What is "The Mermaid" in Pilates? And why is it a good exercise?

  1. Ari Lamstein profile image81
    Ari Lamsteinposted 7 years ago

    What is "The Mermaid" in Pilates?  And why is it a good exercise?


  2. Simone Smith profile image94
    Simone Smithposted 7 years ago

    The Mermaid, as well illustrated in the image you uploaded, is an excellent Pilates exercise for strengthening the core as well as getting some much needed rotation (which is somewhat sparse in most Pilates exercises).
    If you have trouble doing the traditional Mermaid, I recommend coming into that sideways trunk while resting on an elbow instead of a wrist.  It puts much less strain on the wrist, makes balancing easier, but still offers nice rotation and core work.