The Ultimate Upper Body Pilates Reformer Workout

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Summary

Get ready to sculpt and strengthen your upper body Pilates Reformer workout! In this session, we’ll be targeting every muscle in your abs and upper body, from your shoulders and triceps to your biceps and back. Prepare to feel the burn as we challenge your stability, control, and endurance through a series of targeted exercises. Whether you’re a Pilates pro or new to the reformer, this workout is designed to push you to new levels of fitness and leave you feeling empowered and energized. Let’s dive in!

Warm-Up and Core Activation

We’ll start with a focused abdominal warm-up to activate your core and prepare your body for the intensity ahead. Begin by arching and curling your spine, keeping your pelvis in a neutral position. As you inhale, arch your back, and as you exhale, curl up, feeling your abdominal muscles engage. Next, we’ll move into a tabletop position, pushing down and resisting as you lift your legs, reaching your fingers across the room. This will really get your core fired up and ready to support you throughout the workout.

Triceps and Shoulder Strength

Now it’s time to target those arms! We’ll start with some triceps extensions, engaging the back of the arms as we extend and bend the elbows. For an extra challenge, you can add a leg lift to this exercise. We’ll also work on shoulder stability and strength through a series of back rows, shoulder circles, and rotator cuff exercises. Remember to keep your chest open and your core engaged throughout these movements.

Biceps and Back Activation

Next, we’ll shift our focus to the biceps and back. Using the short loops, we’ll perform a series of bicep curls, keeping our chest open and our shoulders engaged. This is a tricky balance, so be sure to use your core to support your upper body. We’ll also incorporate back rows and lat pulldowns to work those all-important back muscles.

Core-Powered Planks

No upper body workout would be complete without some core-strengthening exercises. We’ll transition into a series of planks, focusing on engaging the glutes and shoulders to maintain proper form and stability. Remember to keep your low back neutral and avoid arching as you push back and forth on the reformer carriage.

Finishing Touches

To wrap up our session, we’ll move through a series of arm-intensive exercises, including overhead presses, triceps extensions, and chest-opening “hug a tree” movements. These will leave your upper body feeling strong, sculpted, and ready to take on the day.

Pilates Stretches

Finally, we’ll cool down with a restorative Mermaid stretch, allowing your body to release any tension and prepare for recovery. This full-body stretch will leave you feeling refreshed, renewed, and ready to tackle your next workout with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

Congratulations on completing this upper body reformer workout! I’m so proud of you for pushing through and unlocking your full strength potential. Be sure to check out my other reformer videos, and I’ll see you next week for another amazing workout. Until then, keep crushing it! 💪

Ready to transform your lower body with Pilates? Check out this 23-minute Pilates Hips, Glutes, and Thighs Workout to complete your full-body transformation. Let’s do this!

Pilates FAQs

  1. How often should I do this upper body reformer workout? For best results, aim to incorporate this workout into your routine 2-3 times per week, allowing for adequate rest and recovery between sessions.
  2. Can I modify the exercises to suit my fitness level? Absolutely! This workout is designed to be adaptable, so feel free to adjust the spring tension, range of motion, or exercise variations to challenge yourself while maintaining proper form.
  3. What equipment do I need for this  Pilates workout? You’ll need access to a Pilates reformer, and having  a variety of spring tensions available to accommodate your strength and experience level.
  4. How long does this workout take? The full workout is approximately 23 minutes long, so it’s a great way to fit in an effective upper body session even on a busy day.

Get ready to feel the burn and take your upper body strength to new heights with this dynamic Pilates Reformer workout! Remember to listen to your body, stay focused, and have fun. I’ll see you on the reformer!

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