Adding dynamic movements to your regular Pilates workout is the best thing you can do to amplify your results. Working across more than one functional plane at a time not only ensures your workout is more effective, but will also improve your stability, coordination and all around efficiency.
Lay on your back with your fingertips at your temples, elbows wide, and legs in table top position – keeping your neutral spine flat and flush with the ground.
1. Engage your abdominal muscles, tightening your midsection between your hips and ribs
2. Extend your left leg out of table top position, forward and upwards at a 45 degree angle towards the sky whilst simultaneously bringing your torso into a crunch position, and twisting your left shoulder and elbow towards your right knee.
3. Return to your starting position flat on your back.
4. Repeat this movement focusing on extending your right leg, and twisting your right side towards your left to balance out the exercise
1. Inhale to prepare. Engage your abdominals and force an exhalation through pursed lips as you extend your left leg forwards and upwards whilst simultaneously bringing your torso into a twisting crunch position. Inhale to slowly roll back down.
2. Exhale again as you repeat this movement balancing out the exercise with your right leg, and right side of your body
Start out with 2-3 sets of 12-15 repetitions (or to failure) and increase if desired.
Turn your oblique bicycle twist into a fluid progressive movement to add in that cardiovascular hit! Whilst maintaining your crunch position, set a goal to complete 30 seconds of continuous movement before resting, counting how many cycles you can get through. Try to smash your goal every time to complete this exercise!
To add KX intensity to the exercise, let’s bring in a bosu ball! Try completing this movement whilst lying on a bosu ball to REALLY feel those abs come alive. When coming out of each twist, try to lightly tap the ground with your extended legs and arms, before coming back into the oblique twist. OUCH!