Pilates Toe Taps, Double
Lie on your back in the Imprint position. Slowly bring both legs up one at a time to the Table Top position so that your knees are at 90º angle and directly over your hip joint.
Inhale deeply, then slowly exhale as you lower your both feet to the ground, keeping your knees at a 90º angle.
Tap your toes on the ground lightly, then inhale as you bring your legs back up to the Table Top position.
Repeat the motion until you have completed all repetitions, then slowly lower each leg to the ground individually before letting the Imprint position relax.
These are a challenging exercise to strengthen the abdominal muscles and tone the front of the hips and thighs. The motion of lowering both legs increases the tension on the abdominal muscles, as compared to the Single Toe Taps, forcing them to work harder to keep your back down on the mat. The ab muscle tension increases as the leg lowers and decreases as the leg comes back up but never loses tension like many other abdominal exercises do. In high repetitions this move quickly and effectively tones and strengthens the abdominal muscles as well as tones the thighs and hips, giving you a slender waistline and a long, lean look.