5 Pilates moves for toned, flat abs

Everyone has their own unique body shape and fitness goals. But there’s one fitness goal that most women have in common: flat abs. There are countless ways to obtain toned, flat abs, but Pilates just might be the best way to get the look you want. So, keep reading for the 5 top Pilates moves to give you those sexy, toned abs.

According to Erika Bloom, Pilates instructor and founder of her self-named Erika Bloom Pilates in New York City, “Pilates exercises tend to target all of the muscles of the core, and specifically what I call the deep-core four: the transverses abdominus, multifidi, pelvic floor, and diaphragm.”

We’ll take Bloom’s word for it, and dive right into the Pilates moves to target the core.

Roll Up

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This move is part of Kate Hudson’s Pilates routine. Start lying face-up, with arms overhead. Zip up your abs, and roll up to a seated position. Then, gradually roll back down.

The One Hundred

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Here again, start lying on your back. Then, lift shoulders off the flour and legs up. Keep your arms straight along the side of your body and pulse them while inhaling and exhaling.

The Criss-Cross

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This move is perfect for the obliques. Lie on your back, pull knees into your chest and place hands behind your head, keeping shoulders wide. Then, alternately reach one leg straight ahead, while twisting to meet opposite knee with opposite elbow.

Double-Leg Stretch

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Lie on your back, with knees bent in table top, and arms extended straight alone your side. In one movement, extend your arms up alongside your ears while straightening legs up. Remember to breath!


This move is great for upper and lower abs, along with your obliques and hip flexors. Begin lying your back, and curl your shoulders up off the ground. Then, alternately extend one leg straight up, with the other extending straight out. Keep switching for a scissor-like movement.