Emily Altneu, a Pilates Teacher at the Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy, is demonstrating 6 key moves that help build strength and stability


Whether you are experienced in Pilates or not tried it yet, some of these very simple yet effective moves can benefit all. They help with core strength and stability.


This move uses a theraband to do a seated row. The focus is the mid back: postural muscles and shoulder girdle stability.







This is a standing spinal rotation for a healthy spine.







Oblique twists. Use the soft ball as a prop to understand the connection between the feet, inner thighs, pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles.







Single leg stretch preparation. This is a leg extension to really challenge the core and back.







This is the beginning of the lower lift. Pilates V stance with the feet. Heel squeeze / glute squeeze / arm press. It’s total body engagement to activate the core.






This  is the beginning of the “lower lift”. The lower lift is a fantastic challenge for pelvic stability. Moving the legs but not tipping the pelvis for 360 abdominal work.





Emily Altneu teaches General Pilates and Reformer Pilates at the Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy. To find out more about Emily, check out her bio here. 

You can also follow Emily on social media @swiftfitlondon

To view the full schedule of yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi classes at the Putney Clinic and to book a class, click here.