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How to Do the Pilates Pose "The Hundred"

The Hundred is a classic piece of pilates that’s not only great for your body, but is as easy as one, two, three…

Instructions

  • Step 1: Lie on the mat Lie on the mat with your arms by your side and feet in the pilates stance—heels together, toes two inches apart.
  • Step 2: Lower chin Bring your chin to your chest and lift your legs to a 45-degree angle. If your lower back comes off the mat, lift your legs higher.
  • TIP: If your neck begins to hurt at any point during these exercises, lower it to the mat.
  • Step 3: Reach forward Stretch your arms forward, parallel to the floor, and begin raising and lowering them in six-inch arcs, inhaling for five counts and exhaling for five counts until you reach 100.
  • Step 4: Lower your legs Now lower your legs one inch from the mat and repeat the exercise, keeping your back completely flat.
  • FACT: An estimated 25 million Americans do pilates on a regular basis.

You Will Need

  • A mat
  • Floor space
  • Some flexibility

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