The Best Pilates Exercises for Pectoral Muscle Tightening

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When it comes to working out your pectoral muscles, not all exercises are created equal. Find out about the best Pilates exercises for the pectoral muscle with help from a certified Pilates instructor in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Sarah Luna from Pilates by Sarah Luna. I'm here to show you some great strengthening workouts for your pec muscles. So, first we're going to start with a plank position down on the floor. Place your elbows underneath your shoulders, lift up in the abdominals and the hips and lengthen the legs behind you. Engage your inner thighs and press the heels away from the crown of the head, lengthening your spine. Make sure that you're breathing while you're doing this. Hold this position for 30 seconds, take a break and repeat two more times. You're going to build up your endurance until you're holding this for at least a minute. The next exercise is the Pilate leg pull. Hands will come underneath the shoulders, hips are lifted off of the mat and curling the toes under, pressing the heels away. You're holding a plank position. On your inhale, lift the right foot off of the mat about six inches, without disturbing the hips or the upper body; exhale and lower that leg. Switching to the left, lifting the left leg up and setting it down, nice and careful with control, alternating back and forth between the legs, keeping your upper body steady, arms nice and engaged underneath your shoulders. Repeat six to eight times before coming out of it. Your last exercise is your push up. Hands underneath the shoulders, legs extended behind you, abdominals lifted. Inhale as you bend your elbows, lowering your chest down towards the floor. Exhale and press yourself back up. Continue doing this six to eight times and feel free to modify by bending the knees and placing them down on the mat. Repeat three times if you really want to build up your strength. Good luck and I hope that you enjoy these exercises.

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