Props like this Pilates ring can help spice up your workout by challenging muscles in new ways. To add intensity to your obliques (side abdominal muscles) and adductors (inner thigh muscles), try this new move.
Sit upright on a mat or a padded, level surface with your feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart, and your knees bent. Place a Pilates ring between your thighs, just above your knees, and gently squeeze the ring with your inner thigh muscles. On an exhalation, contract your abdominals, bringing your navel to the spine, and lean back slightly. Remember to keep your abdominals firm and your chest lifted. Straighten your arms in front of your chest. Inhale and pause in this position.
Voight is the creator of a line of fitness DVDs, including "Full Body Stretch" and "Ballet BodySculpt."