More of a balance…

One leg circle is one of the best pilates exercises for testing your core strength. The abs need to work hard to keep the shoulders and pelvis stable, despite the movement of the leg in the hip socket. One leg circle also tones and stretches the thighs. This is a focus exercise meaning, work the abdominals while keeping the Pilates principles of centering, …

Roll up! Roll up!

Next on the list in our classical Pilates repertoire, to follow The Hundred (hardCORE warm up), is ‘The Full Roll Up’ (or Half Roll Down for beginner mat). This exercise is designed to strengthen the abdominals through a full range of movement and also stretch the lower back. It seems like it would be an easy exercise, however, for many individuals they …

The Hundred

In accordance to the previous post, a great exercise to combine core work and breathing technique is The Hundred. This exercise is usually introduced at the beginning of a workout to help warm the body up as it really engages the abdominals and uses the breath to pump the oxygenated blood around the body, ready for the rest of the session! The Hundred builds core …