Pilates Side Plank with Leg Raise (Lv 2)

 

Difficulty:

4

Equipment Needed:

Mat, No Equipment

Workout type:

Low Impact, Pilates, Strength Training, Toning

Body focus:

Instructions

Lie on your right side with your feet stacked. Prop up your lower body on your forearm and elbow, pressing your shoulder down and away from your neck. Inhale. Exhale, lifting your hips up into a side plank so that your body forms a straight line from head to toe with only the right forearm and foot touching the ground. Place your left hand on your hip and keep the line from shoulder to shoulder perpendicular to the ground. Inhale. Exhale, and raise the left leg up as high as you can, then inhale as you lower it back down to hover over the right foot. When all repetitions are complete, repeat on the opposite side.

Purpose of the exercise

The Pilates move firms the obliques, provides outer thigh toning, and stabilizes the muscles in the shoulders and core. This particular level of the exercise requires a great deal of core strength and balance. Add this Pilates abs and core exercise to your workout program in order to strengthen arms, tone hips, slim thighs, and trim the waist.

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