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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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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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