Get rock-solid abs in 5 minutes, 4 moves with this Pilates routine

Are you looking for a quick and effective way to enhance your core strength and mobility? Look no further!

With these four simple exercises from certified Pilates instructor Georgia Weibel, you can supercharge your fitness routine in five minutes daily [1]. There is no need for a gym or fancy equipment – all you need is a mat and some determination.

  • The hundred: Building endurance

The hundred is a fantastic exercise to kickstart your core and improve stamina. Begin by lying on your back with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle.

Lift your head, neck and shoulders off the mat, engaging your abdominal muscles. Extend your legs straight out before you, hovering them a few inches off the ground.

Start pumping your arms up and down in a controlled manner as you inhale for five counts and exhale for five counts. Continue this pattern for a total of 100 breaths. This exercise will fire up your core and boost your breathing control.

  • Roll-ups: Strengthening your core

Roll-ups are excellent for building core strength and flexibility. Begin seated with your legs extended straight in front of you.

Inhale as you reach your arms toward the ceiling, exhale as you slowly roll down towards your toes, reaching for your feet. Keep your core engaged throughout the movement.

Inhale again as you start rolling back up, reaching for the ceiling. Repeat this exercise 8-10 times. It’s a challenging move that targets your abdominal muscles and improves spinal flexibility.

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  • Single-leg stretch: Improving balance and stability

This exercise is perfect for enhancing balance and stability while toning your core. Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the mat. 

Lift your head, neck, and shoulders off the mat and bring your right knee towards your chest while extending your left leg at a 45-degree angle. Hold your right ankle with both hands.

Switch legs, bringing your left knee towards your chest and extending your right leg out. Continue alternating legs in a smooth, controlled motion for 10-12 reps on each side. This move targets your lower abdominal muscles and helps improve overall balance.

  • Swan dive: Mobilizing the spine

The Swan Dive exercise is an excellent way to mobilize your spine and strengthen your back muscles. Lie face down on the mat with your arms extended overhead and your legs hip-width apart.

Inhale as you lift your upper body and legs off the mat, reaching your arms forward and legs backward and exhale as you lower back down.

Repeat this exercise 6-8 times. It’s a great way to counteract the effects of sitting for extended periods, improving your posture and overall mobility.

These four Pilates moves can significantly boost your core strength and mobility in just five minutes a day. Remember to focus on your breath and maintain proper form throughout each exercise.

You’ll notice increased endurance, improved core strength, balance and enhanced spinal mobility as you consistently incorporate these into your routine. Plus, you can do them anytime, anywhere, making it easy to stay committed to your fitness goals.

So, roll out your mat and give it a try – your stronger, more mobile self is just five minutes away!

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[1] https://www.fitandwell.com/news/you-only-need-five-minutes-to-strengthen-your-core-and-boost-your-mobility-with-these-four-pilates-moves

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