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Pilates Mat Exercises with Hand Weights

at home mat props May 27, 2020

As much as we love Pilates mat work on its own, adding props can be a fun way to add some variety. Depending on how you use them, they can make an exercise more challenging or they can assist you through challenging movements. 

The exercises below use hand weights. Try them out and let me know in the comments which ones are your favorites!

 

Supine

  • Snow Angels
  • Single Side Arm
  • Overhead
  • Scissors

Side-Lying

  • Arm raise at shoulder height (90-degree shoulder flexion)
  • Arm circles

Prone

  • Dart
  • Prone Arm Clock

Seated + Rolling

  • Holding weights:
    • Spine Twist
    • Spine Stretch
    • Saw

Kneeling + Quadruped

  • Hold weights in your hands: The Z

Standing

  • Small Arm Circles with arms low
  • Small Arm Circles at chest height
  • Full Arm Circles
  • Biceps curls, with elbows at shoulder height
  • Overhead press

 

Purchase Your Hand Weights

I personally prefer hand weights over toning balls, but that's really a matter of taste. They do the same thing, obviously. Just your grip changes. 

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