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.
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
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.