Get a Pilates Body

Pilates is a great way to bring balance to the body. And don’t think it is just for women. Men do it too. There are so many great reasons to do Pilates. Not only does it strengthen muscles, it is a great way to lengthen contracted muscles. Not only is it physical, it is mental too. Are you ready take the Pilates challenge?

History of Pilates

The exercises were developed back in the 1940s by a guy called Joseph Pilates who first used the yoga-like moves to rehabilitate Second World War soldiers. He then modifies the style for injured dancers and so the modern day method was born.

 

Why Pilates are good for you?

When our muscles are weak they make compensations for each other which lead to instability and injury. Take your back for instance: if your posture is bad, your lower back and hips will then adjust themselves accordingly which means they’re essentially out of whack.

Pilates encourages you to think about how you perform everyday movements. It heightens your body awareness which in turn improves your overall agility, flexibility and strength. It helps you ensure your body is working at its optimal level all the time.

This Pilates workout program uses a Pilates circle. You can do this at the gym, home, or even traveling.

 

Beginners: 2 sets /15 reps

Intermediate: 3 sets/20 reps

Advanced: 4 sets/25 reps

Full Body Pilates Circle Program

 

Upper Body Exercises:

 

Straight arms squeeze forward

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Straight arms squeeze above head

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Straight arms squeeze behind

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Straight arms squeeze side(do each side)

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Lower Body Exercises:

 

 

On side-inner thigh squeezes

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On side-outer thigh squeezes

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Laying down on back-inner thigh squeezes

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Laying down on back-outer thigh squeezes

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Floor bridging-inner thigh squeezes

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Floor bridging-outer thigh squeezes

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Laying down on back-straight leg inner thigh squeezes

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Laying down on back-straight leg outer thigh squeezes

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Core Exercises:

 

Inner thigh crunches

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Outer thigh crunches

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Straight legs-inner thigh crunches

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Straight legs-outer thigh crunches

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Photographer:   Wade Livingston  |  Pilates circle:   Buy here
Shoes: Asics  |  Workout capris:   Pattonijoe
Workout top:   Makeitmint

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4 Responses to Get a Pilates Body

  1. keri weddle says:

    where would i get one of these circle thingies you are showing in these exercises?

  2. SHELLY says:

    I REMEMBER USING THIS IN OUR WORKOUTS. ORDERED MINE!

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