Looking for a quick , effective abs workout? Here’s my favourite pilates inspired one appropriate for both beginners and more advanced practitioners containing 3 classic pilates moves to get those abs working.
SINGLE LEG STRETCH
1. Prepare: Lie on your back with your knees bent and your shins parallel to the floor. This is tabletop position for the legs.
3. Exhale: Pull your abs in, taking your belly button down toward your spine, as you curl your shoulders up to the tips of the shoulder blades. As you curl up, your left leg extends at a 45-degree angle.
4. Inhale: Switch legs
5. Exhale: Bring the other leg in and curl up.
keep your neck& shoulders relaxed and your abdominals deeply scooped.
Breathing patterns may vary – you can also do two -part inhales&exhales.
You can do this exercise with your head down if you have any next injuries .
If the lower back is starting to come off the floor, and /or you are feeling discomfort in your back then your legs are too low. Raise your legs higher so that you are working your abs and not your back.
As your core strength increases, you may want to experiment with lowering the legs and/or raising the head and shoulders.
Follow the same procedure but keep the legs extended – longer leverage = bigger challenge .
CRISS CROSS -keep your hands behind the head/ ears and as the legs move as in SINGLE STRETCH add a twist as you’re curling up off the floor . Make sure it’s the shoulder moving towards the knee – not the elbow .