Pilates Quick Workout 1

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Pilates Quick Workout - Getting Started

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Use this quick Pilates workout anytime you want to go through a routine designed to give you a balanced and challenging set of Pilates exercises. This workout is appropriate for all levels and modifications are given for exercise.

What You Need for the Quick Pilates Workout

The exercises are done on an exercise mat without any additional equipment. You just need space for your mat and comfortable exercise clothing so you can go through a full range of motion with each move.

Getting Started with the Quick Pilates Workout

Follow the links in each exercise to get full exercise instructions and then return back to see the rest of the sequence. This workout will include these seven Pilates mat exercises:

  • Pelvic Curl
  • The Hundred
  • Single Leg Stretch
  • Spine Stretch
  • Swimming
  • Plank
  • Saw

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Quick Pilates Workout Exercise 1: Pilates Pelvic Curl

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Teaching supporting student lying on back in pilates class. Credit: Liam Norris

Pelvic Curl is a warm-up for the spine and abdominal muscles. It also works the lower body and helps coordinate breath and movement. It's a great way to start your quick Pilates workout.

Get instructions for Pelvic Curl, then return to this workout series.

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Quick Pilates Workout Exercise 2: The Pilates Hundred

The Hundreds
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The Hundred is a classic Pilates exercise. It builds strength, stamina and coordination. You must use your breath and really activate your powerhouse at the same time.

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Quick Pilates Workout Exercise 3: Single Leg Stretch

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Single Leg Stretch is one of the best Pilates mat exercises for working the abdominals. It is an especially good exercise for the lower abdominals. If flat abs. is one of your goals, this exercise is for you.

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Quick Pilates Workout Exercise 4: Spine Stretch

The Spine Stretch
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Spine Stretch is a Pilates mat exercise that feels really good. It can show up anywhere in your workout as a great stretch for the back and the hamstrings.

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Quick Pilates Workout Exercise 5: Pilates Swimming Exercise

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Swimming is a fun exercise, yet quite a workout. Swimming, like the activity it is named after, works every part of the body. This one is perfect for toning your abs. butt, back and hamstrings in a quick workout.

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Quick Pilates Workout Exercise 6: Plank - Pilates Front Support

Pilates Front Support
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While Plank really targets the abdominal muscles and shoulder stability, you will find that plank is an excellent way to get a full body challenge. It is often modified to help build core stability for beginners and those with physical challenges.

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Quick Pilates Workout Exercise 7: Pilates Saw Exercise

The Pilates saw.
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Saw is a basic Pilates mat exercise that is appropriate for all workout levels. It is a good spine stretch, utilizing spinal rotation and the breath to increase the stretch.

We hope you enjoyed this great quick workout!

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