Pilates Table Top (Lv 2)

 

Difficulty:

2

Equipment Needed:

Mat, No Equipment

Workout type:

Low Impact, Pilates, Toning

Body focus:

Instructions

Lie on a mat with your feet on the ground and your knees at a 90° angle. Inhale then slowly exhale while moving into the imprint position. Inhale slowly and bring the left leg up off the ground, keeping your knee frozen at a 90° angle. When your knee is directly over your hip joint, hold this position. Exhale as you bring your right leg up to the same position, pausing before inhaling as you slowly lower the left leg back down. Once the left leg is relaxed exhale as you lower the right leg back down, maintaining a 90° angle on both knees the entire time. Repeat the motion, until you have completed all repetitions then repeat the motion this time leading with the right leg. Don’t let your core relax until you have completed all repetitions on both sides.

Purpose of the exercise

This is a position that is frequently used as a starting point or a transition for other Pilates exercises. It is also an exercise in itself and is good for warming up the core and even parts of the legs. With high repetitions this move tones the abdominals and the front of the thighs. It also engages throughout the abdominals toning the otherwise hard to target lower abs and strengthening and toning the muscles in the front of the hip.

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