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Pilates 101: Basic Exercises

In my last post on the challenge of new-age sport pilates, I gloated slightly about firmer abs and better fitting jeans post 2 months of pilates, which by the way did not come easy.

No pain, no gain, right?

Now, I want to share with you several basic Pilates exercises and poses, each targeted to work on a particular area.

You may not be able to see the “gain,” but here’s a look at the “pain” for now.


Pilates 101: Basic Exercises

The Long Spine
It’s all about tucking in the belly and pushing the legs up using our core muscles.

Pilates 101: Basic Exercises

The Back Split
Gives our thighs a good stretch. The balancing act makes us use our core muscles. Watch out, don’t fall!

Pilates 101: Basic Exercises

The Snake
Freakin’ tiring! Have to tuck in the belly, stick out the butt, and support our weight with our arms.

Pilates 101: Basic Exercises

The Elephant
That kooky chair had me fearing for my life once. I’m innately afraid I might be flung off to the wall while up on that chair.

Pilates 101: Basic Exercises

Pilates 101: Basic Exercises

The Tree
It’s like going upside-down with the barrel as the main support. Made me dizzy the first time I did it.

Pilates 101: Basic Exercises

The Spread Eagle
Requires a ton of arm strength; gives the back and spine a good stretch.

Pilates 101: Basic Exercises

The Teaser
Nuff said. Lots of abs and core work, the slimmer the “V” the better. Beware of straining the lower back with this one.

Pilates 101: Basic Exercises

With Mel,  the sweetest instructor ever!


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This article was happily contributed by:

INGGRID YONATHAN


Inggrid loves immersing herself in new experiences, such as swimming with sharks in Hawaii; getting lost in the deserted streets of Tanjong Pinang; taking up new sports like Muay Thai, fishing, and more. Inggrid’s secret ambition is to win the reality show “Amazing Race” and to make her mark as an entrepreneur. She is unafraid to explore her limits and accept any challenges. Just don’t make her eat nasty things and watch horror movies alone, because things can get ugly…


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