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Pilates 100

Pilates 100 is a classic exercise that works your core better than crunches.

Starting position: Lie on your back and bring your knees to a 90 degree angle to your upper thighs. Extend your arms along your sides, palms facing down. Pull your belly in and inhale.

Round up and pump: Exhale and slowly begin to round up to bring your chin towards your chest. Lift your arms about three inches off the floor, keeping them straight and rigid. Pump them up and down repeatedly. Only let your arms rise to slightly above your body. Inhale for a count of five and exhale for five until you reach 100 pumps total. Hug your knees into your chest to stretch.

Modification: For a more advanced Pilates 100, extend your legs out straight to 45 degrees or an even lower, more challenging angle.

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