New Series from Pilates with Diane

Article by Diane Clark 13.05.16

Hello, I’m Diane Clark the owner of Pilates with Diane. I been teaching Pilates around Southam and Leamington Spa for 5 years now.I’ve been practicing Pilates for over 10 years. I started attending Pilates classes at my local Leisure Centre as well as working out in the Gym and going swimming. After only a few sessions I was “hooked” on Pilates and haven’t looked back since.

Over the next 5 weeks I’ll be showing you different exercises that can help stretch, strengthen and mobilize the back. Add them together for a mini routine or do separately.

With the cobra & swimming – release into child pose or Cat Stretch (shown next week) after to stretch & relax the spine.

Cobra – 10 reps

Strengthens and stretches the spine and promotes sequential movement of the spine. Strengthens the glutes and backs of the legs promoting openess in the hip joint. In the fully raised position it also stretches out the stomach muscles (rectus abdominus) and strengthens the triceps.

1. Lie face down on your mat with arms positioned as in photo. Inhale to prepare

2. Exhale & slowly raise head & shoulders off the mat. Inhale and hold

3. Exhale & return to start position. Repeat up to 10 times in total

 4. Finish in Child’s pose for 5 breaths.

Level 2 – Carry out options 1 & 2 then

Article Inhale, slowly raising the top half of the body (keeping the hips & legs in contact with the mat) off the mat. Looking straight ahead, exhale and return slowly to position (1)

I hope these exercises give you a little insight into Pilates …

Please contact me for any further information or to book your trial session whether
£8 for the trial session


A group class – Only £42 per 6 week course – Harbury or Ufton

Or an hour personal session at my Southam Studio

– whether 1:1 (£35) or 1:2 (£60)


Diane Clark

Pilates with Diane

Tel: 07809 621142


Twitter: @Pilates_Diane