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Pilates Obliques Exercise Video

This video illustrates the Pilates obliques exercise. This exercise is great for rotation, flexion and strengthening pelvic stability.

The Obliques exercise targets the transversus abdominis, rectus abdominis, and obliques. Only take the legs as low as pelvic stability can be maintained. Keep the transversus abdominis engaged throughout the entire exercise. The elbows stay wide and open, as the scapulae stabilizers stay connected throughout the exercise. Feel the shoulder move toward the opposite leg, not the elbow.

Modify this exercise by keeping the legs in the tabletop position, with a ball between the knees, or bring the feet to the floor. Increase the challenge by speeding the breath pattern or hold a fitness circle to add resistance.

As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any exercise program. If you should experience any pain or discomfort, please discontinue the exercise and consult your doctor immediately.

By · Posted on March 2, 2008 · Topic Videos

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2 Responses to “Pilates Obliques Exercise Video”

  1. Manny Ramirez on June 3rd, 2008 2:47 pm

    Looks like she is moving her head and arms more than rotating her torso. She keeps turning her head with her neck muscles gripping. Not ideal form.
    Also, why is it that you mention the abdominals and not the Iliopsoas, which is obviously engaged as she is holding and moving the legs in the air, thus using the primary hip flexor.

  2. Kelley Ranaudo Kelley Ranaudo on June 6th, 2008 12:58 pm

    The hipflexors are definitely engaged, but I wouldn’t consider them the focus of the exercise. The goal for us is to help participants find the muscles the exercise is primarily focusing on. We appreciate your feedback.

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