Pilates is one of the best ways to strengthen your core muscles and elongate your figure. The fitness circle also referred to as a resistance ring or magic circle is a common prop used to enhance Pilates mat workouts. Here are a few ways to utilize the fitness circle to elevate your at-home workout session.
Chest Opener with Tricep Extension
Start on your knees with your hands behind your back holding the ring. Align your hand with the soft paper of the ring. Then, open up your chest, squeeze your shoulder blades together and squeeze the ring between your palms. Repeat 10 times.
Start on your back and place your legs through the ring, where it rests a couple of inches above your knees. With your feet flat on the mat, hip-width apart, carefully roll your body up to a bridge. Squeeze the glutes at the top and flare the knees. Repeat 10 times.
Abdominal Crunch with Leg Extensions
Start by lying on your back, and place the ring between your knees. Keep your hands behind your head. Legs start at tabletop position, and as you crunch up, extend one leg up to 45 degrees and double squeeze the ring. Bend your legs back to tabletop position, lower the head and neck, and repeat. Repeat 10 times.