Ahhhh the elusive “six-pack”… if I had a dollar for every time I was asked how to get one I would be a very rich woman. Let me start by being totally blunt (and you’re probably not going to like this), it’s not easy and it’s very boring. It might disappoint you to know that the path to a sexy, sculpted stomach really starts in the kitchen. In reality everyone has a six-pack but most of them are hidden beneath a lovely layer of fat that we can thank that “bottle-of-wine/block-of-chocolate/wheel-of-brie/all-of- the-above” for. If you really want to get those washboard abs then you’ve got to get serious about what you are consuming and understand that CONSISTENCY IS THE KEY. It means putting down the wine glass and picking up the water bottle. Saying NO to refined sugars and YES to nutrient-dense superfoods. Cutting back on the saturated fat and upping the lean protein. And of course training your entire core so you are strong from the inside out!! Pilates is great for building core strength and toning muscles so here are my 5 favourite Pilates exercises to help you get that sexy, sculpted stomach.
This traditional yet powerful exercise works your core like nothing else!
This exercise works your whole abdominal wall including the sides of your abs as well as your spinal flexion and pelvic stability.
The Double Leg Lowers focuses on disassociating your hips from your torso while working your ab- dominals. You want to try and move your legs while your torso stays absolutely still and strong.
The “Scooter” (whilst not a traditional Pilates exercise), has been adapted using the simple “Front Support” or “Plank Pose” and adding some extra abdominal work whilst contracting your whole core. The breath sequence for this exercise is every time you stretch your leg away from you, breathe in and every time you bring it into your body, breathe out.
In order to maintain those sexy curves you need to work your side abs too! Working your obliques is just as important as working the front of your torso and this combo will keep that waist looking tight!