Fitness Friday: Pilates

Pilates

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KIMT NEWS 3 – This week KIMT’s Annie Szatkowski is showing us how different movements can help work your core and more.”

A fitness ball, yoga mat, and some focus are all we’re going to need for this workout.

Pilates is about building up body awareness, balance, and strength – especially in your core.

There are many different forms of Pilates, but for our purposes, this fitness ball is about to become my best friend

After a brief stretch and some balance exercises, it’s time to hit the crunches.

Before you get mad at me for saying earlier that crunches aren’t the best way to build up your abs, hold on a sec – these crunches are different because you’re building up core strength by having to balance on top of the ball and getting a wider range of motion.

That right there forces you to keep your stomach tight and work muscles without even realizing it.

The key to making it burn is by going slowly instead of pumping out a million reps, because it doesn’t really take too many.

Between each exercise, we take time to stretch and recover before moving on.

Today, we’re doing it all – full-body v-ups, leg work, and the traditional plank, but all of us add on a push-up to rolling pike-up just to show off.

Not only does this help build up that six-pack, but also strengthen your back and align your spine.

And because it’s super-low impact, Pilates is something you can practice every day.

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