Before attempting the classical Pilates exercise "Side Bend", we believe that sufficient should be built in the supporting side... and that's where Side Plank comes in! Because the weight of the upper body is supported on the elbow and not the hand, it is easier than the side bend and also a great way to build strength SAFELY!!!! For full length workouts that help build strength in order to do the more difficult classical Pilates workouts, try any Level I or Level II workout with our free trial of www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com. Learn more and sign up here! www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/free-trial
Even if you only have ten minutes you can still be good to your glutes! Join us for ten minutes of Pilates exercises that target the backside and lift the buttsky! If you like this, try any of our "Strong, Svelte & Savvy" workouts on www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com. Try subscriptions for free with a two week trial at www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/free-trial or download a "Strong, Svelte & Savvy" Pilates online DVD at www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/shop
If you've ever wondered if your abdominal connection is sufficient enough to protect your lower back when doing classical Pilates exercises such as The Hundred, Double Leg Stretch and many others, then Toe Taps is an excellent choice for you! As the femur (thigh bone) reaches away from the torso, make sure that the weight of that leg doesn't cause the hip bones to move away from the ribcage: a telltale sign that the strong abdominal connection has been lost. We do Toe Taps in many of our workouts on www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com just because it's such a GREAT self-check to perform at the beginning of each and every workout. To try out some of these workouts sign up for our free trial at www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/free-trial or purchase individual online Pilates DVDs at www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/shop
We love the exercise band (or stretch band) for both its versatility and portability. Join us for this ten minute glimpse into the workouts of www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com with this ten minute arms series. If you like what you see, sign up for our free trial at www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/free-trial.
We think that before doing long planks, including full push ups, one should master the short plank to ensure that the abdominal muscles are functioning to full capacity and protecting the spine and lower back. Short Plank 2 takes Short Plank 1 to the next level by testing unilateral stability. Try it and you might even be surprised at the asymmetry! For full workouts that incorporate fabulous exercises such as Short Plank 2, join www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com with our two week free trial: www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/free-trial.
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We believe that knowledge is power, and understanding how the abdominal muscles work can do wonders for your Pilates practice. You'll understand the mechanics, but, more importantly, you'll have amazing material with which to visualize what the exercises are doing and how the muscles are working.... a true mind-body connection! Then, take your new knowledge to work when you choose from hundreds of streaming Pilates videos online. Try out which subscription suits you best with our free trial: www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/free-trial