Our final Pilates class is the most advanced session where we incorporate everything we’ve learned over the past few weeks – including technique and the mind-body-breath connection - and we use this to support our body with these more advanced moves. It is important to remember to continue to maintain your pelvic floor connection, your lats (underneath your shoulder girdle), your core and glutes.
Pilates is a full body workout, and you’ll certainly feel it this week! As always, do not forget to warm up before you start your session.
Read on below for a highlight of some of the movements this week.
Bridge with hand weights
This version of Bridge is a progression on the previous versions. The hand weights increase the level of difficulty by challenging the core /torso stability, shoulder position, glute and hamstrings… all whilst not engaging the lower back. Remember, you should not feel any pain in your lower back.
This stretch is great gentle stretch that opens the side of your body, allowing you to expand your ribs and chest fully when breathing. Fiona adds, “You’ll feel the stretch down the side of the body as you reach your arm up on a diagonal.”
Kneeling - glutes
This Side Kneeling glute exercise is an advanced exercise incorporating fully integrated movement, core, shoulder and pelvic stability. With one leg extended out to side, slightly forward of the hips, kneel high on your other leg making sure you are vertical at the hip. Fiona adds, “I recommend you have a look at the class video so you are able to see the full movement and receive more information. Enjoy the burn!”