Mix-and-Match Pilates Moves for a Strong, Sleek Body

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Credit: Jay Sullivan

Upper body: Balance with curl and press

Stand with feet together, toes pointing directly ahead, arms by your sides, and a 5- to 8-pound dumbbell in each hand (palms out to sides). Shift weight to left leg as you bend your right knee, lifting leg until thigh is parallel to floor. (Too tough? Just touch right foot to left ankle.)

Keeping upper arms close to your body, curl weights up toward outsides of your shoulders. Then, keeping shoulders down and neck long, turn palms out and circle arms up overhead so they frame your face. Reverse motions to return to starting position with leg raised. Do 10 reps, then switch sides and repeat.

Next: Upper body: Biceps with front balance