While sitting, Pilates stomach exercises can still be performed, such as the tick tock exercise, which is great for core strength. Work out the lowest part of the abdominal muscles with help from a certified personal fitness trainer in this free video on Pilates stomach exercises.
Hi, my name is Tanya, and I'm an instructor at Gold's Gym. I want to show you a few Pilates exercises that you can do while you're just sitting down. Alright, so I'm just going to start with a fairly great one. It's called, I call it a Tick Tock. A great thing you can do, have your hands under your shoulders, lean back, lift the legs, take the legs up, so think about a clock. Your toes are at 12, go down to 6 and back up to 12. So, my legs are actually going in a circle and when my legs go down I just like to compensate with my upper body going down. Unbelievable core strength exercise, last one. Good stuff. Okay, another one to do while sitting, kind of a Yogi sit up. So again, you want to balance on your butt, shoulders down. So, you want to lean the upper body back a little but you really have to think about pulling the belly in and keeping that low back straight and if it's hard for you to keep that low back straight, when you get that core strength it becomes a little easier. It used to really challenge myself and I couldn't keep the back straight but now my core is stronger and I can do it a little better. So, I'm going to start with one leg off, then the other and you want to send the legs away and bring them in. This is like a Yogi sit up. That's what they call it, extend and bend. So, my abs are in. My low back is straight and the abdominals are getting a fantastic workout. Another great one you can do, come back on your elbows, so I'm still kind of sort of sitting down. You can do this while you're watching TV. Elbows are right below my shoulders, lift one leg, lift the other. It's called a toe touch or toe dips. You want to dip your toes down, then the other. If you just can't dip the toes, feel free to dip the heels. As long as you're kind of lowering the foot out and then down, works the lowest part of the abdominal area, super low, C-section low if you will, two more, last one. So, those are three great exercises that you can do while doing Pilates.