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Do These Pilates Moves for Stronger Abs and Legs

There's nothing like a good Pilates workout to beef up your muscles before hitting the beach. And while reformers and stability balls can kick your practice up a notch, many of the moves can be done sans equipment, too — making them perfect for at-home (or on-the-beach) routines. Jeanette Jenkins, celeb trainer of The Hollywood Trainer Club, opts for the exercises below when she wants to work the abs and legs simultaneously. Follow in her footsteps by watching the video below — which means no half-crunches — and get ready to feel the slow, always-worth-it burn. (Want more where that came from? Try these 12 Classic Pilates Moves That Double As Ab Exercises.)

Abs and Legs Pilates Workout

How it works: Roll out your mat, then work your way through each exercise for the given number of reps. To see how each move should look, use the above video of Jeanette as a guide.

Upper Fiber Prep Crunch

A. Start lying on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Hands are behind head with elbows wide.

B. Crunch to lift shoulder blades off the floor. Holding this position, extend arms by sides and crunch up a few inches higher.

C. Holding this position, extend arms overhead, biceps by ears.

D. Hold for one second, then slowly lower to floor to return to start.

Do 8 to 10 reps.

Abdominal Pulse

A. Start lying on back in a crunch position, abs engaged, shoulders lifted, and arms reaching between legs.

B. Crunch a few inches higher, reaching legs further toward feet.

C. Pulse back and forth between crunch positions.

Do 15 to 20 reps.

Lateral Flexion Pulse

A. Start lying on back in a crunch position with right arm behind head and left arm reaching toward legs.

B. Crunch to reach left arm closer to left foot.

C. Pulse back and forth between crunch positions.

Do 15 to 20 reps on each side.

Crunch with Leg Extension

A. Start lying on back with legs in tabletop position.

B. Straighten legs into 45-degree angle off the ground, crunching up toward feet.

C. Return to start.

Do 8 to 10 reps.

Full Hundred

A. Start lying on back in crunch position, shoulders lifted off ground, abs engaged, legs in tabletop position.

B. Quickly pulse arms up and down 5 times.

C. Straighten legs into 45-degree angle off the ground. Pulse arms up and down 5 times.

D. Return to start.

Do 10 reps.

Single-Leg Reach

A. Start lying on back, left leg straight and lifted off the ground. Bend right knee, and bring left hand across your body to grasp right knee. right shand should grasp right ankle.

B. Straighten right leg while bending left leg, switching hands to opposite side.

C. Return to start.

Do 8 to 10 reps.

Leg Reach with Twist

A. Start lying on back, right leg straight and lifted off the ground. Bend left knee, twisting to reach right elbow to left knee.

B. Straighten left leg and bend right leg, twisting to reach left elbow to right knee.

C. Return to start.

Do 8 to 10 reps.

Roll Over

A. Start lying on back with legs lifted slightly off the ground, feet together.

B. Use abs to slowly raise legs over head, lifting back off the ground and reaching feet to touch the ground above your head.

C. Slowly roll back to starting position.

Do 10 reps.

Scissor

A. Start lying on back in crunch position. Lift left leg a few inches off the ground, holding right leg straight up toward ceiling.

B. Pulse right leg toward your head 2 times.

C. Switch sides, bringing right leg to a few inches off the ground while pulsing left leg toward head twice.

D. Continue switching sides.

Do 8 to 10 reps.

Single-Leg Teaser

A. Start lying on back, right leg straight out on a diagonal, left leg bent, arms above head.

B. Inhale, bringing arms toward sky.

C. Exhale, rolling up to a seated position, keeping right leg extended.

D. Return to start.

Do 6 to 8 reps each leg.

Full Teaser

A. Start lying on back, legs straight out on a diagonal, arms above head.

B. Inhale, bringing arms toward sky.

C. Exhale, rolling up to seated position, keeping legs extended.

D. Return to start.

Do 6 to 8 reps.