Express Workout If You Can’t Make It to Class

We understand that with the good weather you might skip the odd class and although we encourage you to keep your exercise schedule up, here are some exercise we suggest you do if you are pressed for time. Perform the following exercise to fatigue, i.e. until you can’t do no more!

Reformer Pilates Exercise

Lunges:
Stand with your back straight and you feet shoulder width apart. Stride forward with one leg, bending both knees to 90 degrees and keeping your upper body straight. Pull back to the starting position and repeat with the other leg

Push-up:
Life face down with the palms of your hands directly beneath your shoulders and the balls of your feet touching the ground. Keep your body straight – your head in line with your back – and raise yourself up using your arms. Lower your torso to the ground until your elbows from a 90 degree angle and then push up again. If you find this too challenging, do it with your knees on the ground until you are strong enough to perform and full push up.

Ab Crunches:
Lie on your back with your knees bent, your feet flat on the floor and your hands positioned either side of your head. Raise your upper body without lifting the lower back off the ground, making sure your chin is tucked in toward your chest. When your shoulders and upper back are lifted off the floor, gently curl back down.

Plank:
Lie on your front on the floor and then raise yourself on to your forearms and toes so that your body forms a straight line from head to toe. Make sure your mid section doesn’t lift or drop. Hold this position for as long as possible. Remember: it should never cause pain in your lower back.

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