Pilates Workouts

This 16-Minute Advanced Pilates Core Workout Will Literally Help You Find Your Center

Erin Bunch

The words "advanced Pilates core workout" are thinly-veiled code for "painful AF," but you know what they say...no pain, no gain. In the latest episode of Good Moves, Chloe De Winter of Go Chlo Pilates demos an ab burnout so powerful you may actually, for the very first time in your life, feel *centered* afterward.

"I'm so excited to give you the ultimate core workout today," she says with a smile, knowing full well she's about to torture you and your midsection.

De Winter's intentions are benevolent, however, as stronger cores enhance balance and stability, which you may need as you potentially walk around in heels this summer for the first time in over a year. A strong core also prevents back pain, the bane of too many peoples' existences, improves your overall athletic performance (and/or just makes, say, bending over to pick up the remote easier), and elevates your posture, among other benefits.

This routine runs through a number of uber-effective core-centric moves designed to do all of the above, including deceptively simple-looking leg lifts (and, of course, their more painful lowers), oblique crunches, straight-leg sit-ups, and trusty planks. Since not one of those positions is comfortable, per se, the workout's saving grace is that de Winter keeps it quickly flowing so that the 16-minute burn moves swiftly and is over before you even think about quitting.

If you're looking for a workout that offers a lot of return in just a little time so that you can *crunch* it into a busy day or tack it on to the end of your weekly cardio, press play on the latest Good Moves video above.

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