Pilates is a system that improves physical strength, posture, and flexibility. That is the core definition of pilates. Now, I know many of you think of pilates as a “girly way of working out”. But the truth of the matter is that there are some very effective pilates workouts and exercises for your abs. Try and incorporate them into your exercise regime, and you will maximize your performance and results. And the best part is all you need is a yoga mat and a towel.
Roll-ups are a very underrated exercise for your abs. Start by lying on your back on a yoga mat with legs extended. At one point, bring your arms straight up over your head and toward the ceiling. Engage your core, and pull abs in and roll your body app. At the whole time, keep your butt and legs firmly on the mat.
Not only you work out your abs, but you also stretch your entire body. Lie on your back, and bring your knees into your chest. Engage your abs. If you can manage, put arms on your right leg, with your hand on the ankle. Your right hand goes on the right ankle, and the left hand on the right knee. Push your leg out, and try to stretch it as far as possible. However, try to keep your knee bent. Switch legs, switch hands and repeat the exercise.
You can look at this exercise as a form of choreography. However, the results are astonishing. Start by sitting on a yoga mat with legs straight out. Your core is tight, and your arms are extended to your sides. Rotate your core to the left, bend down, and try to press left foot with your right arm. At the same time, lift your left arm as high as you can. Now, draw your right hip back to your chest, and try to form a diagonal opposition. Go back to starting position, and now change sides.
For this exercise, you need to start in a fetal position on your back. Your legs are tucked up to the chest, and you are hugging your legs with your hands positioned on the ankles. Keep the head tucked forward. That is the starting position. Now, stretch your leg forwards and your arms backward. Keep them both tight and pointed. Pull back, and repeat.
A fan favorite, and trainers favorite, criss-cross is arguably one of the most effective abs exercises. You engage all of your abdominal muscles, including the lower, upper, and side abs. Start by lying on your back on a yoga mat. Your upper back is lifted, and your knees are to your chest. Lift your head, and position your hands behind. Start engaging your core by pulling right shoulder towards left knee and twisting your torso. Switch sides and repeat.
You might ask yourself how a round leg will help you lose belly fat? Well, the exercise works out your abs as much as your leg muscles. Start by lying on a mat on your side. Keep your legs extended, and stacked one on another. Your heels are kept together. Position your hands behind the head. You can also extend the right arm and rest your head on it. No matter the case, start the exercise by extending your right leg straight up in the air, and then down in front of you. Your leg is still up in the ground, and start moving it in a circular motion.
I love how pilates exercises have fancy names. This one might suggest you need to reach for the wine bottle, but that is not the case. Position yourself on a mat on your back. Keep your arms by your side, and then squeeze the legs together. Lift your heads over your head. You are lifting your butt off the mat, and in the same time, you engage your core. Balance on your shoulder blades and back of your arms. You should have your toes pointed. At this point, lean your body to the right. When you touch the mat with the right glutes, circle your body and legs to the left. Repeat, and that is it.