People often say that they do not like Pilates because they feel that it is too slow. They rather want to maximize their time burning calories.
I created a quick Pilates routine that you can incorporate into your other workouts. This routine will get your heart pumping, burn calories and also build your core muscles.
Watch the routine:
Keep your shoulders stacked on top of your wrists. Prevent wrist pain by opening your fingers nice and wide, pressing your palms and fingers firmly into the floor. You can also do the move on your forearms. Keep at a pace that you feel in control of and keep your back and butt in-line with each other.
If kicking low hurts your back, kick higher to the ceiling. Keep your lower back close to the mat, but don't jam it into the floor. Try and keep your shoulders as high as you can off the mat. If you feel any neck tension, place one or both hands behind your head.
Make sure your shoulders and butt are in a long line. If your lower back hurts, tuck your tailbone more, reach through the heels and use your quadriceps. You can also come on to your knees. Make sure that your shoulders are connected on your back and that you're not hanging in your shoulders. Keep your neck in-line with your spine (so no looking into your belly :) )
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