A Side plank.
With a swing.
Sounds like perfect playground equipment.
We’ll call it playing.
I showed a quick hyperlapse video on instagram and thought it might be nice to break down this exercise. This is a classic Pilates exercise that I love but with a twist. It works a lot of things. Pretty much ALL the things. All the things that need worked. Like, even the brain. Pilates takes so much coordination. Which I do not have. But, I try.
So try it with me. Here’s what you do.
Start seated with feet wide, feet flexed and planted. Torso tall.
Think cement, at least for this first part, with feet planted, as in not going anywhere; no sliding around.
Take a breath in and turn to one side. Arms wide.
Rotate the back thumb down and exhale as you reach for the opposite foot. Squeeze all that air out.
Inhale to come up.
Place that back hand down, fingers on the floor pointed away and the arm snuggled up next to the ribs.
Turn to the outside edge of that foot you were just reaching for and lift the hips, pressing them forward into a strong, long-line side plank and with that back leg still back and lifted. The top arm is now forward as you’ve leaned forward.
Stay here and swing the back leg forward (trying not to kick the cat) as the top arm reaches back overhead.
Return the leg back and the top arm up with a nice controlled swing. Slide the back leg down and smoothly sit.
Returning to open up the arms and sit tall as you started.
Repeat on the other side.
Then repeat 3-8 times each side.
Ok, that’s all I’ve got for now. Need to go get in a 9-miler. That’ll make 19 miles on the day. Should be a 110ish week.
I love it.
How’s your training?
Have you ever tried Pilates?
Thoughts on inversions and handstands? I’d love your insights on how to get that handstand!?