Obliques (Criss Cross)

"Description: Obliques is the second exercise in what is known as the Ab Series in the Pilates Mat Repertoire. It's one of 4 or 5 exercises (depending on the level) that primarily focuses on strengthening your abs and hip flexors. It's challenging because it requires coordination and sustained tension on the abs while moving the legs and torso. Start Position: Begin supine with you upper torso in flexion, lumbar in neutral (or slightly flexed) and legs together and in table top. Your hands are behind your head with elbows slightly forward. To Perform the Exercise:_ Exhale as you straighten one leg and reach it toward the floor and rotate your torso toward the bent leg. Inhale as the legs pass each other on the switch and exhale as you rotate opposite way and switch legs. Complete 8-10 repetitions.

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