Weighted Pilates Sit-Up
Move Targets: Core
Step 1: Lie on your back and hold one dumbbell horizontally over your chest, arms extended. Flex the feet and allow for a natural curve of the lower back, but pull the belly button into the spine.
Step 2: Exhale and peel the spine off of the mat while continuing to hold the weight out in front of you. Keep your feet and legs on the mat. Come to a complete sitting position with a straight back before you roll the spine back down.
Modification: Have someone hold your feet; drop the weight; bend the knees.