Three Ways to Challenge the 5 Ab Series

In a Pilates mat class, whether it is beginner or advanced, I always find that the 5 abdominal series a challenging set of exercises. The 5 ab series consists of; Single Leg Stretch, Double Leg Stretch, Scissors, Lower Lift, and Criss Cross.   Here are three ways to keep them interesting:

1 – Try doing all 5 exercises with your arms lifted at hip height.  Good way to appreciate the help they provide for each exercise, especially scissors!

2 – Incorporate a foam roller.  Get a 6 inch roller and lie down on it along your spine and try all 5 exercises there.  You will really have to hug that midline!

3 –  Keep the legs at table top or knees over hips for: Single Leg Stretch, Double Leg Stretch, and Criss Cross verses pulling the knees towards your chest.  This method will really get you to stay on the tips of those shoulder blades.

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