Well, maybe not not quite. Pippa Middleton, hottie with a body or otherwise known as Kate Middleton’s sister, is creating a buzz in the Pilates world after announcing her devotion to Pilates. Although Kate looked simply beautiful sporting an Alexander McQueen creation, it was Pippa who got props for her hot bod, specifically her derriere.
After the Royal Wedding where Pippa revealed her stunning, toned, lean body to the world British plastic surgeons reported a 60% rise in butt lifting procedures. Pippa recently told the press that her famous booty is accredited to her Pilates practice. So forget going under the knife folks, and get yourself to your local studio! For the full scoop check out Pippa Middleton’s bum.
Here are a few of my favorite Pilates butt lifting exercises:
- Lie on your stomach with the legs straight and together.
- Keeping your shoulder blades settled in and down your back and your shoulders away from your ears, stretch your arms straight overhead. Back of the neck is long.
- Pull your navel up towards your spine giving support to your low back.
- Reaching out from center, extend your arms and legs so far in opposite directions that they naturally come up off the floor. At the same time, get so much length in your spine that your head moves up off the mat as an extension of the reach of your spine. Keep your face down toward the mat; don’t crease your neck.
- Continue to reach your arms and legs out very long from your center as you alternate right arm/left leg, then left arm/right leg, pumping them up and down in small pulses.
- Coordinate your breath with the movement so that you are breathing in for a count of 5 kicks and reaches, and out for a count of 5.
- Lie on your back in the neutral position with your arms out to the sides, right knee bent, left leg straight and raised a few inches off the floor. Pull your navel to spine so that your low abdominals engage.
- Lift your leg until it’s in line with your right thigh and push your hips upward, forming a straight line from shoulders to knees. Pause, then lower to start. Do all reps, then switch legs and repeat.