Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Day 193- Open Leg Rocker

This Exercise is a Classic Pilates Mat Exercise.  It is similar to rolling like a ball, but the straight legs increase the lever arms that the core must support
To do this exercise you will need a mat.  Start sitting with your knees bent and your feet hovering just above the floor.  Exhale as you hollow your abdominals and straighten your legs, your hands will hold your ankles.  Inhale here and then exhale as you roll back towards your shoulders, and then roll back up to the balanced “V” position.  Repeat 8-10 times
Things to think about
If you have Osteoporosis you should not do this exercise, but you may try balancing in the “V” position.
If this is your first venture beyond Rolling Like a Ball, be sure to remember that your legs will make a much more powerful lever arm and they will increase the force with which you roll back.  In other words be careful.  Don’t hit your head on the way back.

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