1. The Hundred

 

The most well-known Pilates exercise, designed to strengthen abdominal muscles, improve spinal stability, and emphasize breath. It can be an amazing exercise that works a lot of body parts, when performed correctly. When your parts are fighting each other, it can cause increase in neck tension, low back pain, hip flexor/quad cramping. 

 

Classical start: lie flat on back, head on floor, arms at sides palms down

Recommended start: vertical arms, hips/knees at 90 degrees (dead bug)

 

1. Exhale, float head, neck and shoulders off the floor, reach arms horizontal and heels 12-18 inches from floor.

 

2. Inhale, hinge at shoulders to pump arms up/down 4-6 inches five times. Exhale to pump arms for five. Repeat ten times, hence the hundred.

 

3. Inhale to return to start position. 

 

 

 

To decrease neck tension: find armpit muscles to float head, neck, and shoulders, utilize support from the back of the neck, soften sternum/bend at thoracic spine to raise head.

 

To improve lumbar stability: think of tipping pubic bone towards nose when lowering the legs, image pushing down with hamstrings. 

 

To improve overall efficiency of the exercise: inhale into the back of the ribs, exhale to wrap around softening ribs. 

 

Modifications: keep head on the floor, bend knees with feet on floor, keep hip/knees at 90 degrees, straighten legs to ceiling, straighten legs 45 degree angle at hips, perform 20/50/70 breath count. Use any of these modifications as needed for neck/low back pain or fatigue.

Location

Located across from the MKT trail parking lot on Forum

 

2718 Forum Boulevard, Suite 4A

Columbia, MO 65203

 

jamie@limitlesspilates.com

314-560-7270

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