Mari Winsor, the star’s very own Pilates instructor, recently gave us the 4-1-1 on the exercises Miley does to keep her figure in shape. The moves, which are featured on Winsor’s Lower Body Pilates DVD available on GaiamTV, consists of exercising the waist, the glutes, the buttocks, and the inner and outer thighs to ensure a maximum full-impact workout. According to trainer, Miley practices these moves six times a week at her studio in Los Angeles.
Read on for her workout tips:
How does Miley get those amazing abs? In Pilates, every exercise that you do is focused on your abs, or as we call it in Pilates, your powerhouse. There are specific exercises where you might feel a little more of a burn in that area but you are constantly using your abs to maintain control of your body’s movement. The one-hundred the double leg stretch and the criss-cross are all crucial to sculpt your abs.
Lie flat on your back and bring your knees into your chest making sure that the lower back is pressing into the floor. Palms facing down lift your head and shoulders up off the mat. Take your arms straight down by your side, palms facing down. Straighten your legs to a 45-degree angle rotating your legs open from the hip squeezing your legs and heels together. If you have a bad back, bend your knees a little. Breathe in through your nose for a count of five then out through your nose for a count of five until you reach 100. As you’re breathing, pump your arms up and down 100 times keeping them next to your body and parallel to the floor.
Double Leg Stretch:
Lying flat on your back on the mat bring both knees in to your chest. You should be hugging your knees by holding on to your ankles with both hands. Lift your head and shoulders off the mat keeping your shoulders down. Your head should be relatively close to your knees. Imagine yourself being tucked in to a magicians box. Be as tiny as you can be. Stretch your legs out to a 45 degree angle from the body, legs together and slightly rotated from the hip so you can squeeze your heels together, as you extend your arms fully straight by your head. Keep you upper torso stable, tummy pulled in shoulders down and lower back on the mat. As you move both arms and legs in the opposite direction, inhale. Exhale as you use your tummy to draw the legs and arms with control back to the original position in the magicians box. Repeat this ten times. Each time you extend your arms and legs away from your center, give yourself a challenge and try to reach and extra inch longer to create more length in the body and more work in the core.
Lie flat on your back. Your hands go behind your head with one hand on top of the other, elbows open, shoulders down. Lift your head and shoulders up off the mat as your right knee comes into your chest and your left leg is extended out at a 45-degree angle. Twist in your waist taking your left elbow towards your right knee. Remember to twist from the waist rather than just moving your elbow towards the knee. As you twist to one side hold the position for three counts then switch to the other side for three counts. Do 10 reps.
The workout in my new Lower Body Pilates DVD encompasses what I refer to as the “rear view”. Often times when we look at ourselves in the mirror, we look at ourselves from the front, from the side, but very rarely do we look at what is behind us. This is a view that is most commonly seen by everyone else, so my thought was to make a workout encompassing everything my clients have ever requested from the waist down: The waist, the hips, the gluts, the buttocks the inner and the outer thighs. If this workout is done without stopping, it could be deemed as a total body workout and cardio as well. If weight loss is your main goal, don’t forget to go on a diet plan along with the workout. In addition to dropping a few pounds, you will definitely lose inches and notice the toning in your muscles.
Watch the video below to get a better sense of the moves. Celebuzz will also be giving away a free 30-day subscription to GaiamTV later this week — so check back for your chance to win access to more Pilates workout videos!
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