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How to Do the Bicycle Pilates Move for a Sexy Legs Workout

Learn how to do the bicycle Pilates move from personal trainer Mindi Smith in this Howcast sexy legs workout video.

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A great Pilates move for slimming the legs are bicycles. Basically, bicycles are more of a core exercise, but they do work the legs also. Basically you're going to lay down on your back and you're going to put your hands behind your head just like this. And your hands are going to be supporting the head, but not yanking on the head. You're just supporting. So, you're going to go on a bicycle movement. So, as one leg comes towards your body, the opposite elbow goes towards that knee. And the same thing with this. So, basically you extend out and you touch. So, you want to make sure that as you're doing this, you're extending your legs out, your arms are open. A lot of people what they make the mistake is they bring their arms close to their face and then they kinda cheat themselves because they go like this, whereas, you're not getting the full range of motion. You're not getting the full benefit of the exercise. So, basically turn and turn. And, when you're first starting off with this, the higher you keep your legs, the easier it is. So, for beginners, I would keep your legs a little bit higher. But, as you get more advanced, the lower you bring your legs, the more you're going to work your lower core and the more you're going to work your quads, here. So, beginners to advanced. Make sure you breathe out on each touch. So basically, I would do about 20 reps. Once you feel a burn, I would do about 10 more. Challenge yourself. Work yourself up from there. Go 30, 40, 50 reps and just kind of challenge yourself from there. And as for that, that's a great exercise. A pilates move for slimming the legs.

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