Toning, low-impact, intermediate-level, ab-focused Pilates workout by Blogilates

Length: 7 min 31 sec

Day 6 of the 100 Ab Challenge, in which you do 50 candlestick dippers in a row on each side.

Included Features

Warmup No Equipment needed

Yoga mat (optional)



Space needed

Width of a yoga mat

Beginner Modifications


Apartment friendly?


Advanced Modifications


Shoes needed?



Sweat Level sweat dropx2 Fun Level happy facex2
Burn Level flamex3 Soreness Level ouchx5
Torture Level dying facex3 Ease of Following thumbs upx5

Candlestick dippers have two variations: a “beginner” and an advanced, and there’s a big difference between the two! The advanced version sort of requires you to already have strong obliques; otherwise you might strain yourself. For me, the beginner version was best because I could feel my muscles struggling with the advanced.

The beginner version is pretty easy, but it still burns pretty badly. I didn’t feel like I was dying, but I definitely felt it. I can’t imagine how much it would hurt to do the advanced version! Considering how sore I was after doing the beginner version, I probably wouldn’t be able to move the next day if I did the advanced!

Because it’s high rep and it burns, I ranked this workout at an intermediate level, but beginners can do it if they go carefully and pace themselves. Either way this is a pretty intense workout, so prepare to feel the burn!

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