Full body workout using the Pilates circle to add resistance and variety
Length: 27 minutes
We start with a short warm up in standing and then move down into four-point kneeling to continue the class. In this class we use the circle to add some resistance to both our upper body and leg movements as well as to help engage and strengthen though our core muscles. This class includes:
Standing arm squeezes with the circle
Four point kneeling modified swimming using the magic circle
We start the class with a short warm up in standing using the magic circle to add some upper body resistance and help engage our core muscles. We then begin to mobilise our spines with a spine twist and side bend movements. Rolling down into four-point kneeling we begin by using the magic circle to add some upper body resistance with a modified swimming movement. We then challenge our upper body further with a press up using the magi circle. Moving down onto our sides we work our glutes with a leg lift and toe tap movements as well as engaging our inner thighs with some lifts.
Onto our backs we bring in some abdominal muscle work as well We challenge as some upper body resistance using the magic circle. We challenge our core with a bridge and one leg stretch exercises before cooling down and using the magic circle to assist a hamstring stretch on our backs and some gentle upper body stretches in sitting.
Strengthen and toning class using Pilates circle (or ring) equipment
Length: 23 minutes
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.