Pilates Ring Workout
This workout uses a Pilates Ring and has is basis in some Pilates Mat basics. Do this workout in a circuit 4-5 times through.
Bridge with Inner Thigh Pulse
Squeeze the ring between your knees. Lift your pelvis up while articulating through your spine. Keep squeezing the ring and articulate your spine on the way down. After 10-12 reps stay lifted in your bridge and pulse your legs together for 20 seconds.
Double Leg Pull In
Have the ring between your ankles and your knees into your chest. Lift your head and neck off the mat and look into your lower abs. Fully extend your legs and arms out while squeezing the ring and keeping your shoulders off the mat. Bring everything back in.
*tip: to work your lower abs more keep your legs as low to the ground as possible as you extend without lifting your lower back off the ground. Make sure your legs don't actually touch the mat.
Lay on your side and have your knees bent at 90 degrees with the ring between your knees. Squeeze the ring together 10-12 times then pulse for 20 seconds.
Leg Circles with Hamstring Stretch
Put your foot in the ring and pull it toward you for a hamstring stretch. You can bend your knee if you need to. The bottom leg can be straight or bent. You can also pull your leg to the side for an additional stretch. Next, get rid of the circle and cross your leg toward your midline and do 5-8 small circles, reverse the circle.
*tip- Try not to move your hips or supporting side. The work should come from your core!
Maggie Priore is a trainer at Wicker Park