Favorite: Double Leg Stretch. It really is the definition of Pilates – stabilization, a two-way stretch, a huge reach. It also feels great!
Least favorite: Kneeling Side Kicks! It’s the exercise that is the most challenging for me (I should do it all the time).
Day 7 of #marchmatness2016 is the #doublelegstretch ✔️ Video sped up x2 to show two fun variations: an oblique version (arms extend to the right as legs go left & vice versa) and one with bent knees that gets deep into the lower #abdominals. #abseries #marchmatness #pilateseveryday
“Day 7 of #marchmatness2016 is the #doublelegstretch ✔️ Video sped up x2 to show two fun variations: an oblique version (arms extend to the right as legs…”
Favorite: Kneeling Side Kick is my favorite because it works so many muscle groups to stabilize and it burns in the glutes so nicely.
Least favorite: Leg Pull Back because I feel like I can never get my hips high enough and my legs feel so heavy.
Favorite: I love Rollovers because of the spinal articulation combined with ab work. Unlike the yoga “plow pose,” the emphasis is on abdominal strength to keep the legs parallel to the floor versus trying to get the toes to the ground. Flex the feet, and the spinal traction feels amazing while the abs shake from controlling the movement, keeping the shape and the space between the thighs and chest consistent throughout the exercise. It’s a pure exercise of strength and control.
Least favorite: Kneeling Side Kicks…ugh. They are so effective, digging into all the muscles of the glutes while challenging the obliques. “Push the floor away, lift the side waist, keep the hips and shoulders stacked…oh, and move your leg.” It’s a full body workout disguised as a casual leg swing. Rude. Only acceptable to the beats of Pitbull.
#marchmatness2016 day 3 is the #rollover! Try it at home: 1) Lie on your back with arms by your sides or overhead 2) Use your low abs to lift your legs up and overhead 3) Open your legs hips distance 4) Lower down slowly Works your #abs, #back & #glutes! Try it with bent knees for an even deeper #abdominal challenge!
“#marchmatness2016 day 3 is the #rollover! Try it at home: 1) Lie on your back with arms by your sides or overhead 2) Use your low abs to lift your legs…”
Favorite: I love love love Boomerang.
Least favorite: I hate Hip Circles on the mat. (But I love them on the reformer!)
#HappyFriday Fusers! Grab a mat and try today’s #marchmatness2016 #exercise – the #onelegcircle! Make sure your lifted leg is stacked knee over hip, and that your #hips and #shoulders stay stable throughout the move. Find a point on the ceiling for your foot to come back to on each rotation. Experiencing a “popping” sensation in your hip with this exercise? Try making your circle smaller, pulling your abs in deeper and slightly engaging your glutes. With correct form this one is more challenging than it looks!
“#HappyFriday Fusers! Grab a mat and try today’s #marchmatness2016 #exercise – the #onelegcircle! Make sure your lifted leg is stacked knee over hip, and…”
Favorite: I think the Rollover – love the way it works my back and my abs!
Least favorite: Anything with a glute focus. Ugh!
Favorite: Probably be a tie between Side Kick Series–I love how the side lying position allows me to focus on my glutes and obliques (and okay, it is kind of nice to feel like you are resting and exercising at the same time), and Boomerang because it combines several great exercises into one and is just fun.
Least favorite: Neck Pull. Terrible name, and I have a hard time relaxing my neck and shoulders to let my head rest in my hands.
Halfway through #marchmatness2016 and today’s #exercise is a doozy! Despite the name, avoid pulling on your neck during #neckpull – if you feel like you’re starting to pull on your neck, release your hands forward and do a traditional #rollup then bring your hands back behind your head at the top before leaning back. This move is great for #abdominal #strengthening (especially those #upperabs!). @apahern
“Halfway through #marchmatness2016 and today’s #exercise is a doozy! Despite the name, avoid pulling on your neck during #neckpull – if you feel like…”
Favorite: Neck Pull. I know people hate it, but I love how it focuses both on elongating your spine and spinal articulation. I also love how it works your entire body and it is CHALLENGING!
Least favorite: Pushups. Mainly because I am not good at doing them. I know they are so important, though!
Favorite: Shoulder Bridge. It’s great for strengthening your glutes and hamstrings and I love the variations that are possible.
Least favorite: Rollups. I have a long torso and short legs so it’s an exercise I do not do with ease. I’m working on it!
Favorite: A tie between Jack Knife and Boomerang (because they both require tremendous amounts of control, strength, and patience, and subtle adjustments can lead to huge change).
Least favorite: Saw (because it has always been my nemesis!).
Least favorite: Leg Pulls. My hip flexors do not like this! It’s a work in progress.
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