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Kristi Yamaguchi's Pilates Workout

  • Ericka McConnell

    Kneeling Core Twist

    Targets: Back, deltoids, abs, obliques

    • Kneel on mat, knees under hips, abs engaged, back straight, with a resistance band (start with a light one) under knees, holding one end in each hand, arms by sides.
    • Lift arms straight out to sides at shoulder level, keeping shoulders down, until band is taut.
     
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    Kneeling Core Twist: After

    Turn palms toward ceiling, lift arms overhead, and clap hands together.

    Lower arms back to shoulder level and rotate to right from waist, looking over right shoulder.

    Return to center; rotate to left. Lower arms and repeat series. Do 4 reps.

  • Ericka McConnell

    Side Kicks with Toe Taps

    Targets: Back, abs, obliques, hips, glutes, legs

    • Lie on right side with legs extended, hips stacked, right hand behind head, left hand on floor in front of you.
    • Keeping abs engaged, lift left leg 1 foot and rotate left hip so that toes are pointed toward ceiling.
     
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    Side Kicks with Toe Taps: After

    Bring left leg forward, rotate ankle so toes are pointed down, and tap floor in front of right leg with left big toe.

    Lift left leg, rotating hip so that toes are pointed toward ceiling, and sweep over right leg.

    Point toes down and tap floor behind right leg with big toe.

    Do 4 reps; switch sides and repeat.

  • Ericka McConnell

    Leg Circles

    Targets: Back, abs, obliques, hips, legs

    • Lie faceup with legs together, toes pointed and arms extended by sides. Lift right leg directly over hips.
    • Keeping abs engaged and leg straight, move right foot in 3 small (volleyball-size) circles in one direction, then do 3 circles in the opposite direction.
     
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    Leg Circles: After

    Keeping leg lifted, do 3 larger (hula hoop-size) circles in one direction, then do 3 in the opposite direction.

    Lower leg and take a deep breath. Do 4 reps. Switch legs; repeat.

  • Ericka McConnell

    Side Pendulum

    Targets: Back, abs, obliques, hips, glutes, legs

    • Lie on right side with legs extended, hips stacked, right hand behind head, left hand on floor in front of you.
    • Keeping abs engaged, lift legs 1 foot and move together in a circle. Do 4 reps; lower.
     
  • Ericka McConnell

    Side Pendulum: After

    Lift legs and scissor back and forth for 10 seconds; lower. Do 4 reps. Switch sides; repeat.

  • Kristi Yamaguchi's Pilates Workout Video

    Kristi Yamaguchi demonstrates her favorite Pilates routine.

     
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