Double Leg Stretch

What is a Double Leg Stretch?

The Double Leg Stretch is a classic Pilates mat exercise that targets the core. It uses the extension of the arms and legs as a weighted challenge for the abdominals. The exercise also helps build endurance and coordination for the whole body.

How do you do a Double Leg Stretch?

  • Step 1

    Start by lying on your back with your knees raised perpendicular to the floor and your chest slightly raised. Move your hands to the outer sides of your calves.

  • Step 2

    Extend both legs straight out, slightly lowering them toward the mat while maintaining your back positioning.

  • Step 3

    Inhale to prepare, then exhale to stabilize your abdominals as you reach your arms overhead behind you. Inhale and flex your knees back to the starting position and circle your arms back to your knees.

How do you modify a Double Leg Stretch?

  • Double Leg Stretch for Beginners

  • Advanced Double Leg Stretch

  • Double Leg Stretch for Weak Lower Back

  • Double Leg Stretch for Tight Hips

What are the benefits of a Double Leg Stretch?

  • Core Strength

  • Leg Strength

  • Full-body Strength

Expert opinion

A great tip for maintaining the ab curl against the weight of the arms and legs is to keep your eye-line between the knees, keeping tension out of the neck muscles.

Always look where you are going, eyes to the thighs.

Emma-Kate Miller,Body Mason in Toronto

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