Pilates for the Ultimate Bikini Body

Want a bangin’ bikini bod à la Miranda Kerr? With those glorious days of summer drawing closer, now is the time to make it happen. Beauticate spoke to Kirsten King, Co-Director at Fluid Form Pilates who gave us the low down on how to achieve the abs of a supermodel. (She counts Rachael Finch, Jodi Anasta, Margaret Zhang and Laura Dundovic among her clientele, so we’re betting these exercises really work). Read on to find out the best at-home Pilates exercises guaranteed to have you rocking that ultimate bikini body in no time.

Beauticate loves Miranda Kerr for Net-a-Porter. Photo by Mariano Vivanco.

Beauticate loves Miranda Kerr for Net-a-Porter. Photo by Mariano Vivanco.

To see results and achieve toned, flat abs only using the four exercises below, Kirsten recommends performing this sequence every day for 30 days.

1. Plank

“A great exercise that activates the entire muscle group within the core, as well as the arms and shoulders.”

Place your hands underneath your shoulders on the ground, engage your abdominal muscles and extend your legs behind you placing your feet hip-width apart. Maintain this position for 1 minute before you rest.

Repeat: 4 times

Now change your arm position, this time supporting yourself with your elbows - placing them under your armpits. Engage your abdominal muscles and extend your legs behind you, positioning your feet hip-width apart. Your body should be lower to the ground than before.  Maintain this position for 1 minute before you rest.

Repeat: 4 times.

2. Curl ups with legs in ‘table top’

“Ideal for strengthening the upper and lower abdominal wall.”

Lie on the ground with both legs bent in ‘table top’ (90 degree) position. Place your hands at the base of your skull and inhale to prepare. Tighten your lower abdominals and as you exhale, gently move your chin towards your chest, peeling your head and shoulders off the ground. Inhale to return to the start position.

Repeat: 15 times (2 sets)

3. Curl up with feet on floor

“This one really works both upper and lower abdominals and oblique muscles.”

Lie on the ground with your knees bent and feet hip-width apart on the ground. Reach your hands up to the ceiling with one hand stacked on top of the other. Inhale to prepare, engage your abdominal muscles and exhale to lower your hands down and past your left hip. Inhale here then exhale as you reach further past your hip with 3 pulses. Return to the start position and do the same on your right side.  Continuing alternating sides with 3 pulses on each.

Repeat: 20 times (2 sets)

4. Roll ups 

“An amazing one for spinal articulation as well as the abdominal muscles”

Lie on your back with your arms long behind your head and your legs lying flat out on the ground in front if you. Inhale and raise your hands towards the ceiling at a 90 degree angle. Contract your abdominal muscles, exhale and lift your head and chest, rolling your spine off the ground up into a seated position with your legs still long. Inhale once seated upright and exhale to slowly roll the spine back down onto the floor one vertebra at a time.

Repeat: 15 times

Story by Madeleine Boyd.