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tough upper body and core Half hour Pilates classes

Challenging upper body and core workout

Class working on upper body and core strength and control

  • Difficulty: Tough
  • Length: 36 minutes

This is a mat-based class focusing on strength and control through our upper body, core, and abdominal muscles. There is the option of using some hand weights (0.5-1kg) for some of the exercises, adding an extra challenge to some movements. The class does include some more advanced exercises so please only work to a level you feel comfortable and safe to do.

This class includes:

  • arm extension with heel raises
  • chest press
  • single leg stand with arm reaches
  • side plie with arm rotations
  • roll downs
  • four-point kneeling tricep fold kick
  • child pose stretch
  • plank and rotation into side plank
  • breaststroke with arm pulses
  • cobra stretch
  • swimming
  • one leg stretch with bicep curls
  • criss-cross
  • bridging
  • glute and hamstring stretches
  • sitting arm reaches and side bend
  • mermaid stretch

We begin the class in standing warming up though our legs and arms. With the option of using hand weights we challenge our upper body with a chest press. We also challenge our balance with a single leg stand adding some bicep curls and arm lifts to bring in some upper body control. We then roll down into four-point kneeling and strengthen though our upper body with a tricep fold kick. We then mobilise through our upper body with a thread the needle movement. We also strengthen through our core and abdominals in this position with a plank, adding a side plank rotation to the movement for an extra challenge.

Coming down onto our fronts we work on our upper body control with breaststroke and swimming movements. We then stretch our spines into an extension position with a cobra stretch. Moving around onto our backs we continue add some upper body control to our movements, including one leg stretch with bice curl, criss-cross and bridging exercises.

We then cool down with a lower back and leg stretches on our backs. Finishing the class in sitting with some gentle upper body stretches.

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upper body and core control Half hour Pilates classes

Upper body and core control Pilates workout

Upper body and core focused class with option of hand weights to add extra challenge to movements

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 33 minutes

This is a mat-based class focusing on strengthening though our upper body.  You have the option of using some hand weights during the class, 0.5kg-1kg in weight, or some similar from the kitchen cupboard! However, you can also do all these movements without using hand weights if that feels more comfortable.

We start the class warming up in standing then come down to continue the class on the mat in four-point kneeling, on our fronts and our backs. Please always work to a level that you feel comfortable and safe to do.

This class includes:

  • Standing chest openings
  • Arm lifts forwards and to the side
  • Step backs with bicep curls
  • Shoulder row
  • Roll downs
  • Cat stretch
  • Tricep fold kick
  • Child pose
  • Shoulder row
  • Double curl
  • One leg kick
  • Swan dive
  • Cobra stretch
  • Arm scissors with combined chest press
  • One leg stretch with bicep curl
  • Double leg stretch
  • Lumbar rotation
  • Glute and hamstring stretches
  • Sitting spine twist and mermaid stretches

The class begins in standing warm up through our upper body and legs, starting with some gentle chest openings we then progress combining some upper body and leg movements with some bicep curl and leg control. Rolling down in to four-point kneeling we start by gently stretching our spines further with a cat stretch before continuing to work on strengthening our upper body with some tricep fold kicks, shoulder row and double curl movements.

Moving down onto our fronts we work our legs with some one leg kicks and our upper body with a swan dive movement. Coming around onto our backs we then continue to combine our upper body and leg control with a one leg stretch with bicep curls and a double leg stretch.  We then finish the class with some gentle back, leg and upper body stretches.

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All classes are provided for free so they’re accessible for everyone.
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upper body mobilise and strengthen Easier classes

Upper body mobilise and strengthen

Class combines upper body and lower limb movements focusing on mobilisation and control.

  • Difficulty: Easier
  • Length: 39 minutes

This is a mat-based class which focuses on our control, combining upper body and lower limb movements together, as well as challenging our core muscles. The class starts with a warm-up in standing and then continues down onto the mat. Please always work to a level that you feel comfortable with as most importantly we want you to enjoy the class.

This class includes:

  • Standing bow and arrow stretch
  • Balance series
  • Standing scissors with arm taps
  • Chest openings and heel raises
  • Four-point kneeling arm reaches and rotation
  • Swimming
  • Child pose stretch
  • Leg pull in prone
  • Side lying toe taps
  • Arm openings
  • Hip twist with arm openings
  • Hundreds
  • Scissors
  • Opposite arm and leg stretch
  • Glute and hamstring stretches
  • Sitting upper body reaches and ‘Y’ stretch

We start the class warming up in standing with a bow and arrow stretch and begin to combine our upper body and leg movements with a balance series, standing scissors with arm taps and chest openings with heel raises. Rolling down into four-point kneeling we then mobilise through our upper back with some arm rotations and then lengthen through the body with a swimming movement. We then strengthen though our upper body and core with a leg pull in prone movement. Moving round into side lying we challenge our glutes and core stability with some toe taps before stretching out the upper back with an arm opening stretch.

Onto our backs we continue to engage our core and combine our upper and lower limb movements with a hip twist movement, hundreds and opposite arm and leg lengthening. We then gently cool down with some lower back rotation and leg stretches. Finishing the class in sitting with some upper body reaches and a ‘Y’ stretch.

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simple upper body and core Easier classes

Simple upper body and core Pilates class

Mobilise and strengthen through the upper body and core with this half-hour class

  • Difficulty: Easier
  • Length: 33 minutes

We start the class in standing then continue the class down onto our mats. The class is suitable for most levels but please only exercise to a level that you feel comfortable and safe to do.

This class includes:

  • Standing toy soldier
  • Squats with arm pulses
  • Side plie with side bend
  • Roll downs
  • Four-point kneeling cat crawl
  • Arm pulses and shoulder taps
  • Child pose
  • Thread the needle
  • Press ups
  • Breaststroke prep
  • Swimming
  • Cobra stretch
  • Bridging with arm scissors
  • Criss-cross
  • Double leg stretch
  • Dynamic hamstring stretch
  • Sitting chest opening and neck stretches

We start the class by warming up in standing with a toy soldier movement, squats with arm pulses and a side plie. We then roll down into four-point kneeling. In this position we work on maintaining our core connection and shoulder blade control with a cat crawl. We also work on our core strength stabilising through one shoulder with arm pulses and shoulder taps as well as upper body strengthening with some press ups.

Moving down onto our fronts we strengthen through the upper body with a breaststroke prep movement and add some lower limb movement with a swimming exercise. Coming onto our fronts we continue to challenge and strengthen through our core and abdominals with a bridge, criss-cross and double leg stretch movements.

Cooling down from the class with a dynamic hamstring stretch, rotation stretch and into sitting some upper body and neck stretches.

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However, if you are enjoying the classes and would like to make a contribution, donations are much appreciated.
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Upper body Pilates workout Half hour Pilates classes

Upper body Pilates workout

Workout to strengthen and tone muscles throughout the upper body

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 30 minutes

This class focuses on strengthening through the upper body and uses 0.5-1kg hand weights to challenge the muscles throughout the movements. If you don’t have hand weights then raid the kitchen cupboard for a tin that you can hold in your hand! However, you can also opt not to use hand weights and still give you upper body a good workout! The class begins in standing and then continues down onto our backs on the mat. This class includes:

  • Standing chest openings
  • Combined bicep curls and squat
  • Side plie with spine twist
  • roll downs with pendular circles
  • arm scissors
  • bridging with arm scissors
  • one leg stretch with bicep curl
  • clam with arm lift
  • arm openings
  • glute and hamstring stretches
  • sitting upper body stretches

We start the class in standing using small weights in our hands we begin to work our upper body with some chests openings. We then start to combine some upper body and leg movements with movements including squats and bicep curls and side plie with a spine twist. Onot our mats with the continue to challenge our upper body and core control with some arm scissors, progressing to combine bridging with this movement. We then work our co-ordination a little more adding some bicep curls to a one leg stretch movement.

Onto our sides we work on strengthening our glutes with a clam exercise adding some arm lifts into the movement to continue to challenge our upper body.

We then cool down with some glute and hamstring stretches and finish the class in sitting with some gentle upper body stretches.

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Support Pilates Live

All classes are provided for free so they’re accessible for everyone.
However, if you are enjoying the classes and would like to make a contribution, donations are much appreciated.
Thank you.

Upper body and arms Pilates Half hour Pilates classes

Upper body and arms

Upper body and arms Pilates workout with (or without) weights

This class is an upper body and arm workout, really working the muscles around your shoulders and upper back muscles.

We are using some small weights in our hands with this class but if you don’t have any then you can just use some tins from the cupboard, bottles or anything you can hold that has a bit of weight. If it feels too much to use weights then you can still do the movements without.

The class includes:

  • Standing warm up with arm openings
  • Squats in standing with arm pulses
  • Roll downs
  • Press ups
  • Upper body rotations in four point kneeling
  • Tricep curls with weights in four point kneeling
  • Swan dive
  • Cobra stretch
  • Neck stretches

We start by warming up in standing with some chest openings and cleopatra movements. We then bring in some leg work with some squats but add some pulses with our arms too.

Rolling down into four point kneeling we work our upper bodies and abdominals with some press ups. Continuing to work in four point kneeling challenging our core and control with arm and leg movements. We continue in this position to engage the back of our arms with tricep curls.

We then move down onto our fronts to challenge our core and centre with a swimming movement in this position. We strengthen our necks and upper backs with a swan dive exercise in this position before moving to extend our spines with a cobra stretch.

We finish the class sitting on the mat with some gentle neck and upper body stretches.

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Support Pilates Live

All classes are provided for free so that they’re accessible for everyone. However, if you are enjoying the classes and would like to make a contribution, donations are much appreciated. Thank you