Pilates focuses mainly on the core or abdominal muscles so it is perfect for working on the back and abs. One of the great things about Pilates is most people can do it on their own from home at any time. For actual physical therapy or more advanced training though you should consult a certified Pilates instructor that can guide and correct your movements to ensure you are doing everything the proper way. These exercises are good for working out on your own and will strengthen your back and abs.
This is a great one to tone the abs from the inside out because that is where everything originates for this exercise. Lay on your back and bring your legs into your chest. Place your arms at your side and relax for a minute taking in some deep breathes. Inhale and lift both your shoulder blades and arms off the ground about six inches. Extend your legs out at the same time. Pulse your arms five times as you exhale. Inhale, flip your palms over and pulse five more times. Repeat ten times for a total of one hundred pulses.
On your back lift your arms over your head and keep your legs out. All in one breath and movement raise your torso in one piece, and legs at the same time. Bring your arms over your head and bend at your waist at the hip section. Make your arms reach toward your toes so you end up in a “v” sit position. Hold for one breath. Exhale and roll down the vertebrates of your spine. Repeat as many times you can handle.
Chest Float Hold
Lie on your stomach with your forehead down, arms at your side and legs straight together. Inhale and lift your torso off the ground as you also lengthen your arms behind your back and stretch. Push your shoulders down and lengthen your neck keeping it in line with your spine. Hold and relax down. Repeat ten times.