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

Pilates teacher and certified functional strength coach

Nikki Naab-Levy PMA®-CPT is a Pilates teacher and certified functional strength coach with over a decade of experience helping clients build strength and overcome injury. She holds B.S. in Exercise Science and B.S. Journalism from Ohio University and was second place in the 2018 Next Pilates Anytime Instructor Competition. Her fitness wisdom has been featured in Girls Gone Strong, The Seattle Times, and Men’s Fitness. She is a Master Trainer for the Balanced Body Bodhi Suspension System. When she’s not teaching a sneaky hard Pilates class, you can find her hiking in the Pacific Northwest with her corgi Charlie, practicing improv, and chain-drinking Americanos. To learn more about Nikki, visit her website or say hello on Instagram.