I’m participating in March Matness again this year, which begins today. The first Pilates exercise in the series is The Hundred. The Hundred is the first exercise in the Classical Pilates repertoire and is a great abdominal exercise that warms up the body and prepares it to perform the rest of the exercises in the mat repertoire.
- Challenges Core Strength and Stability
- Targets and Strengthens Spinal Flexors
- Promotes blood circulation
- Centers the mind and body
- Connects to the Powerhouse
How To Do:
- Lay on your mat in a supine position with knees bent and feet flat on the floor
- Bring your knees into your chest and lift your head, looking into your abdominals
- Stretch your hands and arms along your side.
- Pull your belly button down into your spine, engaging your abdominals
- Breathe in for 5 counts and out for 5 counts, while pumping your arms 6-8 inches. That’s one full breath or 10 pumps. Do ten reps to finish for the full Hundred
- To advance this and challenge your core more you can extend the legs straight up to the ceiling, or out to a 45 degree angle, or as low as you can hold the legs without the back arching.