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.
The Long Spine
It’s all about tucking in the belly and pushing the legs up using our core muscles.
The Back Split
Gives our thighs a good stretch. The balancing act makes us use our core muscles. Watch out, don’t fall!
Freakin’ tiring! Have to tuck in the belly, stick out the butt, and support our weight with our arms.
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.
It’s like going upside-down with the barrel as the main support. Made me dizzy the first time I did it.
The Spread Eagle
Requires a ton of arm strength; gives the back and spine a good stretch.
Nuff said. Lots of abs and core work, the slimmer the “V” the better. Beware of straining the lower back with this one.
With Mel, the sweetest instructor ever!
The Bellezza Shopping Arcade
1st floor, Unit# 137 (near West Entrance)
Jl. Letjen Soepono No. 34
Permata Hijau, Jakarta 12210
T. (021) 5366 2056
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Mon – Thurs: 8AM – 9 PM
Fri: 8 AM – 5 PM
Sat: 8 AM – 3 PM
Other hours are available for private sessions upon request.
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