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8 Pilates Exercises for a Tighter Tummy

Posted on 21 February 2011

What is Pilates?

According to Wikipedia: Pilates (English pronunciation: /pɨˈlɑːtiːz/, German: [piˈlaːtəs]) is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates in Germany,[1] the UK and the USA. As of 2005, there were 11 million people practicing the discipline regularly and 14,000 instructors in the United States.[2]

That’s a whole lot of people practicing Pilates! That being the case, I’m sure there is a reason: One Being – tightening up your tummy!

So here are 8 Pilates Exercises for a Tighter Tummy

This was taken from a Women’s Health magazine written by By Jen Ator. For the full article visit: “Article

In a summary:
1. Mermaid with Ball
An exercise where you brace your core while doing an overhand reach over.

2. Roll Over
As the title suggests, lay on your back and stretch out those legs by rolling them up as you lift your hips and over behind your head.

3. Footwork on Ball
Much like a Hamstring curl on a exercise ball, you’ll use a medicine ball for this butt and core workout!

4. Swan on Ball
An exercise with medicine ball to lengthen your spine!

5. Back Arm Row
Kinda like a reverse crunch… start sitting up and lower your body 45 degree and tighten that core!

6. Mermaid with a twist
Like #1 but you add a twist to it.

7. Roll back and Up
Straight leg situps but holding a medicine ball to help engage your core.
8. Coordination with ball
A tough crunch/cherry bomb type exercise with an exercise ball in hand.

Okay, I didn’t do these exercises justice by listing them this way – but the workout is awesome!

After teaching several physically active fitness classes, finishing off with a core workout with these 8 exercises is a great way to close out a class!

You must try them and note the results in a couple of weeks of Pilates!

Believe me – without a warmup – this will still get you sweaty!

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