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

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Spine Stretch Forward

Minutes 2:00-4:00

Targets: Back, Abdominals

  • Sit with arms and legs extended.
  • Inhale and sit up tall; exhale and reach forward over legs.
  • Curl head, neck, and shoulders forward, scooping navel toward spine. (Think of bending over a beach ball, not bending at the waist.)
  • Inhale; hold for 1 count.
  • Exhale; deepen abdominal scoop.
  • Inhale, rolling up to sit.
  • Repeat.

Next:  Seated Spine Twist


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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
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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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