Pilates Oblique Crunch with Leg Raise (Lv 1)

 

Difficulty:

2

Equipment Needed:

Mat, No Equipment

Workout type:

Low Impact, Pilates, Strength Training, Toning

Body focus:

Instructions

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. Place your left hand on your left thigh 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 reaching with your left hand down towards your feet. 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.

Purpose of the exercise

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. At first it may seem that this move has very little range of motion, but as you get stronger your range will increase, giving you even more control over your core.

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