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How to Do Serratus Push-Ups in Pilates

Learn to do the serratus push-ups, an intermediate Pilates Mat exercise, from Core Pilates NYC instructor Sarah Ruback in this Howcast workout video.


This is serratus pushups which follows the seal. So you'll start coming forward onto all fours. And then just stay there for a moment. Lower down onto your forearms. Make a fist with one hand and wrap your other hand around it.

So, you may be wondering, "What is a serratus?" It is not a cloud. It is a muscle. So, those serratus muscles there's a couple of them. The serratus anterior muscles are right here. They're underneath your shoulder blades and they interconnect with with your external oblique abdominal muscles.

So, it's very important that we strengthen the serratus muscles to help the support and function of the external obliques.

Now flex your toes into the mat and extend one leg at a time back behind you with the heels together, the toes apart. Then lower the hips and slightly tuck the tailbone.

From here inhale. Lower your chest toward the mat. Hugging the shoulder blades together. Then exhale. Lift the chest back up. Inhale. Slide the shoulder blades together. Exhale. Lift the chest.

One more time here. Lower and lift. Now hold it here. Lower both knees back to the mat and sit back into your rest pose.

And that's serratus pushups.

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