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This workout is an intense sequence of classical pilates based exercises that you can do anytime, anywhere with no equipment—indoors or out. Join Health and Wellness Coach Caroline Jordan for the popular “stomach series” ab workout! Sometimes referred to as the “Belly Burner,” these five Pilates mat exercises will challenge your abdominal endurance. Try it for yourself! In this challenging core workout routine, you’ll do the following exercises:
– single leg stretch
– double leg stretch
– single straight leg stretch
– double straight leg stretch
– criss cross
Notes on form. Most people agree that these are some of the best ab exercises of all time. Yes, they are challenging. You can modify them by not taking your legs too low and/or keeping your head down. There are modifications for these exercises included in the detailed instructions in the video.
In general, use your abdominal muscles to keep your upper body curl, to stabilize your pelvis, and to move the legs from your center. Do not take your legs any lower than you can control the movement from your abs and keep your back from coming off the mat. Your pelvis must stay stable.
Some people teach the series of five with no break between exercises holding the upper body curl the whole time. This is only for the most advanced people. Excessive muscle fatigue is not part of Joseph Pilates’ method. Put your head down, if briefly, between exercises.
*** As always check with your doctor before starting this or any exercise program. Listen to your body and honor its needs always!***
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