Week’s Worth of Workouts! Thursday: Legs
You don’t need a magic circle for these moves, you can use a yoga block or nothing at all. Just keep your arms lifted, shoulders down and back, abs in and up, and posture lifted.
Pilates Plies — With or without a Magic Circle, hold your arms out in front of you in ballet first position (as if you’re hugging a tree). Start with your heels together and toes turned out in a Pilates “V Stance.” Bend your knees to the sides, and then squeeze your butt as you lift back up. Repeat 20 times.
Pilates Lunges — Again with your arms stretched out, step out with your right foot to a 45-degree angle in a Pilates lunge, press off your leg, and move your legs back together to come to your starting position. Repeat on the left side. Do 10 lunges on each leg.
Repeat the entire sequence one or two more times.
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