You can do this for the holidays, when a little one is home sick, in addition to your regular workout, when you had the extra glass of wine, any time!
So there's a break in your classes, and you don’t want to lose everything you’ve built up at pilates Well, here you go- a simple, straightforward mat routine that targets your abs, butt and thighs. You can do as many of each move as you’d like- normally between 5 and 15- but make sure you do the same amount on both sides if it’s a split move!
If you're a pilates student, you know the drill-
*Make fun of these photos and just see how many "arms to a T" welcome you back!!!!
Lay on your back with the feet on the floor, knees bent, back neutral, arms overhead. Draw the arms forward and curl, maintaining neutral.
Do it again, with the legs straight out in front, anchored to the floor and back still neutral.
And again, with the legs straight up to the sky and, you guessed it, the back still neutral. From your last rep, do reverse curls.
Now you’ll do it all over again, with the arms in a diagonal. The top arm comes up and over, reaching for an invisible center line extending from the knees or toes up to the sky. Do all one side, then the other.
The hips stay square, and reach from the obliques.
Legs in tabletop, NEUTRAL!, tap one shin then the other to change without rocking
Oblique Knee Changes
Fingernails to the forehead, palms open. You’ll twist into these knee changes, but think RIBCAGE to knee, not ELBOW.
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