Monica's Favorite Pilates Mat Exercise: Double Leg Stretch
This is my favorite Pilates exercise because it targets so
many muscle groups. It strengthens the core, inner thighs and
lengthens the body. I also like that it can be modified in so
many ways, such as head up or down and with the knees bent or
extended. Give this fun and effective Pilates Double Leg Stretch exercise a try
and possibly add it your exercise program.
Starting Position: Lie
on your back with the upper body flexed off the mat. Pelvis and spine
are in an imprinted position. Legs are in tabletop position. Hands
are reaching toward the ankles and the shoulder blades
Exhale: Stabilize the shoulder blades and reach the arms overhead. Simultaneously extend the legs as low as imprint can be
Inhale:Maintain spinal flexion as the legs return to tabletop position and
the arms open around to the ankles.
Complete 5 to 10 repetitions.
- Keep abdominals flat throughout the exercise.
- Extend the legs only as low as pelvic stability can be
- Keep shoulders stabilized to avoid tension in the neck.