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Sarah Dussault and I recently did a video on the 100's and so I thought I would give you a little more color on it!
Before continuing, first take a look at this clip.
When doing the 100's remember to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth (as if you're going to blow out a candle).
Avoid coming up too far off the ground with your head, neck & shoulders and remember to keep your abs pulled in and up. As soon as you see your rectus abdominis (6 pack muscle) puffing/popping out, you've come up too high or you're too fatigued, return to start position and begin again.
You can always keep your legs in table top or flat on the mat if it bothers your lower back. If your neck bothers you put one hand behind the head and switch off your hands half way through.
REMEMBER: "A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion." - Jospeh Pilates
For more info visit my Facebook page or PilatesWithHanneke.com. Also be on the look out for Diet.com's newsletter on Monday, August 1st for another Pilates Blog.
SPOT the form Fault in my pic below? My chin is too jammed and neck too tense. A hand behind the head would help!