Winsor Pilates for Your Arms

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Winsor Pilates techniques are typically completed using bands, light weights or other tools. Find out about Winsor Pilates for your arms with help from a trainer and fitness expert in this free video clip.

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Hey, guys! It’s Cari Shoemate, and I’m going to show you three Winsor Pilates moves for your arms. Now, with Pilates, typically you’re going to use either bands, or you’re going to use light weights, and either one of those can be used for these exercises. So, the first one I’m going to show you is just a V raise, a front V raise. So, you’re going to take two light weights, you’re going to start by keeping your spine really straight and your abs contracted. We’re going to lift the weights up at an angle and slightly point the thumbs down, and then lower back down. So, raise up. The weights are just coming right up to about shoulder height – you don’t need to come any higher than that. And, make sure to keep your shoulder blades grounded so you’re not raising your shoulders up and straining the neck. So, that’s a really good exercise for your shoulders, and a little bit of your core if you keep your abs tight. The second one is a bicep curl. So, again, for Pilates we typically use lighter weights for toning. So, for this move, you’re going to raise your weights up, and you’re going to curl your weights in. So, my elbows are out to the side, curling in toward my shoulders, and then back out. Just make sure that you don’t curl with the wrists. So, you want to keep your wrist really straight for this move. So, this one is great for toning the biceps. Now, to balance the bicep out, let’s do a move for the tricep. So, one of my favorites is just a tricep kickback, done with your two light weights, or you can stand on a resistance band and use a resistance band if you have that. So, for triceps you’re going to bend your knees, lean forward keeping a nice flat back, elbows are going to come up high behind you, and then you’re going to kick back with those weights. So, kick it back. Notice the only thing that’s really moving here is my elbow is hinging, and my hands are coming back. So, this is really going to target my triceps, just like that. So, for each of these moves I would aim for, like, three sets of about 12 to 15 reps. Now, make sure that on your other days that you also incorporate a few moves with heavy weights too. So, light weights are great for toning, and it’s great for Pilates, but you really want to make sure you’re also mixing in some heavier weights to really build and strengthen your muscles. I’m Cari Shoemate, and I’ll see you next time.

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