Pilates core routine 1

Wearing: Nike capri pants & Step n Pump top.

This is a particular favourite routine of mine! This pose goes by the name V-Sit or Boat pose depending what discipline you ask. You can really feel it working instantly and it covers all of the abdominal muscles, including the obliques. It also works for both muscle endurance and muscle strength. Follow these tips to get your core working HARD!


Sit right up on the bottom bones and tilt your hips ever so slightly forwards to straighten your spine. Relax your shoulders and reach the arms out in front. Beginners (or those with super tight hamstrings) should keep the knees a little bent, while those more experienced should try to extend fully. Engage your core throughout and think TALL through your spine and head!

1) Hold strong for 3-5 breaths.

2) Tap one foot to the mat and then return. Repeat with the opposite foot. Repeat 6-10 times.

3) From position 1, open the arms out wide. Twist to one side reaching long through the arms.

4) Return to the centre to hold and re-balance.

5) Twist to the opposite side.

Try to repeat steps 3-5 for up to 6-10 times, depending on your ability. Stop when you feel yourself slouching, rolling backwards, or dropping your legs towards the mat.