Who doesn’t love a double-duty workout? As they say, “Feed two birds with one scone.” Today’s exercises focus on toning multiple areas of the body at once. The routine will allow you to maximize your time as you crush a full-body workout. You might be sore afterward but it’ll be so worth it, trust us.
With summer coming to an end, add these moves to your fitness rotation as a way to practice healthy movements before the holiday season kicks in. Keep reading to learn the five Pilates moves that do double the work.
*Repeat this circuit up to five times to really get your heart rate up and to get a quick sweat in.
The Move: Pilates Swimming
Targets the back muscles, glutes, and thighs
How to: Start on your stomach, arms reaching forward, toes lengthening back. While keeping the shoulders pressing down into the back, lift your head and chest off the mat. Start by lifting your left arm while you lift your right leg, then switch arm and leg.
Repeat for 30 seconds.
The Move: Forearm Plank
Targets core, shoulders, thighs, and glutes
How to: Start on your forearms with your toes hip-width apart behind you. Tuck the tailbone and lift out of the arms while you squeeze your glutes. Press your heels back, and lift the back of your knees.
Hold for 30 seconds.
The Move: Quadruped Work
Targets shoulders, hips, obliques, and glutes
How to: Start on all fours, palms under shoulders, knees under hips. While pulling your abdominals in, reach your left arm forward as you extend the opposite leg behind you. Keeping the arm and leg straight, tap both on the mat and lift up with a hold.
Repeat 30 for seconds and then do the other arm and leg for 30 seconds.
The Move: Bicycle Crunches
Targets lower abs, obliques, and hips
How to: Start on your back with your legs in tabletop position and your hands behind your head. Cross your right elbow to your left knee and switch sides.
Repeat for 30 seconds.
The Move: Plié Squat
Targets inner thighs, quads, hamstrings, and glutes
How to: Start standing with your feet wide and turned out. Tuck your tailbone in slightly, with your chest lifted, and lower down into a squat before slowly standing up.
Repeat for 30 seconds, pulse for 30 seconds (optional: keep your heels lifted for more balance and abdominal work).
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