This modified swimmer move targets hard-to-reach back and thigh areas
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Linda Farrell: Hi! I'm Linda Farrell, creator of the LindaFit Pilates program in New York City. Let's face it, woman's backs are over worked and under appreciated, but with exercise we can make a huge difference. These simple moves that I've designed will to help improve your back strength, firmness, and definition. This move is based on the classic Pilates exercise called swimming. Let's take a look at classic swimming. The arms are forward, the legs behind, we lift up, and we flatter kick the legs in a swimming pattern. Now, in our move, we're going to take the arms and legs instruct to open and close, adding the inner thigh muscles, some different muscles in our shoulders. Now, for more of a beginner's option, we can use the arms to stabilize us and continue to beat those legs working the inner thigh. Now, for another challenge we had a little bit of coordination skill. Let's see, if we can bend the knees, keep the heels lifted, but at that same time, start to do a breast stroke arm patterning and this challenges your brain, so wakeup and figure out how to coordinate the two, and then we'll slowly release and sit back on the heels and round and take a much deserved stretch. Now, those moves can be done six to eight times and for other great moves, please visit prevention.com/fitness.