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This Pilates exercise is typically done on the reformer, but without springs to assist the movement, this standing version challenges your body even more, says certified Pilates instructor Christine Bullock. "It's a superior inner-thigh exercise because it requires the entire inner thigh to perform the main movement of drawing the legs together," she says.
To do it: Stand with feet hip distance and parallel. Place a gliding disc or hand towel under right foot. Extend arms straight out from shoulders, palms forward. Slide right leg to side, opening legs apart wide (2 to 4 feet). Press into left foot and use inner thighs to draw right leg back to start, keeping legs straight. Do 15 reps; repeat on opposite side.
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