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Another Pilates and kickboxing inspired move, this exercise adds an extra 'punch' to the traditional Pilates Roll Up to work your entire abdominal wall and obliques at the same time.
How to do it: Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor about hip-width apart. Bring your arms into 'on guard' and slowly start to round your spine as you sit up, rolling all the way up through your back. As you're rolling up, perform four cross punches across your body, alternating your right and left arm (by the last punch, you should be sitting all the way up, feet still flat against the floor). Bring arms back to on guard position, keep shoulders facing straight ahead, round your spine, draw your abs in tight and slowly roll back down to the floor. Repeat 10 times in total.
Bonus tip: Breathe out every time you perform a cross punch as you're sitting up, and inhale as you lower back down to the floor. Be sure to keep your abs braced the entire time.
Try this Pilates and kickboxing-inspired circuit for strong, defined abs
Try this Pilates and kickboxing-inspired circuit for strong, defined abs.
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