Pilates Oblique Crunch with Leg Raise (Lv 3)
Lie on a mat on your right side. Make a straight line with your body and place your right hand palm down on the ground at a 45° angle above your head.
Extend your left hand straight up above your head and tighten your core, pulling your belly button in as you inhale.
Exhale as you lift your shoulders and legs off the ground, balancing on your hipbone and waist while crunching your shoulder and elbow down towards your hip. Keep your left hand straight in the air through the motion.
Slowly inhale as you lower back down to hover just above the ground before continuing your repetitions. Complete all repetitions before relaxing your core and letting your shoulder and feet lower completely, then switch sides and repeat.
The Pilates Oblique Crunch with Leg Raise is a well-balanced core exercise that focuses on the obliques. It also incorporates the shoulders and inner and outer thighs for stabilization. As part of a Pilates routine or home workout, this will effectively tone and slim your waistline and thighs, giving you the long and lean look. This hardest level has you extending an arm above your head, which increases the difficulty of the movement and helps build balance.