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tough foam roller pilates Half hour Pilates classes

Tough foam roller Pilates class

Class using foam roller to modify movements and challenge legs, upper body, core and glutes

We start the class in standing using the foam roller as a prop to modify exercises to stretch our upper body and work our legs and core. We then move down onto the mat to continue the class using the foam roller to challenge our core and assist stretching through the spine and upper body. Please always work to a level that you feel safe and comfortable to do. This class includes:

  • Standing ‘Y’ stretch with foam roller
  • Lunges with rotation
  • Leg extension and squats using foam roller as prop
  • Roll downs with foam roller
  • In four-point kneeling leg pull in prone – foam roller under hands
  • Press ups
  • Thread the needle with foam roller
  • Cobra stretch with foam roller
  • Bicycle legs with foam roller under pelvis
  • Helicopter with foam roller under pelvis
  • Bridging with foam roller under feet
  • Glute and hamstring stretches
  • Long sitting roll downs
  • Spine twist

We begin the class by warming up in standing with some ‘Y’ stretches to open out land stretch our upper body. We then warm up through our legs with some lunges, adding in some upper body rotation with the foam roller.

We then challenge our core and legs a little more with some leg extension and squat movements. Rolling down into four point kneeling we continue the class using the foam roller under our hands to challenge our upper body stability wit a leg pull in prone and press up exercises. We then use the foam roller to assist stretching the spine in child pose and threading the needle movements.

Moving down onto our front we use the foam roller again to assist the spine into an extension stretch with a cobra movement. Moving around into our backs with the foam roller under the pelvis we challenge our core with some bicycle and helicopter movements.

We then continue with a Bridging exercise using the foam roller under our feet to challenge our stability further. We then cool down with some gentle stretches for our spine and legs. Finishing the class with some spine stretches in sitting.


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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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Foam roller pilates class Half hour Pilates classes

Foam roller Pilates class

This is a mat based class using the foam roller to modify Pilates movements and exercises.

The foam roller challenges our core stability further by exercising on an unstable surface. Therefore this is an intermediate level class, although where possible I have shown various options to the exercises. This class includes:

  • Mermaid stretches using the foam roller
  • Four point kneeling arm reaches with hands on the foam roller
  • Press ups with hands on the foam roller
  • Upper body extension over the foam roller
  • Lying on the foam roller: bridging, hip twist, one leg circles
  • Sitting arm raises and rotations stretches

This class starts in sitting warming up our upper body using the foam roller. We then use the foam roller for an extra stretch into a mermaid position.

In four-point kneeling we use the foam roller under our hands to challenge our upper body stability with exercises including arm reaches and press ups.

We then use the foam roller to give our upper back an extra stretch into extension over the roller. Moving onto our backs lying on the foam roller we challenge our core a little more with exercises including bridging and hip twists movements.

We then come off the foam roller on our backs to stretch our through our legs and spine on the mat. We finishes the class in sitting with some arm raises and rotation movements.

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resistance band pilates workout Half hour Pilates classes

Resistance band workout

Challenging resistance band workout

This class is a mat based class using the resistance band. In this class we use the resistance band to modify some of our favourite Pilates moves and challenge our muscles a little more!

  • The class includes:
  • Standing pendular movement
  • Lunge with rotation
  • Squats with arm reaches
  • Bridging with leg extension
  • Double leg extension against the band
  • One leg stretch with arm lifts
  • One leg circle
  • Glute stretch
  • Mermaid stretch

This class starts in standing and uses the resistance band to work both our upper and lower body control. Combining some upper body rotations with lunges as well as some arm and leg extensions for a full body flow. Mobilising the spine with some roll downs before we continue the class on our backs on the mat.

On the mat we challenge our abdominals with double leg extension against the band. Combining a dynamic hamstring stretch with a bridge for an extra challenge on our glute muscles.

We then work on our lumbo-pelvic control with a one leg stretch, modified using the resistance band. Using the band in our hands we combine arm raises with a one leg stretch to again bring in a full body flow.

Finally finishing the class stretching our spines and glute muscles.

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Resistance band pilates class Half hour Pilates classes

Resistance band Pilates class

Enjoy this class that adds resistance to some of our favourite movements

This class adds a resistance band to some of the Pilates moves we know well. Using the band adds resistance to the movements. But if you don’t have one you can still enjoy the class and do these movements without it.

The class warms up in standing by working our upper and lower body muscle control. We then move down onto our backs to work our core and hip control, with a one leg stretch and one leg circle movements.

We then move round onto our sides and challenge our hip control and glute muscle strength further. Finishing the class with some gentle stretches.

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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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