Chests Lifts are another foundational Pilates exercise.
This is good for
Chest Lifts strengthens the abdominal muscles and helps develop pelvic stability and control.
How to do Chest Lifts
- Lie face up, knees and hips bent with feet in the air (or keep the feet on the floor for more support). Place hands behind your head.
- Inhale to prepare. Exhale and draw up the pelvic floor, sliding your ribs down towards hips. As you do this lift your head and upper body away from mat.
- Inhale and hold.
- Exhale and return upper body and head to the mat.
Things to focus on:
While Chest Lifts resemble the crunch, the pace is much slower. This means movement is driven by the strength of the abdominals and the position of the spine and pelvis.
- Keep your tailbone weighted on the mat throughout the movement.
You can do this exercise at home with minimal risk, depending on your body and any injuries you may have.
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