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Wall Pilates 101: The Ultimate Workout For Core Strength

Ready to sculpt your core, boost strength, and find stability? We’ve got the perfect workout for you. Get ready to learn about the amazing power of Wall Pilates and discover why it’s the absolute bomb for building that strong core.

Say goodbye to boring workouts and hello to a fun fitness journey like no other. Get your sweat on and join us as we explore the exciting world of Wall Pilates. Let’s unleash the full potential of your core together!


Wall Pilates is a fun twist on traditional Pilates. It takes core strengthening exercises to a whole new level by using a wall or sturdy surface for support. Unlike regular Pilates which relies on body weight and gravity, Wall Pilates amps up the resistance by incorporating the power of the wall.

Joseph Pilates, the genius behind the original Pilates method, came up with this revolutionary idea. He’d use walls or props to help his clients nail down perfect alignment and form during their workouts. Fast-forward to today, and we’ve got instructors who’ve taken those ideas and made Wall Pilates everything it is now.

The beauty of Wall Pilates is it’s seriously versatile. It has something for everyone, whether you’re a beginner building that foundation or a seasoned pro pushing your limits. You can say hello to toned abs, sculpted arms, and a booty that won’t quit with this accessible workout.


All you need is a solid wall or a smooth, secure surface for a Pilates wall workout. Find a space with plenty of room to move, ensuring it’s free from anything that could get in the way. As an alternative, you can even use a door with a trusty doorstop as your anchor.

Before you start, you’ll need to warm up that bod. Warming up will get those muscles ready, get the blood pumping, and keep those injuries at bay. So, spend 5-10 minutes doing a chill dynamic warm-up that includes light stretches and cardio.

Once you’re ready to go, it’s time to dive into some awesome Wall Pilates exercises. Feel the movements, embrace the wall’s support, and pay attention to your body alignment. Don’t forget to engage that core like a boss throughout each exercise. Take your time to find the perfect form and get your positioning just right before trying more challenging moves.



This is a must-try move to fire up your core and give your spine a sweet stretch.

  1. Stand with your back against the wall and walk your feet 6 to 10 inches away. Engage those abs, keep your shoulders down, arms straight, and chest wide.
  2. Take a deep breath, nod your head, and start rolling down slowly, feeling each vertebra separate. Your arms stay parallel to your ears. Keep going until your hips can’t leave the wall.
  3. Inhale and feel the stretch. Now exhale and use those lower abs to roll back up, placing each vertebra on the wall.
  4. Feel the moment when your upper body rolls up between your shoulders. And voila, back to the starting position with engaged abs and dropped shoulders.


  1. Get into a plank position with your forearms on the wall, keeping your body straight from head to heels.
  2. Engage your abs, glutes, and shoulders to hold that position.
  3. Want to step it up? Try some shoulder taps or leg lifts while keeping those hips stable.

Wall plank variations build core strength and endurance while targeting your shoulders and stabilizing muscles.


This move is all about sculpting your glutes and lower back while leveling up that core stability.

  1. Lie on your back with your feet up against the wall and your knees bent at a nice 90-degree angle.
  2. Tuck your arms by your sides and push your feet into the wall as you raise your hips off the ground.
  3. Keep your body in a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. Hold that bridge for a few seconds, squeezing those glutes and lower back, and then slowly lower your hips back down.

These kick-ass Wall Pilates exercises are the real deal for building a strong core and rocking that sexy body awareness. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can level up to new Wall Pilates challenges.


You may be wondering, “Does Wall Pilates work?” Let us tell you, it’s a resounding yes! Here are the fabulous benefits of this enticing workout.


This workout is all about building killer core strength. Engaging those deep ab muscles, obliques, and lower back, helps strengthen and stabilize your center. Not only will you dominate in other activities, but you’ll also rock better posture and kick lower back pain to the curb.


With Wall Pilates exercises, you can enjoy a blend of dynamic and static stretches that will take your flexibility to new heights. As you flow through these movements, you’ll gradually unlock your range of motion, setting you free to move with ease in your everyday adventures.


The emphasis on alignment and body awareness helps correct postural imbalances and gives you that sexy upright posture. Strengthening the muscles responsible for keeping you aligned also reduces chronic back and neck pain.


Wall Pilates is gentle on the joints and perfect for all fitness levels and ages. Whether you’re recovering from an injury or just want a stress-free workout, this workout has got you covered.


Overall, Wall Pilates offers a transformative and holistic approach to fitness. It can be a game-changer for folks of all fitness levels. Embrace the mindful movements, set realistic goals, and stay consistent in your practice to experience the remarkable benefits of this unique workout.

Let’s roll, plank, and bridge our way to a stronger, healthier, and more balanced self. Don’t miss out on our online Pilates classes starting at just $20 per month!

Heather Andersen
Heather Andersen
Hello World! I’m Heather Andersen, the Founder of New York Pilates. My goal? To elevate Pilates into an accessible, fun, and kickass experience. My Pilates journey began back in high school, where I used Pilates as cross training as a pre professional ballet dancer. In 2006, I completed a mat Pilates certification from Balanced Body. A Gyrotonic certification soon followed, and then a 600-hour Pilates equipment certification from the Kane School. To delve deeper into anatomy, I studied with Irene Dowd, anatomy Guru who is the resident expert in the dance department at The Juilliard School. I launched the New York Pilates Pilates certifications in 2016 bringing my unique perspective to pilates training informed by my varied training background and my years of teaching and running a studio. I’m thrilled we have certified over 200 exceptional Pilates instructors through this program, who are spreading the pilates love in studios & gyms all over the globe. The impact of New York Pilates transcends workouts & reps. We teach people how to change not only bodies, but also lives.

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