates classes

Power up Pilates

Active Pilates class designed to raise your heart rate a little whilst improving strength and mobility.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 41 minutes

This class aims to help improve strength, mobility and fitness. We start the class with a warm up in standing and move down into four-point kneeling to continue the class on the mat. Some of the movements in the class may increase your heart rate slightly so please always work to a level that you are comfortable with and have a rest in between movements as needed. This class includes:

  • Standing ‘Y’ stretch with heel raises
  • Squats
  • Standing side bend
  • Roll down into downwards dog
  • Press ups
  • Plank with mountain climb
  • Leg kicks
  • Child pose stretch
  • One leg stretch
  • Bridging with arm raises
  • Arm circles into abdo prep
  • Cycling
  • Leg lift sideways
  • Clam with toe taps
  • Arm openings
  • Glute and hamstring stretch
  • Sitting ‘Y’ stretch and mermaid

We begin the class in standing warming up with a ‘Y’ stretch with heel raises. We then work on some strength and control with some knee taps and squats. We then mobilise our spines with a side stretch before rolling down into a downward dog position. Moving into four-point kneeling we strengthen our upper body and core with some press ups and plank movements adding some mountain climbs to the plank for an extra challenge. We also work our glutes and core with some leg kicks in four point kneeling.

Moving onto our backs on the mat we challenge our core with a one leg stretch and bridging exercises. We then work on some abdominal strengthening with cycling and arm circles into abdo prep. We then work on some glute strengthening on our sides with a leg lift sideways and clam movements. We then cool down from the class with some gentle leg and upper body stretches.

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Support Pilates Live

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.
Thank you.

Active Pilates workout Half hour Pilates classes

Active Pilates workout

Get your body moving with this active Pilates class

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 38 minutes

This class is designed to help get the whole body moving. Starting in standing we warm up our legs and upper body then roll down into four-point kneeling onto the mat to continue the class. Please always work to a level that you feel comfortable with. This class includes:

  • Toe walking toy soldier
  • Side lunge
  • Side plie with arm openings
  • Arm reaches with circles
  • Leg pull in prone
  • Swimming
  • Child pose
  • Side lying toe taps
  • Clam
  • Bridging with scissors
  • Double leg stretch
  • Criss-cross
  • Sitting spine twist

We start the class warming up in standing with some leg strengthening movements including some side lunges and side plie movements. Rolling down into four-point kneeling we work on strengthening through our upper body and core with a leg pull in prone and swimming movements. Moving down onto our sides we strengthen our glutes further with toe tap and leg lifts and a clam exercise. Onto our backs we work our core control further with a Bridging exercise and double leg stretch. We also challenge our abdominals and oblique muscles with a criss-cross exercise. We then cool down with a gentle rotation stretch of the spine, glute and hamstring stretches and spine twist in sitting.

Pay what you feel

Support Pilates Live

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.
Thank you.