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gentle upper body Easier classes

Gentle upper body Pilates class

Mat based class focused on stretching and strengthening through the upper body.

  • Difficulty: Easier
  • Length: 24 minutes

This is one of our easier level classes so suitable for most levels. This class includes:

  • Sitting dumb waiter
  • Sitting spine twist
  • Mermaid stretch
  • Tricep dips
  • Obliques roll backs
  • Arm scissors
  • One leg stretch with arm scissors
  • Bridging with arm rotations
  • Press ups
  • Swimming
  • Sitting ‘Y’ stretch and spine twist

We start the class warming up in sitting with some upper body stretches. We then begin some strengthening exercises for our arms with a cleopatra and tricep dips. We then bring in some core and oblique strengthening with some oblique roll backs. Moving down onto our backs we work on our upper body control with some arm scissors, combining in a one leg stretch movement. We then work our shoulders with some arm rotations.

Moving around into four-point kneeling we work on our upper body and arm strength with a press up movement and swimming exercise. We then cool down from the class with some gentle upper body stretches.

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Pilates circle class Half hour Pilates classes

Pilates circle class

Strengthen and toning class using Pilates circle (or ring) equipment

This class modifies some classic Pilates exercises using the Pilates circle which is a great piece of small equipment to help to strengthen and tone our muscles. The class is suitable for an intermediate level but please go to a level that you feel comfortable with. This class includes:

  • Spine twist in sitting
  • Arm pulses using the Pilates circle
  • Side lying leg lift sideways against the Pilates circle
  • Hundreds
  • Shoulder bridge
  • Arm raises with variations
  • Cool down lower back and leg stretches

This is a mat based class using the Pilates circle. Starting in sitting we warm up our upper body with a spine twist movement and challenge our core and upper body with some arm pulses. Moving down into side lying we then work our glute muscles with a leg lift sideways using the resistance of the Pilates circle.

On our sides we also strengthen our inner thigh muscles with some pulses. Moving around onto our back we then engage and strengthen our inner thigh muscles further with some pulses against the Pilates circle. We also work on some abdominal muscle strengthening with a hundreds exercise. In this position we also strengthen our core with some modified bridge movements, again using the Pilates circle for some extra resistance and strengthening.

We then cool down on the mat with some lower back and leg stretches before finishing the class.


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Tough upper body Pilates class Pilates classes

Tough upper body Pilates class

Challenging upper body Pilates workout

This class is designed to challenge the strength and control of our upper bodies as well as our core stability.

For some of the exercises we use some optional weight balls (you can always use some tins from the cupboard at home if you don’t have any) to add an extra challenge!

We start with some upper body stretches in sitting to warm up. We challenge our shoulder strength and stability with a side bend.

We then continue the class in four point kneeling to challenge our strength with some press ups.

Finishing off the class with some upper body stretches. Enjoy! let us know how you get on in the comments section below.

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