The Double Leg Stretch is an essential Pilates exercise for beginners. You can learn by following along with the visual demonstration provided in the accompanying video and by reading the step-by-step instructions below.
This exercise is performed lying on your back on an exercise mat. To prep for it, put your hands behind your head and your legs up in tabletop position. Curl your body up to lift your shoulder blades up and off the mat.
- To actually perform the Double Leg Stretch, inhale to stretch your legs away from you, keeping your legs squeezed together and your toes pointed. Don't lose the connection in your abdominals.
- Exhale to pull your legs back into the Tabletop position.
Repeat as many times as you like and lower your head and legs back down to the mat to rest. This is the basic Double Leg Stretch, but you can add a coordination element with the following variation. This one is a bit more challenging, so it's a good idea to watch the video for a visual instruction.
Prep by bringing your legs back up to Tabletop.
- Nod your chin as you curl up and reach for your ankles.
- Bend your arms by your ears and inhale as you stretch your arms and legs away from each other, being careful not to lower the body down.
- Exhale, and circle your arms around, reaching for your legs as you bring your legs back to tabletop.
Repeat several times, making sure to keep your abs in. If you don't keep your abdominals in, you'll feel your back start to arch.