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The series of 5 ‘Ab’ exercises is part of Joseph Pilates classical repertoire and if done with focus, precision and attention to breathing, it can be a superb routine for your core. I love this video by Lottie Murphy who is also a Body Control Pilates teacher. She does really lovely demo’s with clear and helpful instruction.…

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This teacher calls this exercise the basic Swan but Body Control call it the DIAMOND PRESS, different name but the same exercise. It’s fantastic for strengthening the upper spine and is a start position for some of the more challenging exercises we do, however it’s a brilliant exercise in its own right too! In class,…

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CAT and EXTENDED CAT are fantastic ways of gently flexing and extending the spine whilst strengthening the wrists and shoulders. In class we talk about how we tend to push into the thoracic spine (mid back) too easily – convincing ourselves that we’re getting even flexibility through the spine when we aren’t. This teacher shows…

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The DART is an excellent exercise for strengthening your whole back line and is really safe. I’m a sucker for a Geordie accent so have used this teacher again because I particularly like how she shows you the safest version and discusses core activation, just like we do in class. My only additional comment about…

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SPINE CURLS are an amazing all rounder and if you were only ever going to do three or four exercises as homework, this would be one I would include. I really like how this teacher demonstrates it with her client. It’s very clear and precise, she includes all the main watch areas, so rather than…

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