Advanced Pilates – Push Up with a Leg Raise

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Fitness professional Dori Markakos demonstrates the advanced pilates push up with a leg raise.

    Dori Markakos

    Dori is an experienced fitness professional whose love of fitness began in grade school with her love of dance and ballet. She’s danced classical ballet since she was 5. As her interest in fitness grew, she began experimenting with all varieties of group fitness and weight lifting. Dori went the practical route to college and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a specialization in Marketing from the University of Virginia’s School of Commerce, but not before receiving her fitness instructor certification in her spare time. After college, Dori went to work for Environmental Design & Construction, LLC (EDC) where she is presently the Controller. In this position, Dori serves as the company’s chief business officer. But, Dori’s heart is in the field of fitness. Dori maintains her certifications and puts them to work as a personal trainer, spinning and Pilates (mat and reformer) instructor. As part of her career development, Dori also received specialty training in pre and post natal fitness, with a specialization in pre/post natal Pilates. Dori currently works with clients as Pilates instructor, while keeping up with her own workouts. She’s run multiple marathons and is an accomplished triathlete having run numerous triathlons as well having completed the Ironman Triathlon. Dori resides in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Peter and daughter Mia.

    Hi. I am Dory. This is Advanced Pilates. I am going to show you how to do a full push up with the leg raise. So, go ahead and seat yourself towards the back of the mat, walk your hands forward and were essentially going to get it to a full push up position. So, what I want you to think about is to have your hands dropped just below your shoulders, both legs are going to be extended out behind you and I dont want your hips dropped or your hips popped up either way nice straight back, inhale and exhale. You're going to lift the right leg, keeping your hips in alignment, you're going to take it down and push up, inhale and exhale lower and lift; one more on this side, lower and lift.

    Right leg comes down, check your alignment, lift the left leg just three on this side inhale and exhale all the way down and push up two more; lower and lift; last one lower and lift. Realign yourself right back here to center and hold it, hold the push up position and just three straight ones, lower and lift, lower and lift; last one, all the way down, all the way up. Drop to your knees for childs pose stretch and take a little stretch, you deserve it, inhale and exhale, go ahead and sit up and lets move on.