The top 5 exercises

February 10, 2010 at 12:05 pm Leave a comment

According to Elizabeth Quinn, an exercise physiologist and fitness consultant who has been writing and editing health information content and working with athletes for over a decade, there are 5 exercises that in her opinion every athlete should do to stay strong and prevent injuries.

Even though we’re not athletes we still want to stay fit and strong. Therefore I had a look at the recommended exercises and noticed that they are mainly strengthening exercises and in one form or another they are part of any Pilates session. But in addition, I believe it’s important to release tight muscles, mobilise joints and do some stretching too and in a well designed Pilates class these activities are always included.

Here are the 5 exercises we must do:

  • The Plank
  • The Side Plank
  • Overhead Lunges (with weights)
  • Push Up
  • Interval Training (cardiovascular workout)

What is almost impossible to include into a Pilates session is the cardiovascular workout. Interval training is an excellent option for those who want to add cardio to their overall training program. I recommend doing the cardio workout separately from Pilates as both training ideas require a lot of focus.    

Now let’s have a look at each exercise and see how we can adapt it to Pilates using the Pilates principles (concentration, control, centring, flowing, precision, routine, isolation, breath, isolation).

For the top 5 exercises instructions please download the pdf file.


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