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Pilates

Spoon

Spoon

A.

Start sitting in a chair on a smooth surface, heels on a towel. Grip hands around the seat and lift off the chair, butt elevated and spine straight. Keeping arms straight, lean forward so torso and legs form a 90-degree. In a slow, controlled movement for 4 counts, flex feet and pull the hips up toward the ceiling. On the 4-count-out, push the hips down and feet forward.

B.

For an added challenge, add a triceps dip in between reps.

Catfish

Catfish

A.

Start by selecting a sturdy piece of furniture, and a smooth floor surface (e.g., tile or hardwood). Facing the chair, place hands on the sides of the seat with straight arms. With a 90-degree angle between your hips and the floor, place your feet on a towel, balancing on the balls of feet with a slight bend in the knees. Pull your knees in toward elbows on a 4-count-in. Then, staying on the balls of feet, sliding your feet out on a 4-count to return to start.

B.

To mimic the Supra's different incline levels, use a set of stairs to place your hands and different heights, keeping feet on a towel on the ground.

Bear

Bear

A.

On a solid, bare floor (e.g., tile or hardwood) start in a high plank position with shoulders over wrists and feet on a towel. Pull the knees into your chest without arching hips, keeping back as flat as possible. Continue this movement with a slow 4-count in and 4-count out for 2 minutes without pausing.

B.

To mimic the resistance and pull of the Supra machine, add a pair of 2.5-pound ankle weights.

Spoon

Spoon

A.

Start sitting in a chair on a smooth surface, heels on a towel. Grip hands around the seat and lift off the chair, butt elevated and spine straight. Keeping arms straight, lean forward so torso and legs form a 90-degree. In a slow, controlled movement for 4 counts, flex feet and pull the hips up toward the ceiling. On the 4-count-out, push the hips down and feet forward.

B.

For an added challenge, add a triceps dip in between reps.

Catfish

Catfish

A.

Start by selecting a sturdy piece of furniture, and a smooth floor surface (e.g., tile or hardwood). Facing the chair, place hands on the sides of the seat with straight arms. With a 90-degree angle between your hips and the floor, place your feet on a towel, balancing on the balls of feet with a slight bend in the knees. Pull your knees in toward elbows on a 4-count-in. Then, staying on the balls of feet, sliding your feet out on a 4-count to return to start.

B.

To mimic the Supra's different incline levels, use a set of stairs to place your hands and different heights, keeping feet on a towel on the ground.

Bear

Bear

A.

On a solid, bare floor (e.g., tile or hardwood) start in a high plank position with shoulders over wrists and feet on a towel. Pull the knees into your chest without arching hips, keeping back as flat as possible. Continue this movement with a slow 4-count in and 4-count out for 2 minutes without pausing.

B.

To mimic the resistance and pull of the Supra machine, add a pair of 2.5-pound ankle weights.

Part 2: Single-Leg Stretch

Part 2: Single-Leg Stretch

A.

Lie faceup on floor with arms by sides and legs long. Curl head, neck, and shoulders off of floor, lift right leg to hover about 4 inches above floor, then exhale as you pull bent left leg toward chest with left hand grabbing outside above left ankle and right hand grabbing inside of left knee. Inhale as you switch sides; repeat. That's 1 rep. Continue alternating sides.

Part 2: Scissor-Legs Hundred

Part 2: Scissor-Legs Hundred

A.

Lie faceup on floor with arms by sides and legs long. Curl head, neck, and shoulders off of floor, lift arms to hover about 8 inches above floor and left leg to hover about 4 inches above floor, and extend right leg up; point toes, to start. Inhale through nose for 5 counts, forcefully pumping arms about 4 inches downward 5 times. Immediately switch legs. Exhale through mouth for 5 counts, pumping arms 5 times. That's 1 set of 10 reps.

Part 2: Single-Leg Teaser

Part 2: Single-Leg Teaser

A.

Lie faceup on floor holding a weight in each hand with arms by sides and legs bent with feet flat. Extend arms over chest with palms facing forward, and left leg out at a 45-degree angle (keep thighs pressed together); point toes and inhale to start. Without moving legs, exhale as you curl torso up off of floor, pushing weights toward the ceiling. Slowly lower to start.

Wall Squat with Isometric Leg Compression

Wall Squat with Isometric Leg Compression

A.

Stand with back to a wall. Press back flat against wall and walk feet out about 18 inches, then bend knees and slide torso down wall into supported sitting position.

B. Draw belly button in toward spine to engage core and relax legs. Inhale.

C. Exhale, squeezing all leg muscles tight until lungs are completely empty. Inhale and relax legs. Continue for 1 minute.

Squeezing muscles without shortening or lengthening them (isometric compression) promotes circulation to and from the extremities

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