Check out this variation of the Pilates 100!
There is nothing better in life than adding a new twist to a classic exercise. Take fitGevity’s version of the Pilates 100, created by yoga master Sydney Forestal, for example (you’ll be popping a bead to her yoga videos within the next few weeks!). Our take on the Pilates 100 incorporates a resistance band for extra difficulty. In addition to your abdominals getting a kick in the butt, you’ll also feel your triceps and lats burning. Ah, how we love to multitask.
So dig in! Try out fitGevity’s take on the classic Pilates 100, and play around. Maybe you’ll find a variation we haven’t thought of just yet. If so let us know; we’d love to share your findings with the fitGevity community.
- Start by lying on your back. Bring your knees into your chest; feet are flexed towards the ceiling.
- Drape the resistance band over your feet and grab the handles.
- Tuck your tailbone under by decreasing the space between your hipbones and rib cage.
- Draw your belly button to your spine and engage your core.
- Extend your legs so they are pointed upwards; feet still flexed towards the ceiling.
- Extend your arms so they are straight in front of you; palms facing down.
- Inhale; Exhale as you curl your head, neck and upper spine off the ground. Chin is pointed down and gaze is at your belly button. Keep your shoulders sliding down your back and lats engaged.
- Inhale; Exhale as you pull down on the bands in 4 counts, hold at the bottom of the motion for 1 count, and return to the starting position in 2 counts. Repeat.
- Ideally you will be performing 1 set with as many reps as it takes for your muscles to fatigue. However, if you are a numbers person try performing 3 sets of 10 reps and adjusting from there.
- Tip: Breathe in and out with the motion.
- Tip: Keep your motions slow and purposeful. Try not to use momentum.
- Tip: Make sure to keep shoulders and neck relaxed to ensure that your abdominals are doing the work.
- Variation: At the bottom of the motion, when your hands are closest to the floor, add little pulses.
- Variation: Extend your legs lower to the ground for a more challenging abdominal exercise.
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