Single Leg Stretch

What is a Single Leg Stretch?

The Single Leg Stretch is an original Pilates movement that occurs in the “stomach series” of a mat Pilates sequence. It strengthens the core and promotes a stretch of the back of the leg and hip flexor using a fluid, controlled motion. Remember to keep your belly button into your spine and your back pressed into the floor to get maximum benefits from this move.

How do you do a Single Leg Stretch?

  • Step 1

    Lie flat on your back. Curl your head and shoulders off the mat and bring both knees into your chest. Keep your chin tucked and gaze at your abdominals.

  • Step 2

    Extend your right leg out straight, approximately 45 degrees from the mat. Hold onto your bent leg, your outside hand on your knee and your inside hand on your ankle.

  • Step 3

    Switch legs, bending your right leg to a 90 degree angle and extending your left leg to 45 degrees off the mat. Repeat the movement, alternating sides.

How do you modify a Single Leg Stretch?

  • Single Leg Stretch for Prenatal

  • Single Leg Stretch for Beginners

  • Advanced Single Leg Stretch

  • Single Leg Stretch for Weak Shoulders

What are the benefits of a Single Leg Stretch?

  • Core Strength

  • Leg Stretch

  • Full Body Stretch

Expert opinion

This can be part of great series of classic mat exercises on the box in a Pilates reformer class.
Cricket Wardein,Mighty Pilates in Santa Monica

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