Get the lean, defined body you want with this powerful Pilates plan from the Scandal star's longtime trainer
This Pilates workout from celebrity trainer Nonna Gleyzer works your entire body but pays extra attention to the lower abs. The low-impact toning moves work your muscles to exhaustion without risk of injury, so you'll always feel as good as you look!
How it works: Do 1 set of each exercise in order, with little to no rest between moves. For best results, do this workout up to four days per week, alternating it with 45 minutes of cardio on a treadmill or elliptical machine.
Total Time: up to 15 minutes
1. Up-and-Down Shoulder Toner
Stand in a split stance with left foot on center of a resistance band, right foot behind body. Bend both knees slightly. Place wrists inside handles of band with palms facing down and hands to your sides. Keep the handle of band slightly higher than edge of wrists for best support. Pull stomach in and keep shoulders down during the entire movement.
Lift arms out to sides of shoulders and inhale. Bring arms back down to the starting position while you exhale. That's one rep. Complete all reps on one leg. Repeat on the other side.
2. Shoulder-Sculpting Circles
Keep wrists inside handles of resistance band with palms facing down, bring arms in front of body to shoulder height.
Bring arms out to each side with fingertips reaching toward opposite walls. Lower arms, moving in a circular motion. That's one rep. Repeat movement in opposite direction to complete one rep. Do all reps with left leg forward, then repeat on the other side.
3. Double Leg Extension
Lie faceup with a foam roller under lower back and towel under neck for support. Brace core in tight and place hands on each side of roller.
Keeping core tight, lift knees to chest.
Straighten knees and extend feet diagonally, hold for 1 beat and then return to chest. That’s one rep.
4. Double Leg Stretch
Lie faceup with lower back on a foam roller, knees bent in toward chest, and hands on each side of the roller.
Straighten legs and stretch feet straight up to the ceiling, keeping toes pointed. Hold for 1 beat and then slowly return to the starting position. That’s one rep.
5. Hamstrings Warm-Up
Lie faceup with lower back on foam roller, hands on each side. Raise legs straight up to ceiling with toes pointed and core tight.
Keeping legs straight up, flex toes. Hold for 1 beat, then point again. That’s one rep.
6. Big Walking
Start with lower back on foam roller, hands on each side, legs straight up to ceiling with toes pointed and core tight.
Scissor legs, right leg toward top of head, left leg toward the floor, keeping core tight.
Switch legs, keeping toes pointed and core tight. That's one rep.
7. Shoulder Bridge
Lie faceup with knees bent, feet flat. Raise hips to a low bridge, core tight.
Without letting hips drop, extend right foot with toes pointed.
Without letting hips drop, extend leg further toward the ceiling, keeping toes pointed and core tight. Hold for 1 beat.
Flex foot and return to the starting position. That’s one rep.