When the Niagara Falls freeze over and America is battling against the freezing temperatures due to the Polar Vortex, you know we’re going to be in for a cold spell pretty soon.
I can imagine you musing, “What does this have to do with Pilates”? Well, Pilates can be a great way to raise your body temperature and get your heart pumping so I thought it would be a good idea to give you a short routine to warm your cockles.
I have taught in many village halls where it felt warmer outside in the snow filled air than it did lying on the floor beginning the Pilates class. I began to use Tabata training to make sure my class participants warmed up their core temperature and often broke into a sweat.
In 1996, a Japanese Professor, Izumi Tabata was conducting a study on Olympic Speedskaters using intense short bursts of training. He deduced that timed, short explosions of high intensity training (20 seconds) interspersed with short rest periods (10 seconds) made more of an impact than continuous moderate exercise.
Therefore, today I have a routine for you that will warm you up, get you fitter quicker, improve your heart strength and burn off some of the festive excesses too. All this with just 4 minutes of exercises.
So, here are 4 Pilates exercises I’d like you to perform for just 20 seconds with a 10 second rest in between and repeat the whole cycle 4 times. I guarantee if you put enough effort into these you will certainly raise your core temperature, burn calories and may even have to turn down the heating!
- The Hundred
- Bridge with buttock squeezes
- Single Leg Stretch
- Criss Cross