Before we dive into today's workout I want to touch on an important aspect of Pilates that you'll hear me mention quite a bit, neutral spine.

While some Pilates instructors teach all exercises with a flat back, I lean more toward maintaining neutral spine throughout most exercises.

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What is neutral spine?

A healthy spine has natural curves.

There is a curve in the neck and a slight curve in the lower back. These curves are GOOD! They keep the spine healthy and safe by providing shock absorption and promoting flexibility.

If you're new to Pilates you probably aren't aware of what your spine is doing while you exercise.

Chances are when you do abdominal work (like crunches) you flatten your back and imprint your spine down into the mat. This isn't always a bad thing, but more often than not I'd like you to try to find your neutral spine while doing these exercises.  Don't worry, I'll remind you frequently.

Questions? Don't hesitate to ask in the comments.


Now, on to your workout!

Today we're going back to some nice, pure ab work (you love it right?). Enjoy!


Today's Check-In: Snap a photo of ONE thing you're doing to take care of yourself today. It may be your workout, it may be a nap, it may be a latte. Whatever it is, I want to see it! Don't forget to hashtag #28daysofpilates.





PS - Needing a little boost of motivation? This post might help: do what you can, where your are, with what you have.

PPS- Just joining us? Welcome! You can catch up by doing day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4 and day 5. Or just jump right in and add those on later :)

disclaimer: these videos were created for individuals in good health. Robin recommends that you speak with your doctor prior to beginning a new exercise routine. By doing this video you do so at your own risk and agree to release Robin Long and The Balanced Life of any and all liability.