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Pilates: Scissors

Pilates: Scissors

The scissors Pilates exercise improves flexibility, coordination and abdominal strength. VideoJug show you an expert guide on how to perform it, so watch and enjoy.

Step 1: To prepare

Lie down on your mat with your arms by your sides, knees bent and back in imprint. From here extend both legs to the ceiling.

Step 2: The exercise

Inhale lengthen the back of your neck, exhale and flex your upper body off the mat.

Inhale here, now beginning slowly, as you exhale gently pull one leg towards you while lengthening the other away, exhale again and ease the leg further down then inhale to scissor the legs and change to the other side.

Notice how the emphasis is on lengthening the bottom leg away from you rather than pulling the top leg towards you.

Repeat this five times with each leg. If you have difficulty bringing the top leg towards you, bend the knee slightly to make it more accessible.

When you finish, relax your upper body down to the mat and hug your knees into your chest.