Pilates Toning Exercises

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Pilates toning exercises help to make sure your muscles can handle the exercises you put them through. Prepare your muscles for greater Pilates exercises with help from a certifies Pilates instructor in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Amy Newman, fitness expert and creator of The Perfect 10 Workout, and I'm going to show you some toning exercises that you can do in your Pilates workout. We are going to slide down onto one side. Now remember, we are going to end up using both sides of our body, but I'm just going to show you one side. Then, you'll want to switch and use the other side. We are going to lay down with our head in line, our neck in line with our spine. One hand right in front of our chest to be like a tripod in helping you balance. The bottom leg is balanced as well. Toe is pointed down with the top leg. And you are going to lightly tap the ground. Lightly tapping the ground breathing. Exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale. Just a little move can do a lot. Do a lot of reps, lot of reps and then start to pump up a little, just a little bit by using your outer thigh. Kind of leaning a little forward, toe is down, using the outer thigh to lift your leg. You want to feel the burn right there. Do a bunch. I mean you could do 20 small little reps. Don't hold your breath, you always want to keep your breath flowing. Bend your knee to make it even harder and then add some more lifts. Breathing, exhaling slow, inhaling deep. Using the outer thigh don't lift your knee up you want to lift your outer thigh up. Kind of leaning a little bit forward. After you've done about 20 reps of those, then tap your knees together. Tap, lift, tap, lift, tap, lift, tap, lift do about 20 of those. Then bring your knee in front squeezing your abs, stretch your leg back and tap behind you. Bring your knee in, stretch your leg back, tap behind you. Bring your knee in exhale, stretch your leg back and tap behind you. Bring your leg in, stretch your leg back and tap. Bring your knees in together and that's a great way to workout and get nice and toned with Pilates exercises. I'm Amy Newman, thanks for joining me.

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