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In case you haven't noticed, starlet Miley Cyrus has been flaunting a seriously toned tummy lately. Turns out, the multitalented artist is a huge fan of Mari Winsor Pilates — she can be seen leaving the fitness guru's class multiple times a week. We caught up with Winsor to get the scoop on how to tone like Miley — at home!
Miley's body is looking incredible lately, and she's a huge fan of Pilates. How did she start training with you?
Her mother had done Winsor Pilates, and when Miley wanted to do Pilates, her mom recommended me. Her results are due to her commitment, hard work, and everyday workouts. I believe what attracts all stars to Pilates is that it's safe, effective, and the results are very fast when done correctly.
Tell us a little bit about your Lower Body Pilates DVD.
The workout in my new Lower Body Pilates DVD encompasses what I refer to as the "rear view." Oftentimes, when we look at ourselves in the mirror, we look at ourselves from the front, from the side, but 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 hips, the glutes, the butt, the inner and outer thighs.
Is there a routine or move that Miley is particularly a fan of in the Lower Body Pilates DVD?
Miley is a fan of all Pilates exercises, in particular those that sculpt the abs. The great thing about all the routines is that your abs are engaged, even though you're focusing on your hips, thighs, and glutes. As a bonus, there is a 10-minute abs workout bonus included in the DVD.
We have to ask: how did you get her those amazing abs? Is there a move or two you could share?
In Pilates, every exercise that you do is focused on your abs, or as we call it in Pilates, your powerhouse. The 100, the double leg stretch, and the criss-cross are all crucial to sculpting your abs.
Learn how to do these Pilates basics after the break.
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, then 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.
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 toward your right knee. Remember to twist from the waist rather than just moving your elbow toward 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.
Snag Mari Winsor's Lower Body Pilates DVD and other products on Gaiam's website.