Too often Pilates is underestimated as a form of rigorous workout. The truth is that Pilates is one of the best workouts to help you build muscle and tone your body. In addition, it will help you with your posturing as well. If you’re sick of going to the gym everyday or need a new workout, try these Pilates moves to help sculpt your body and build strength. Be sure to invest in a yoga mat.
Pelvic Press & Leg Lift: This move will strengthen your core, tighten your abdomen, build your booty, and help tone your legs.
Start off by lying on your back. Create a bridge by lifting your pelvis in the air and positioning your feet so that they are straight beneath your knees. Keeping your shoulders to the ground, balance yourself out by placing your arms and hands in an upside down V-shape. Then, begin the exercise by lifting your left up straight so that both of your thighs align. Then, lower your leg so that it runs straight, parallel to the ground. Finally, raise your pelvis and your left leg up into the air so that your toes point towards the ceiling. Repeat 10 times and then switch legs.
Hip Circles: This move look deceivingly easy… however, it is one of the more advanced Pilates moves. This will have you feeling sore throughout your entire body.
Sit on your mat and bring your knees together to create an upside down V. Lift your arms up, overhead, and behind you then place your hands flat on the mat behind you. Now, bend your knees in towards your chest and extend your legs out to a 45 degree angle to the floor. Then, circle your legs to the right, the center, and back to the middle. Then, circle them counterclockwise to the middle. Make sure your legs are always even side by side. Make sure to inhale and exhale with each circle.
Mermaid Twist: This is a move that will help you slim, tighten, and tone your abdominal area.
Start by sitting on your yoga mat with your left leg flat on the floor, knee bent to 90 degree angle and balance yourself by keeping your left palm on the floor. Then bend your right leg so that your knee is pointing towards the ceiling and place your right foot flat on the floor in front of your left foot. Next, straighten both legs to raise your hips toward the ceiling while shifting your weight onto your left arm and extending your right arm over your head. Now, twist your torso down and reach your right arm underneath your body as if you are trying to grab something that is behind you. Make sure that your back is straight from your hip to your left hand as your reach. Finally, return to starting position and repeat 10 times before you switch sides.