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The Pumped-Up Pilates Workout for a Sleek, Strong Body

Sleek, Strong, Sexy. That’s the trademark Pilates body. Do this next-level version and you can add chiseled, fit, and fierce to the list. And you won’t need a fancy machine or quirky tone-up tool to get there. Thanks to her tweaks to the workout style's signature small moves, instructor Karen Lord, the owner of the Karen Lord Pilates Movement studio in New York City, has created a bolder technique that gets deeper into your muscles and leads to even more results from the scientifically proven mat classics.

While traditional Pilates favors the abs, this routine puts all of your major muscles through the paces. "Every movement starts in your core and then radiates to your arms and legs," Lord says. “Because you have to focus intently on your posture and connecting your breath to each movement, you’ll use almost every muscle you have, which helps you build an exceedingly strong core and a gorgeous, balanced body,” she says. 

It's basically life-changing, Lord would argue. "When you do this workout, you’ll experience an endorphin release, of course, but connecting your mind to your movements is really profound,” she explains. “Life becomes a litter sharper, and you feel less anxious." (Want more? Try these 3 Pilates Exercises for an Hourglass Figure.)

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