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Top 3 Pilates Standing Exercises

Posted on 1st April 2019 by

This month, Physio and Pilates Instructor, Chris, has chosen his top 3 Pilates exercises you can do in standing.

Our mat based classes (as the name suggests!), involve a range of mat exercises in sitting, lying on your back or side. However, Pilates exercises done in standing are very important too. Doing these exercises will engage and work different sets of muscles.

#1 Arm Openings Level 1

  1. Start in a natural standing position.
  2. Lift your arms forwards to shoulder height, shoulder width apart, palms facing inwards.
  3. Level 1:
    • Inhale, rotate the thoracic spine, head and neck to the right, keeping the pelvis still. Let your right arm follow the movement of the spine while reaching forwards with your left arm.
    • Exhale, rotate your body back to the midline, allowing your arm to follow the movement to resume the starting position.
    • Repeat up to ten times alternating sides.

#2 Foot Series

  1.  Starting position in a natural standing position. Centre engaged.
  2. Inhale to prepare.
  3. Exhale, bend your hips and knees 45 degrees.
  4. Inhale, peel the heels off the floor, keeping the hips and knees bent.
  5. Exhale, straighten your hips and knees, keeping the heels lifted.
  6. Inhale, lower the heels to return to the starting position.
  7. Repeat up to ten times and then reverse the direction of movement.
  8. Watch points:
    • Keep your back in a neutral position, so don’t bend forwards or backwards from the spine.
    • Aim to rise and lower largely on the vertical plane only. No shifting of the center of gravity.
    • Try and keep your big toe on the floor.
    • Control the lowering phase slowly.
    • Avoid locking your knees.

#3 Side Leg Lift Level 1

  1. Starting position – Right lunge. Left leg extended to the side, with the tip of the big toe resting on the floor. Trunk hinged forwards from the hips at around 45 degrees. Hands on waist. Centre engaged.
  2. Inhale to prepare.
  3. Exhale, reach your left toes away and then lift your left leg horizontally up from the hip, keeping the pelvis stable. Hold.
  4. Inhale, reach and lower the leg to the floor.
  5. Repeat up to ten times and then repeat on the opposite side.

Read More 

We have lot’s of informative and educational Pilates articles over on our blog, which you can find here

If you’re interested in finding out more about joining our specialist Clinical Pilates classes at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford, take a look at the details of what we offer, our timetable of over 20 classes a week and more information about getting started with Pilates.


Summer Pilates 2018 at goPhysio!

Posted on 2nd July 2018 by

This summer we’re mixing it up a little for summer Pilates at goPhysio! We’re offering a totally Summer Pilates 2018 goPhysio Chandlers Fordflexible and varied timetable of classes.

You’ll still have the opportunity to come along to a regular Clinical Pilates mat class, but we’ll also be offering some fun classes and a charity class throughout the week. It’s a great opportunity for you to try a different class, a different instructor or do some extra classes!

Whatever class you choose to come along to, you’ll find a warm welcome in our cool, air-conditioned and spacious studio. All equipment is provided.

We appreciate summer is a busy time for many people, with holidays and children to work around. Based on feedback from our regular Pilates attendees, we’ve put together a system that aims to offer an easy, flexible and fair way for you all to enjoy your Pilates over the summer. 

Summer Timetable

Summer Pilates classes will be running from 6th August – 1st September 2018. Bookings open Friday 6th July.

Take a look at and download the full Summer Pilates Timetable here – Summer Pilates Timetable 2018

You can download the full Summer Pilates class descriptions and booking information here – Summer Pilates 2018 Booking Information and Class Descriptions.

Booking a class 

To ensure efficient and smooth running of the Summer Pilates for all, please read the following booking information carefully which applies to all Summer Classes (mat classes, express classes and Special classes): 

  • All classes can be booked at Reception or by calling 023 8025 3317. Booking opens on Friday 6th July.
  • All classes are booked individually, so you can book and pay for exactly which classes suit you over the summer. You can book as few or as many classes as you like. 
  • Places will be limited, so advanced booking is recommended. You can book a place in a class (subject to availability) right up until the class starts, so as long as there is a space you may be able to join on the day.
  • To secure your place in any class, you will need to pay for the class(es) at the time of booking. No bookings will be made without payment. 
  • All bookings are final, there will be no refunds for unattended classes, so please only book and pay for classes that you know you can attend. 
  • Summer classes will not be transferable. We cannot swap you from one class to another once a booking has been made. 
  • Unattended classes can not be ‘made up’ over the summer or during the next course. 

Class Descriptions

Mat Classes £12.50/class 1 Hour Regular Clinical Mat Pilates classes will be run throughout the week. Classes are run at 3 different levels, beginners for those new to Pilates or who want a gentler workout, intermediates for those who regularly attend Pilates and want more of a challenge and advanced for those who are really confident with their Pilates. There is also a mixed class, where all levels will be catered for.

Pilates Express – Abdo Blast £6.50/class  30 Minutes A quick, fun 30 minute express class, purely focused on targeting the abdominal muscles. Get ready to feel the burn!  

Pilates Express – Glute Blast £6.50/class 30 Minutes A quick, fun 30 minute express class, purely focused on targeting the gluteal (bottom) muscles. Get ready to feel the burn! 

All The Balls £12.50/class 1 HourA Pilates class for all levels using the large Swiss/Gym Balls. A variety of exercises whilst you sit on the ball, lay over the ball or use the ball in your hands or under your feet! A fun and challenging session to add variety to your Pilates workout.

Charity Mixed Mat Voluntary Donation 1 Hour This year, goPhysio are supporting The Brain Tumour Charity. Once a week, we’ll be dedicating one class to this charity. There will be no charge for this mixed level mat class, but we will be collecting voluntary donations from all those attending. Places will be limited, and advanced booking is essential to reserve your place on this class. You can donate to our chosen charity online here

Pilates For Sports £12.50/class 1 Hour Whatever your sport, this Pilates class will work around challenging you to improve your strength, flexibility, endurance and stability to help with your sporting performance, help build physical durability and prevent injury.

Magic Circle £12.50/class 1 Hour A fun class, using the magic circle to add resistance and aid flexibility as part of your mat work class.

Absolute Beginners £12.50/class 1 Hour This 1 hour session is for absolute beginners to Pilates. If you’re not sure what Pilates is, what a class would involve or whether it’s for you, now’s your chance to give it a try! It will cover all the Pilates basics, help you understand more about Pilates and give you the opportunity to practice some exercises.

Please download the Summer Pilates 2018 Booking Information and Class Descriptions here.

Please note, if you are new to Pilates, you will be required to come along for a 30 minute Pilates 1-2-1 before you join a class. This is commonplace for Clinical Pilates and helps make sure you get the most from the classes. Why not take advantage of our free Pilates 1-2-1 this summer?

Free Pilates 1-2-1 

Throughout the whole of August, we are offering a FREE PILATES 1-2-1 for anyone new to our classes. We always advise doing a 1-2-1 with one of our Pilates Instructors before starting Pilates. It’s a great way to find out what you want to achieve through coming to Pilates, screen for any injuries that we may need to consider or work around during the classes and teach you the basics of Pilates. This will really help you get the most benefit from the classes.

If you or someone you know would like to start Pilates, this is a great opportunity to get started. To book your free 1-2-1, just give us a call on 023 8025 3317 or pop into the clinic in Chandlers Ford and quote ‘SUMMER PILATES’. We’ll get your 1-2-1 booked in at a time that suits you and then you’ll be ready to start the classes!

Enjoy your summer of Pilates at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford!