Pose of the Month: The Pilates Hundred
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The Pilates hundred. If you attend my classes you know this exercise well. A great way to energize and warm the body, get thing circulating and warm up the abdominals. Photo is me doing the hundred on the Reformer at the Red Thread Ranch where I had the joy of working with top teachers in the Pilates industry. To perform the hundred on the mat lay on your back with knees bent and feet on the floor. Take a deep breath and prepare. With your next exhale engage your abdominals in and up, like you are drawing them toward the spine and up under the ribs. Lift your feet off the mat into a table top or extended to the sky or out on an angle like the photo. If the neck agrees lift the head and gaze toward the knees. Begin the pump the arms up and down about 8 inches. Inhale for 5 counts and exhale for 5 counts, repeat for 10 breathes pumping the arms approximately 100 times. Happy practicing!