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This 10 Minute Pilates Routine effectively targets the upper and lower abdominals, obliques, and back. Many of these Pilates exercises also target and tone the glutes and thighs.
Having a strong core can protect the back from injuries and ailments such as sprains, stiffness, and even bouts of sciatica. Pilates is excellent for gaining core strength and this beginner routine is the perfect way to start building a stronger midsection that will be less prone to injury.
Doing this abs workout just twice through will make for a 10 minute Pilates routine. To garner the most toning benefits, do this three times through, every other day of the week. The only equipment that you will need is a thick Pilates mat.
How to do this Beginner’s Pilates Workout
Do each exercise for the set time period or indicated number of repetitions. Do the entire routine at least twice through, but three times through in order to make the most gains in strength, flexibility, and muscle tone.
30 Seconds Pilates Hundreds
15 Pilates Kneeling Rear Leg Raises(on each leg)
15 Pilates Side Plank with Legs Raises (on each side)
15 Pilates Back Bows
15 Pilates Table Tops(each leg lifted makes one set)
15 Pilates Kneeling Side Leg Raise (on each side)
30 Seconds Pilates Imprint
Not hard enough? Once you have mastered these beginner Pilates exercises, challenge yourself and your body by trying the advanced version.
A lot of people scoff at the concept of something like Pilates being a very difficult workout – chances are 99% of the people who do are likely only doing so because they have not yet tried it themselves.
Everyone from the returning-to-exercise elderly to the top-of-their-game athletes can benefit from incorporating Pilates exercises into their regular routines.
This form of exercise not only increases functional strength and flexibility but also encourages a certain attentiveness between an individual and their body. Pilates forces a level of body awareness that you just can’t get from plodding away mindlessly on a treadmill or pedaling away on a stationary bike.
When you do regular Pilates workouts, you become very aware of where your body is weak and/or inflexible, which in turn gives you the knowledge you need to make improvements. The realization of the body's weak spots is not always a pleasant experience, but taking strides to strengthen those weak spots leads to an increase in the quality of life.