Chest Lifts




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Published November 2, 2017

Chests Lifts are another foundational Pilates exercise.

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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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About the author 

Claire Gunther is a PAA Principal Level Pilates Instructor with over 20 years and 20k+ hours of professional Pilates delivery experience.


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