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The Pilates technique was developed by German born Joseph Pilates in the early 20th Century.Joseph Pilates suffered from asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever, and it was these illnesses and his interest in physical fitness that made him determined to strengthen his own body and improve his health.

Before undertaking any exercises outlined in this website, it is very important that you understand the underlying principles behind pilates and the significance of the neutral spine, tranverse abdominals and pelvic floor muscles.

       


  • Hundred - L1  
  • Shoulder Bridge - L1  
  • Swimming - L1  
  • Double Leg Stretch - L1  
  • Abdominal Curl - L1  
  • Oblique Curl - L1  
  • Side Kick - L1  
  • Single Leg Stretch - L1  
  • Spine Twist - L1  
  • Scissors - L1  
  • Plank - L1  
  • Roll Down  
  • Swan - L1 
 


  • Hundred - L2  
  • Shoulder Bridge - L 
  • Swimming - L2  
  • Double Leg Stretch - L2 
  • Side Kick - L2  
  • Single Leg Stretch - L2 
  • Scissors - L2  
  • Roll Down, Press Up  
  • Swan - L2  
  • Roll Back 
  • Ab Prep Curl  
  • Side Bend - L1  
  • Spine Twist - L2 
 


  • Swimming L3 
  • Saw  
  • Scissors - L3  
  • Leg Pull - L3  
  • Hundred - L3  
  • Side Leg Lift - L3  
  • Side Bend - L2  
  • Double Leg Stretch 
  • Shoulder Bridge - L3 
  • Criss Cross  
 

 
ball

  • Abdominal Curl   
  • Oblique Curl   
  • Supine Twist   
  • Supine Bridge   
  • Glute Dips   
  • Shoulder Bridge 
  • Hundred   
  • Double Leg Stretc 
  • Leg Pull   
  • Roll out   
  • Ball Roll Down   
  • Ab Curl  legs straight 
  • Oblique Side Twist  
  • Single Leg Bridge   
  • Ab Curl v2    
  • Ultimate Ab Curl   
  • Spine Twist v2 
 


hamstring

  • Hamstring Stretch  
  • Glute Stretch  
  • Adductor Stretch  
  • Full Body Stretch  
  • Knees to Chest  
  • Pose as Child  
  • Thigh Stretch  
  • Cat Stretch  
  • Abdominal Stretch  
  • Oblique Stretch   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The original
 Pilates exercises were primarily used by fit and healthy people, especially dancers and gymnasts. Modern advances in exercise science and our understanding of how the human body works, suggests that these exercises were often too advanced for the general population.  More significantly, they could be damaging for people with injuries.  

Over the last decade the pilates method has been modernised that enables people of all abilities to enjoy all the benefits that Pilates offers. Despite this, 
Pilates can still be particularly challenging for beginners due to the mulitude of cues and therefore patience and practice is paramount.