This classic Pilates exercise fires up the abdominal muscles, promoting calorie burn and improving endurance.
Start lying down, arms extended overhead, and slowly roll up, reaching for your toes. Inhale as you roll down one vertebra at a time. Repeat 10 to 15 times for a complete set.
By isolating each leg, this exercise targets the deep abdominal muscles while enhancing hip flexor flexibility.
Start lying down, lift your head and shoulders, and extend both legs while reaching your arms overhead. Circle your arms around, and hug your knees back into your chest. Complete 10 to 12 reps.
Lie on your back, and lift your legs to tabletop. Rotate your torso to bring one elbow toward the opposite knee. Switch sides in a controlled and deliberate motion for 15 to 20 reps.
A staple in core workouts, the plank engages the entire abdominal region, promoting strength and stability.
Focusing on the obliques, the side plank is excellent for toning the waist and building lateral core strength.
Begin in a plank position with your hands under your shoulders. Keep your core tight as you lift one leg, and then lower it back down to a plank. Lift the other leg, and lower it back down. Repeat for 12 to 15 reps.
Lie on your back, and lift your head and shoulders. Scissor your legs in a controlled and fluid motion. Perform 15 to 20 reps.
Sit with your legs wide apart. Twist your torso to one side, and reach toward the opposite foot. Alternate sides for 10 to 12 reps.