The Hundred is the traditional Pilates warmup exercise that's also great for strengthening the upper and lower abdominal muscles. Try the Hundred and Roll Up for an extended warmup to your Pilates practice.
To warm up your body, lie on your back with your legs in tabletop position, maintaining a 90-degree angle at the hip and knee. Lift your head and shoulders. Reach your arms towards your feet. Pump your arms above the abdominal wall. Inhale for five breaths and exhale for five breaths. Repeat for nine more cycles until you have reached 100 breaths. For a challenge, extend your legs out to a 45-degree angle.
From the Hundred, lie on your back with your legs on the mat and toes pointed towards the ceiling. Float your arms above your head. As you inhale, peel your head, shoulders and upper body off the mat bone by bone. Exhale over your body. Inhale and exhale roll down with control to the starting position. Complete 5 repetitions. Remember to use full inhalations and exhalations as you move through this pose.
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