Whilst sit-ups and crunch type exercises are not always the most suitable for developing core strength and mobility, they do certainly play an important role within a Pilates workout. Flexion of the spine, similar to that performed in a crunch or a leg raise type exercise can be very beneficial when developing strong abdominal muscles and good posture. If you are experiencing a lordotic type posture, characterised by a tight back and stretched abs, this exercise will really help.
Unlike the standard crunch, the Pilates hundred maintains contraction of the abdominals, obliques and hip flexors. The core is held stable as the breath and movement of the arms are coordinated. It’s an excellent move to add into a workout, or to sequence back to back with other Pilates exercises.
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If you found this exercise effective and would like to try more, please take a look at our Total Pilates 32 System. This includes the series Injury and Pain Free Back as well as our intermediate and advanced series.
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