Sneaky Hard Glutes & Thighs with the Ultra-Fit Circle® Mini

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.

Man smiling on mat

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.

Nikki Naab-Levy

About Nikki Naab-Levy

Bodhi Master Instructor

Nikki Naab-Levy, B.S. Exercise Science, is a Pilates teacher, massage therapist and Balanced Body Bodhi Master Trainer in Tacoma, WA. Using her 10+ years experience in the fitness industry, she shows people who struggle with injury how to move better, so they can get fit with less pain. Her fitness wisdom has been featured in the Seattle Times, MindBodyGreen, The Huffington Post, and Men’s Fitness. When she’s not teaching a sneaky hard Pilates class, you can find her hiking in the Pacific Northwest with her husband K.C., nerding out on podcasts, and chain-drinking Americanos. Check out her blog for inspiration and info on all things intelligent movement at