Taking It Up a Notch with Intermediate Pilates

Pilates are an incredible way to engage core and legs all in one go. Whether you use the floor or a mat, you can do them in the comfort of your own home. There are different techniques to build a skill set in order to create a more functional abdominal system. The pilates helps you set a foundation for movement not only with your core but everyday life. Having this balance will create a healthier lifestyle. With that being said, here are some good techniques to do intermediate pilates.

Controlling Your Breath and Body Position

Before you begin to advance your pilates workout, the foundation is in breathing and body position. Without good breath control and form, you’re doing a major disservice to the workout. The key is having your body in an upright position while you stretch out your hamstrings. Take a deep breath and exhale as you roll out your spine a bit. This will help the blood flow circulate faster. Then you get into a position where you’re on your back and extend your legs and feet outward. You should feel the vertebrae in your back kind of relax and stretch out. Make sure you bring your arms overhead to complete the stretch. This gets you in a great position for you to start your pilates. It’s all about aligning your spine and core in the optimal position so that you can get the most out of your workout.

Creating Your Scissors Kick Movement

It’s all about keeping your body well aligned while on your back. Put your hands over your head again and get a good stretch out from there to your toes. Put your hands on both sides of the mat and raise your leg toward you and extend it upward. Make sure you lift your body up with your eyes more so toward the leg. It should be almost a crunch movement where you engage the core just enough so you feel a little tension. At this point, just hold on to the calf muscle while your leg is extended. Hold it there for a few seconds. This is a great stretch that allows you to stretch the back and core. Repeat with the other leg until you start to get a scissor movement. The toes should be a bit relaxed, not pointed like a ballet dancer.

Maintaining Balance and Core Strength with a Side Plank

A plank is one of the fundamental core workouts that really tests your stamina and strength. The key is having the right position while keeping the core tight. First of all, you want your shoulders and wrist lined up well. Extend your legs  to the side and make sure you take a deep breath as you raise one arm up to the sky. Extend your arm as far as you can while looking up then switch over. This should be an overall great workout that focuses on balance and clean movement. Pilates are great for you to build up a strong core. When you have a solid core, this creates more stability in your overall body movement.