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Category: Strength Training

Ab Pulses with little ball (THE FOUNDATION TO LOW ABS)

Really learn how to engage those low abs! This exercise is one of our favorites for finding your low, low abs and feeling your abs engage in and open (instead of out, see our vlog on how to engage your abs to learn more about this). While these are our reasons for it being a […]

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How to properly engage your abs

Get the most out of your ab work! We all know how important core work is but do you know that how you engage your abs is equally important? You can build your ab muscles in two different ways. The way we usually engage our abs builds the center, outer abs more than the underneath abs […]

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Bridges with Stability Ball

Work your hamstrings and glutes with this challenging bridge variation! Bridges are known for activating and working glutes, but this version has a stabilization and hamstring component as well. By placing your feet on the stability ball, you’ll notice having to stabilize the ball right to left as you bridge up and come down. Your […]

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Single Leg Kicks on Stomach

Build long and lean hamstrings with this great, isolating exercise! This exercise is great for helping to build hamstring strength while lengthening the front of your quad and hip. Key points to remember are: Hold your low abs and pelvic floor in and up. Press the front of your pubic bone into the floor. This […]

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Standing Hamstring Curls

Work your hamstrings without taking time out of your busy schedule! This exercise is perfect for busy people because you can fit this into your life when you are already standing: when you are cooking, waiting in line, brushing your teeth, etc. To prep for this exercise, engage your low abs, by pulling them into […]

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Single Straight Leg Lifts on Stomach

Make walking easier, especially for your hip joints, with this great glute exercise! This exercise is great for strengthening your low glutes, hamstrings and low core! When done correctly, it also stretches the front and inside of your hips. The combination of strength, stretch and core stability that you gain from this exercise makes walking […]

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Glute leg lift on the diagonal

Bonus: Work your core stabilization in this excellent glute exercise! This is a movement of the head of the femur around in the hip joint. If you wiggle and move through your hips or spine during these glute lifts you’ll miss out on major benefits! Take special notice of this and pull your abs in […]

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Woman on mat with feet on chair while another teaches

Bridges with Feet on a Bench or Chair

Work those glutes and hamstings with a little extra umph! These variations, with your feet on a wall or chair, add a little extra challenge to your bridges! You can do these with a straight back or a rolling spine, but, if you haven’t tried them before, our Pilates instructor recommends starting with the rolling […]

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Single Leg Dead Lift

Keep your thoughts positive as you try this challenging balance, hamstring and glute exercise! Do not get discouraged or frustrated with this challenging single leg exercise! Balancing exercises can be difficult and you may need to fight every second you’re in it to simply stay on your feet and not fall over! This is completely […]

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