What is Swimming?
Swimming is a Pilates move designed to strengthen the back of the body by emulating the movement of a long, controlled swimming stroke. The exercise engages the core, back and backs of the legs. It tones and strengthens while promoting hip flexor extension.
How do you do Swimming?
Lie flat on your stomach with your arms extended straight in front of you and your legs extended and together. Your forehead should be touching the mat.
Engage your abdominals to lift your arms and legs off the mat, keeping your gaze down and your neck long.
Keeping your core engaged, lift your left arm and right leg towards the ceiling.
Switch to lift your right arm and left leg towards the ceiling. Continue to switch arms and legs in a smooth motion, emulating the fluttering kicks and arm raises of a gentle swim stroke.
How do you modify Swimming?
Swimming for Prenatal
Swimming for Beginners
Swimming for Weak Lower Back
Swimming for Weak Shoulders
Swimming for Tight Hips
What are the benefits of Swimming?
This exercise can be a great way to get your heart rate up and add a little cardio to your Pilates class.