The Pilates ring is an effective way to add challenge, fun, creativity, or proprioceptive feedback to mat classes and private sessions. However, depending on your proportions or the exercise, sometimes the traditional sized ring can be too wide, making the exercise feel awkward or uncomfortable.
Enter the mini ring. It’s smaller, so if you’re petite or don’t want to completely destroy your inner thighs in a single exercise, it’s a nice alternative.
One way to incorporate the mini ring into a workout is through the Pilates side leg series. In the video below, I’ve included a sequence using the mini ring to target the inner thighs, outer hips and glutes.
This sequence is what I like to refer to as “sneaky hard.” It’s simple enough that it can be safely taught in most settings, but feels challenging enough that it’ll satisfy your clients and class members who like to work hard.