First Position Pilates Reformer Exercise

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Learn how to do the first position pilates exercise in this free health and fitness instruction video.

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In this clip we will be working on first position on reformer. Helen is going to be working with me today. Thanks for being here Helen. So today we are going to start by bringing the knees apart and the feet apart and just pressing those heels together. This is first position. Those knees should be about hips distance apart, arms are resting beside on the carriage, shoulders back and down, back and nice and long. So I am going to have Helen really engage her abdominals, take an inhale and send the carriage out full extension with the legs and as she exhales, she is going to blow out with her pierced lips drawing the carriage back in. She will repeat that several times inhaling and extending the spine and exhaling engaging those deep abdominal muscles and she will just continue this motion. It is a really great exercise for leg strength. It is also a great exercise for building core stability and pelvic stability. Four more and exhale. Great control. So she is resisting those springs moving slowly and exhaling in. Perfect. Last two to finish and last one, inhaling out and exhaling in. Great job and that is first position on Pilate's reformer.

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