31 7 / 2012

MOVE: The Ballet Twist from Side to Side From Mary Helen Bowers of Ballet Beautiful (and Natalie Portman’s trainer for “Black Swan.”):
WHAT IT DOES: Works the obliques, the sides and the center part of your abdominals. “I love the way this exercise lets me quickly connect to my center,” says Bowers.
ME: This move was particularly hard for me because my stomach muscles are basically non-existent—during pregnancy, your abdominal muscles stretch to accommodate your growing belly, losing strength and tone. At first, I was barely able to complete these, and cheated by putting my arms behind me. After a few sessions, though, I was able to complete the full set. Progress!
HOW TO DO IT (watch the moving image for a visual!)
Sit on the floor with your legs out in front of you, knees slightly bent, arms in first position (coming together in a crescent over your knees) and your stomach pulled in tight.
Extend back 30 degrees, twist your upper body and pull your stomach in tight, scooping your belly button in toward your center.
Keep pulling your abs in as you change sides, rotating from left to right. “I find that moving a bit more slowly and taking a beat on each side to truly pull in and connect to my abs makes this exercise more challenging and rewarding,” says Bowers.
Repeat, doing four sets of ten.

MOVE: The Ballet Twist from Side to Side From Mary Helen Bowers of Ballet Beautiful (and Natalie Portman’s trainer for “Black Swan.”):

WHAT IT DOES: Works the obliques, the sides and the center part of your abdominals. “I love the way this exercise lets me quickly connect to my center,” says Bowers.

ME: This move was particularly hard for me because my stomach muscles are basically non-existent—during pregnancy, your abdominal muscles stretch to accommodate your growing belly, losing strength and tone. At first, I was barely able to complete these, and cheated by putting my arms behind me. After a few sessions, though, I was able to complete the full set. Progress!

HOW TO DO IT (watch the moving image for a visual!)

  1. Sit on the floor with your legs out in front of you, knees slightly bent, arms in first position (coming together in a crescent over your knees) and your stomach pulled in tight.
  2. Extend back 30 degrees, twist your upper body and pull your stomach in tight, scooping your belly button in toward your center.
  3. Keep pulling your abs in as you change sides, rotating from left to right. “I find that moving a bit more slowly and taking a beat on each side to truly pull in and connect to my abs makes this exercise more challenging and rewarding,” says Bowers.
  4. Repeat, doing four sets of ten.
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