Half Roll Down with Obliques, or Obliques 2 is a great way to both build abdominal strength and also protect the neck if classical Pilates exercises performed in the supine cause discomfort. We'll take you through proper execution and what to focus on so that you can reap the most benefits from this fabulous exercise. To see it in action, join us for a free trial at www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/free-trial
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
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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Many Pilates exercises involve what we call a "long plank" position, but achieving the proper position in the long plank is absolutely essential. Doing planks correctly from square one will make your abs flatter, and, more importantly, strengthen your core and protect your lower back. For lots of full workouts that feature planks and other Pilates goodies, log on to www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com and either join us for a free trial (www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/free-trial), or shop a la carte at www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/shop
The Roll Up is a classical Pilates exercise that is a staple in most tried and true Pilates classes. But note! It is not only a test of abdominal strength, but of spinal flexibility and hip flexor strength as well... if you are lacking in either of these areas, then the Roll Up will be extremely challenging. But we can help you with that! Join www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com for a two week free trial and explore many other mat workouts and exercises that will increase both your strength and spinal flexibility. Check out our free trial at www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com/free-trial.
The Double Leg Stretch is a classical Pilates exercise that strengthens your abdominal muscles and your core. Reaching your arms and legs away from your torso challenges your core strength To increase the core challenge don't let your head and shoulders drop as your arms and legs reach away and pull in your abs to keep them as flat as possible---always! Visit www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com for a Pilates DVD online perfect for you!
The Side Leg Lift Series is part of the classical Pilates repertoire and the Circles strengthen the core flatten the abdominal muscles and tone the inner and outer thighs. If you feel strain in your lower back bring your legs slightly forward of your body but for a real challenge maintain a perfectly straight line and bring your top hand to your hip. Visit www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com for full length Pilates workouts online and Pilates dvds online.
The One Leg Kick is an original Pilates exercise that strengthens the hamstrings and glutes. Youll tone the back of the legs and firm your butt while increasing your abdominal strength as you hold your abs off the floor. If you have tight quads only bend your knee as far as is comfortable or feel free to pulse only once. Visit www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com for a break down of every Pilates exercise and also for a Pilates DVD that you can do online!
The Breast Stroke is a classical Pilates exercise that increases the flexibility and strength of the upper spine. Keep your bottom rib on the mat to encourage the upper spine to extend and not the low back When lying on your stomach make sure you keep your abdominals engaged and the bones of your pelvis namely the hip bones and pubic bone pressing evenly into the mat. Visit www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com for more info.
The Saw is a classical Pilates exercise that increases the flexibility and strength of the core. Be careful not to turn this into a hamstring stretch The goal of the exercise is to use the abdominal muscles to rotate the spine then flex the spine over the leg scooping out the abdominals. If you have tight hip flexors or hamstrings start sitting on a small cushion so you can begin the exercise in upright alignment. Visit www.ultimatepilatesworkouts.com for more info on this fabulous but often misunderstood exercise.