Steph Prem’s ab spring challenge
Wanna feel your abs burn? This spring challenge by our resident Pilates expert, Steph Prem, definitely will! Remember to keep your toes pointed for each move. Try each one for 15 seconds for threeShow More
Wanna feel your abs burn? This spring challenge by our resident Pilates expert, Steph Prem, definitely will!
Remember to keep your toes pointed for each move. Try each one for 15 seconds for three rounds, with 30 seconds between each round.
1. Tabletop crunches
Your upper abs are the focus, work on lifting your sternum and keeping your spine in neutral.
Advance to the Pilates 100’s by pulsing the arms as hard and fast as you can to the mat whilst keeping the breath slow and controlled.
3. Single-leg raises
Make a small diamond shape with your hands and place it under your sacrum. Think of the single leg raises like the capital letter L. Draw your belly button down to the diamond and don’t hold any tension in the your neck.
4. Double-leg raises
Advance to the double-leg raises when you feel strong and confident in your singles. Relax through your upper body and keep all the focus on drawing in the belly button.
5. Egg beaters
Keep the legs long and the toes pointed with your belly button pulled into your spine. Cross your legs in and out as you slowly lower and raise. Work a fast tempo with the egg beater and change the angle of your legs to make it harder and easier.
6. Toe reaches
Lift your sternum up high and keep your eye line directed up to your toes. Keep trying to hollow out your belly whilst you lift up to your toes.
7. Roll-up V crunches
Extend out into a roll down. Using your deep core to engage and a little momentum, lift up into a seated table top position, with your hands reaching forward.
8. Oblique crunches
Focus on lifting and taking your body across diagonally, engaging your core and obliques. Play with the tempo during the exercise for a deeper burn.