September 03, 2008

Pilates workouts: The Hundred

The Hundred is a classic Pilates exercise –one of my top favorites, too- , a regular one at almost every Pilates class to help warm up lungs and abdominal muscles.

It has an average difficulty since you have to coordinate breathing with movement, and put strength and dexterity at the same time.

It is a quite safe exercise; it is one of the most highly recommended Pilates exercises for pregnant women.

Pilates: The Hundred

Tips for The Hundred workout
  • Too challenging: If you find this difficult, put your feet flat on the floor with your knees bent.
  • Not challenging enough: Lift your legs extended to the ceiling, making a 45 degree angle at the hip.
  • Keep your belly button tucked and keep your back flat on the floor.
  • For pregnant women: If you are at your second trimester, place pillow under your head, neck and back to prop up your body.


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