With roles like Olivia Pope on ABC’s Scandal and Broomhilda Von Shaft in the Oscar nominated movie Django Unchained, it’s hard to believe that actress Kerry Washington has the time to work out. Proving that she is a “jill of all trades” Kerry admits that her secret weapon to achieving and retaining her incredible body is through Pilates. Kerry says that Pilates has allowed her to focus on her appearance and health without being abusive to her body.
Pilates is an exercise system that strengthens the muscles while lengthening them, creating a figure that is long and lean. What woman doesn’t want that? Right!With the help of celebrity Pilates instructors Erika Bloom and Nonna Gleyzer, Kerry achieves strengthening her body and mind without spending excessive amount of hours working out.
Here are some moves and tips from her instructors:
Erika says the key to achieving a lean, flat tummy is to focus on the deeper abdominal muscles. To do so she recommends the following moves:
- Lie on floor/mat, head facing upwards
- Lift legs up slightly
- Straighten arms behind head
- When reaching up inhale and put chin towards chest to roll all the way up
- When going down exhale and scoop the belly to roll down to the spine
- Do 10 to 15 reps then repeat