It’s no secret that we love a Pilates workout here at Poosh. The low-impact workout modality is one of our favorite ways to get our sweat on and tone up. And today, we’ve got a killer 6-minute Pilates lower abs workout courtesy of Bridget O’Carroll, founder of Studio Qila. It features slow, controlled movements that target the lower abs and will set your core on fire. Oh, and there’s nary a plank or crunch in sight (*breathes sigh of relief*).
Ready to work that lower core? Press play on the video, and follow along below.
THE MOVE: SUPINE LEG TOE TAPS
How to: Lie on your back and lift your legs, knees stacking over your hips and bent to a 90-degree angle. Point your toes and squeeze your core. Tap one leg to the floor at a time, maintaining the 90-degree angle. Work up to two legs at a time. Optional variation—cross your ankles and butterfly out your knees.
THE MOVE: SUPINE LEG EXTENSIONS
How to: Lie on your back, lift your legs to the same 90-degree angle. Then, extend one leg at a time away from your body. Work up to two legs at a time. Optional variation—cross your ankles and butterfly out your knees.
THE MOVE: HOLLOW BODY HOLD
How to: While lying on your back, extend your legs. Lift your head, neck and shoulders with palms facing up.
THE MOVE: HOLLOW BODY HOLD WITH CROSSOVERS
How to: From the same position, cross your right leg on top and then your left leg on top—increasing speed while alternating.
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