Monday, 25 August 2014

Scissors to Sculpt

One of my favourite pilates moves is the Scissors.

In the one move you
  • strengthen the abdominal muscles
  • strengthen the butt
  • lengthen and challenge the hamstrings and quadriceps
Remember to
  • keep your whole spine extended along the mat (this is not the raised version!)
  • tuck your chin a little to extend through back of the neck
  • inhale on the leg change, exhale as you catch each leg in turn
While this woman does say "Go ahead and..." a LOT, she gives a fantastic guide to getting from single leg stretch to scissors. Do it.
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Once you've mastered Scissors, you can also try the Corkscrew. Here's a great instructional vid from Catherine and Kimberly at Pilates on Fifth. Remember: NO ROTATION! You're trying to sculpt your abs, not break your spine.


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