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8-Minute Workout: Pilates for a Longer, Leaner Look

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Double-Leg Stretch

Minutes 1:00-2:00

Targets: Abdominals, Inner Thighs

  • Lie on back, hugging knees into chest.
  • Curl head, neck, and shoulders off floor.
  • Extend arms overhead next to ears; simultaneously lift legs 45 degrees.
  • Hold for 1 count, then bend knees, circling arms out to sides to return hands to shins.
  • Repeat, keeping upper body lifted and inner thighs pressed together.

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mojganzaribaf wrote:

Marvellous! thanks for your nice suggestions.sweet and terse, which we all need during these days.

6/28/2012 08:42:22 AM Report Abuse
anibabakhan1983 wrote:


5/19/2012 03:30:45 PM Report Abuse
a3984502 wrote:

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5/9/2012 04:33:42 AM Report Abuse
natdalton7 wrote:

I love Pilates. I am taking a Pilates class in Boulder and I love it. (

1/27/2012 05:23:24 PM Report Abuse
paulawalsh4 wrote:

I feel the model is performing the exercise with hyperextension of lumbar spine NOT a true reflection of how a normal client should look performing this exercise....this will lead to the move being performed incorrectly and UNSAFE.I have never heard of swan being performed with legs together....far too much strain on lumbar

1/17/2012 03:32:51 PM Report Abuse

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