7 Pilates Moves to Tone Your Body and Lose Weight

This traditional Pilates workout works abs and heart rate. Lying on your back, bring your legs to a table-top position, raise your head and shoulders, and pump your arms while breathing deeply for 100 counts.

The Hundred

A full-body core stabilizer. Be in a forearm plank with your shoulders to ankles straight. Hold this position for 30–60 seconds while breathing deeply.


An advanced abs and balancing move. Lay on your back with arms overhead and legs straight. Form a V with your body by slowly lifting your arms and legs to balance on your sitting bones.


Targets abdominal and leg muscles. Lie on your back, pull one knee into your chest, stretch the other, and swap legs quickly while maintaining your core engaged and lower back pressed to the floor.

Single Leg Stretch

Intensify core training. Lay on your back with knees in chest and head and shoulders up. Circle your arms and pull your knees in after extending your legs and arms.

Double Leg Stretch

Obliques and core strength benefit with Criss-Cross. Lay back with hands behind head and knees bent into chest. Keep switching sides to bring your right elbow to your left knee while extending your right leg.


This stretching exercise also tones the abdominal sides. Sit with legs folded and arm on floor. Move your other arm over your head to the side, stretching your side. Switch sides after a few reps.

Mermaid Stretch

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