Fitness + Well-being

3 Belly-Flattening Pilates Moves

Follow Heather Culton's rainbow series to get a tight tummy.

 

Looking to strengthen your midsection? Follow fitness expert Heather Culton’s three signature Pilates moves, known as the rainbow series.

Move 1:1. Extend your legs, sitting at a 45 degree angle in a curved "half-C" position.

2. Extend your arms straight in front of your head and gently twist your body a few degrees to the right, then a few degrees to the left.

3. Repeat this movement eight times.

  • Note: For more of a challenge, bring your arms up higher. When you twist your body to the right, tap your right arm to the floor, and when you twist your body to the left, tap your left arm to the floor.

Move 2:1. Return to the "half-C" position and extend your right arm as if you were holding onto a bar.

2. Look at your left hand and follow it up and over your head, touching the floor in the back. Keep your right arm still.

3. Repeat this movement eight times.

4. Switch sides, extending your left arm as if you were holding onto a bar.

5. Look at your right hand and follow it up and over your head, touching the floor in the back. Keep your left arm still.

6. Repeat this movement eight times.

Move 3:1. Return to the "half-C" position and extend your arms straight up and over your head.

2. Looking at your right hand, twist your body to the right and extend both hands to the ground (right hand moves to the back and left hand moves to the front).

3. Bring both arms back up over your head.

4. Looking at your left hand, twist your body to the left and extend both hands to the ground (left hand moves to the back and right hand moves to the front).

5. Repeat this movement eight times.

  • Note: For more of a challenge, extend your body closer to the ground in a more horizontal position.

For the best results, do this series every day. At the very least, do this series three times a week — you’ll start to feel and notice a difference!

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