The movement in “Saw” comes from the rotation of the spine not the hips and pelvis. Think of it as a “wringing” out of the abs. Also, try to create and maintain as much length from fingertip to fingertip. The deeper the work you can create in your own body the more you will get out of every movement!
- Sit on your mat with a tall stack spine, legs extended wider than hip width, feet flexed at the ankle joint and arms extended out to the side
- Inhale as you squeeze your glutes, pull your abdominals in and up and twist right as far as possible – remember the twist comes from the rotation of the spine!
- Exhale as you round over the left leg reaching your left arm towards the outside of the right leg. Right arm is reaching and lifting back behind you as far as possible
- Inhale as you stack your spine back to your starting position and repeat twisting left.
- Repeat 3x to each side
Joseph Pilates, a man, started this amazing system of training for soldiers during World War I. Pilates has been and continues to be an avenue of training for many professional athletes, dancers and recreational athletes. To name a few…….World Series Champion pitcher Curt Schilling, golf star Tiger Woods, The New Jersey Nets basketball team, actor John Stamos and even Sting have improved their performance and body mechanics with Pilates (www.usatoday.com).
Pilates increases strength and flexibility for men in a way that makes them feel like they are being challenged and working towards a tangible goal. Most men exercise for goal oriented reasons. Maybe you want to hit the golf ball further, improve your tennis game, become a faster runner or improve your vertical leap on the basketball court. Whatever your motivation, Pilates is guaranteed to make you stronger, faster, longer, leaner, more flexible and most importantly you will feel better after your workout!
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