Hand Equipment for Pilates

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Small weights or other forms of hand equipment make a valuable addition to your Pilates workout, enhancing punches and twists to sculpt the upper body. Put some weight into your workout with this free video on Pilates technique.

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Hi, I'm Amy Newman, fitness expert, creator of The Perfect 10 Workout, and today we are going to incorporate some hand weights into our Pilates workout. I'm going to open up my legs in like a plie, bending my knees, heels tucked under, butt tucked under as well. I'm going to punch up bringing one elbow back and when I punch up it's going to be over my head, exhaling then down and then the other side and then down, both knees are bending, one knee is bending, one leg is straight. Both knees bending, one leg straight, both knees, other leg straight, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale. You can also tuck your tail bone under and just like a boxer round out your back using just your abdominals and from the waist down you do not want to move at all. Keep as solid and as still as you can and feel it from the waste, exhaling. You can also punch and punch and twist, twist, twist the weight, twist, twist, twist the weight, exhale, exhale doing little squats at the same time. And exhale, then you can cross over, cross, in, cross, in, cross and as you cross I want you to twist the arm, bring it in, twist the arm, the resistance of the weight making it a little bit harder to do and you feel that burn even faster. You can stretch out your arms but keep your elbows a little bit bent, bending one elbow and then the other, bending one elbow, exhale, then the other. Go from one knee to the other knee, one knee to the other knee. Then bring both elbows up, bent, bend your knees, bring your elbows in together and open, bring your elbows in together, come down and open. Then you can bring them up using your chest, bring your elbows down, exhale, inhale, exhale. I'm Amy Newman. Thanks for joining me and that's a good way to use hand weights in your Pilates workouts.

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