We teach you how to use the magic pilates ring
It is an accessory to start doing Pilates so basic that it will surprise you with an efficiency you will not expect again. Whether you’re new to this discipline or already have a remarkable level, learn how to use the magic Pilates ring and discover all it can do for you.
The Magic Circle, invented by Joseph Pilates himself, is a truly witty instrument that serves to achieve greater intensity in many of the exercises that can be part of your Pilates routine.
It consists of a ring made of semi-flexible rubber and of a size of about thirty-five to forty cm. in diameter (although you have them in multiple sizes). It has 2 handles, one on each side, so you can grab it easily and it won’t slip or fall too fast. If you learn to take advantage of the Pilates ring, it will surely be a part of one of your classes.
How to use the magic Pilates ring
Varying the exercises and adding a little more complexity to them is the goal of this easy instrument with which you will be able to work on different parts of your body in a more intense way. The magic ring of Pilates is designed so that you must increase your care in each and every exercise for the added complexity of holding it at all times with your hands or feet.
It should be noted that, although it is a factor of the Pilates discipline, it is effective in any training based on isometric exercises, those in which you work on the basis of your anatomical weight. When you are going to use it, remember that the hoop will help you tone your muscles by demanding extra work from certain muscles such as those of your arms, legs, abs or abductors.
Keep in mind, in addition to this, that any work with the magic Pilates ring involves supervising the proper posture of the spine and pelvis, so, before you start doing the different exercises, be sure to hold it in a convenient way to promote the balance of your entire body. Whether you want to lose weight doing Pilates as you would like to strengthen, some tricks to use the magic Pilates ring well are:
- The ring will always and under all circumstances put pressure on it and this pressure must be concentrated at the level of the handles. Getting it right is the first step to reaping its benefits.
- You can use it to push, that is, to try to close this circle by overcoming its resistance, or to expand, which would imply just the opposite effect, to try to”break it” by pulling on both ends. In both cases, the muscular work, before any exercise, will become more intense.
- When you have to lean on the magic ring (for example, lying face down while you try to raise the log with your two hands) do not put too much pressure on it. The hoop is not your?stick?, but rather an element that helps you to establish the distance in comparison with the ground (in the case of the example) in order to get you to increase your care.
Exercises to learn how to use the magic Pilates ring
Like other accessories used in a Pilates session, this one can be very useful. If you don’t know him, a good way to start getting his benefits is to do some basic exercises with him:
Standing with your legs subtly apart, hold the ring with both hands and your arms outstretched at shoulder level. Try to join your fists together and you will appreciate how the resistance of the hoop makes you work intensely, the muscles of your arms, next to your pectorals and deltoids.
2. Legs and abs
Lying on your back, hold the ring between your ankles and squeeze it tightly. Then, do leg lifts and you will be doing a double exercise that involves working on the abdominal muscles and also your legs, fat accumulation or flaccidity on the inner thighs? unthinkable.
3. Back and buttocks
Sitting on the floor, place the ring vertically on one of your sides, at the height of your hip. Keep your back straight and with your opposite hand (the one furthest from the ring) press the magic ring gently. You should always and under all circumstances turn slightly more, keeping your back straight. Remember, don’t put your weight on the hoop.