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…

You will need

  • A mat
  • Floor space
  • Some flexibility

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.

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.