Archives for glute stretch

Pause for pilates: Leg lifts & hip circles

A great exercise combination to mobilise and strengthen the hip joints, challenge core stability and work the glutes and inner thigh muscles.

Top tips include : Ensure correct alignment by using neutral pelvis and spine, do not feel hurried in your movements, no hyper extension of the knee joints and aim for full range of movement without compromising the position of the pelvis or spine.

Pause for Pilates: Dart

An excellent spinal extension exercise to really mobilise and strengthen the cervical and thoracic spine whilst working the the hips, glutes and inner thighs.

An essential plain of movement to work with for all clients, modern life means we all spend alot of time in forward flexion, bending to lift our children, poor office posture, household
chores requiring the leant forward position amongst many more!

This means to balance and strengthen the spine we need to work the spine in the opposite plain of movement – extension – so the dart is the perfect remedy.

Remembering to keep a sense of length through the entire spine to avoid compression of the lumbar spine and keeping control of the powerhouse whilst laying prone are top tips.

Pause for Pilates: 30 minute workout

The following 30 minute workout includes:

  • Introduction
  • Spine curls
  • Glute stretch
  • Climb a tree
  • Arm circles
  • Power of 6 x 12
  • Chalk circles
  • Oyster sequence
  • Diamond press
  • Flying around the world
  • Closing thoughts

These are typical pilates moves taught at group classes or one to one lessons.

All video footage is aimed at existing clients with a solid understanding of core stability, lateral breathing and good Pilates alignment.

If you are not familiar with these then please contact Victoria before attempting the exercises exhibited here.