Intermediate Mat–Functional Strengthening: Abs, Hips, Shoulders, Legs–8min–Tania Huddart | Always Pilates
Tania’s functional strengthening class strengthens your abs, shoulders, hip flexors, and legs to help you sit from standing and pick things up off the floor.
The class starts in four-point-kneel position. You hinge at the hips to release your lower spine and warm up your hips for stand-to-sit movements. You mobilise your spine by curving over like a cat before moving the ribs from side to side.
You place your elbows and forearms on the floor, and lift and lower your knees off the mat—a great exercise for strengthening your shoulders, lower abs, and hips.
The last exercise opens your upper spine.