I did a 3-minute hollow hold every day for a week — here’s what happened to my abs

One of my least favorite moves when it comes to my Pilates classes? The hollow hold. This one sounds relatively simple — sitting on your seat bones with your arms and legs raised, but is an isometric exercise with a lot of bang for its buck, and it really works the core hard. 

Like a lot of the best Pilates ab exercises, the hollow hold strengthens the abdominal muscles while also working the lower back muscles. When done correctly, the hollow hold works the transverse abdominis (the deepest core muscles), the rectus abdominis (the outer ‘six-pack’ muscles), and the obliques, as well as the erector spinae, the hip flexors, quads, and inner thighs. To find out more and really drill down into the exercise, I did a three-minute hollow hold every day for a week — read on to find out what happened. 

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