‘Best way to sculpt your belly’: Two Pilates moves to ‘tone’ for a ‘narrow waist’

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Rebecca Convey, owner of Kinetic Pilates, offers classical Pilates training in North London. She detailed how the exercise Pilates can be used to create a “narrow waist”.

“Pilates is an excellent method to tone the belly and the whole body,” Rebecca said.

“Pilates exercises are designed to build strong, lean muscles and create length in the body.

“Pilates helps to lift your core in and up, which creates a lifted spine and long narrow waist.

“By using the correct muscles, you will not only stand taller with better posture, but your abdominals will also become stronger creating a long, toned waistline if done properly and consistently.”

The advice comes after personal trainer and fitness influencer Emily Furey advised how to use walking to lose belly fat. 

Rebecca demonstrated the “Traditional Stomach Series”, which she advises to tackle belly fat.

She said it is the “best way to sculpt your belly area. It not only strengthens your abdominals it helps to create long lean muscles and definition.

“It is a very effective couple of exercises that are part of the Basic Classical Mat Series.

“Doing the Basic Mat Series as part of your workout will go a long way to help you achieve a stronger core and more sculpted belly.”

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Classical Pilates Stomach Series

Rebecca described the routine in detail, so you can perform it at home.

She said: “The aim of these exercises is to strengthen your abdominals while strengthening and lengthening your body. It goes a long way to tone your belly.

“Make sure to keep your back supported and do not let it arch off the mat, keep your tummy muscles pulled in and up to support your back.

“Make sure you do not feel any pain or discomfort, especially in your back or neck. If you feel pain or discomfort in your back lift your stretched leg higher, if you feel pain or discomfort in your neck put your head down. Keep your abdominals pulled in and up the whole time.”

The Pilates guru added: “Working with a well-trained instructor is the best way to study Pilates.”

Single Leg Stretch

  • Lie down on your back and bring your knees into your chest.
  • Place your right hand on your right knee and your left hand on your right ankle.
  • Lift up your head and shoulder and stretch your left leg. (Only lower your stretched leg as low as you can keep your back supported on the mat)
  • Switch your legs and your hands (Left hand on your left knee and right hand on your left ankle, left leg switch)
  • Repeat five to 10 times

Double Leg Stretch

  • Lie down on the mat and bring your knees into your chest, hold onto your ankles
  • Lift up your head and shoulders
  • Stretch your arms and leg out (keep your back supported by the mat)
  • Circle your arms around
  • Bend your legs back to your chest and hold back onto your ankles.
  • Repeat five to 10 times

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