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Kristi Yamaguchi's Pilates Workout

Kristi Yamaguchi never had definition in her stomach until she tried Pilates. Here, the all-over toning Pilates workout she swears by. Do this Pilates workout 3 times a week to get flat abs.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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.

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Side Pendulum

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

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Kristi Yamaguchi's Pilates Workout Video

Kristi Yamaguchi demonstrates her favorite Pilates routine.

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