Quick and Easy Pilates Toning and Flexibility Workout

 

Calorie burn:

51 to 85

Minutes:

17

Difficulty:

2

Equipment Needed:

Mat, No Equipment

Workout type:

Low Impact, Pilates, Yoga/Stretching/Flexibility

Body focus:

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Workout Details

This Pilates routine is short and sweet but still gets a good sweat going with no need for a warm up or a cool down. In this video I wanted to incorporate the warm up and cool down into the main body of the routine, so what we get is a workout with no breaks; just work.

Though this routine targets the core muscles predominantly (as with most Mat Pilates workouts), we also threw in some leg dominant moves to get the entire body involved as well. We did keep this routine more on the core side to target the abs, lower back and obliques to really get some good muscle tone from it. After all who, doesn't want a nice toned midsection.

Keep in mind that though this is a relatively light, low impact workout, you can make it more difficult by using small hand or ankle weights. Just be careful though as even using a one pound weight in an outstretched arm or leg can make a huge difference in difficulty and more importantly soreness the next day. There are always options to modify exercises to make them harder or easier so feel free to alter these exercises to meet your needs.

Workout Summary:
Length: 17 Minutes
Strategy: Pilates for total body 
Equipment: Optional Exercise Mat

About this routine: This is a relaxed free form pilates routine where each motion is done for a different amount of time or repetitions. Though the exercises have been put in a specific order, each exercise can be done for as long or as short as you want by pausing or fast forwarding the video. Otherwise, just push play and follow along at the pace we set. No need to do a warm up or cool down as this routine has them both incorporated into the move progression.

Workout Structure:

- Free Form Routine
- Random repetitions or time limit

Equipment:
- Exercise Mat (optional)

Warm Up / Cooldown
- None Needed

Printable Workout:

Overhead Stretch to Toe Touch
Push Up
Imprint
Hundreds
Side Hip Raise (L&R)
Swimmer
Back Bow Crossover
Toe Taps
Heel Taps
Prone Leg Raise
Shell
Cobra
Seated Toe Touch

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