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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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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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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