What if I can't sit up straight?

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Many Pilates exercises begin sitting upright with straight legs and a straight spine (e.g., Saw, Spine Twist, Open Leg Rocker).

If either the back of your legs (hamstrings) or your low back are tight, you may have a hard time getting into this position.

Since the focus of Pilates is always the Powerhouse, try for a straight spine first rather than straight legs.

To more easily sit up straight, you can bend the knees or elevate your hips by sitting on a phone book or a firm pillow.

Remember, it is always better to modify an exercise than to push through the exercise with bad form.

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I have really bad leg flexibility and can't straighten my legs for e.g open leg rocker: are there any workouts/videos that will help specifically with leg flexibility? I'm struggling to find one via search. Thanks!
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Katie ~ We have many classes that focus on stretching that may help you. Here is a list of all of our stretch classes. You can filter them even further depending on what equipment you have access to. I hope this helps!
Thanks Gia! I'll check those out! I think I need to get better at using the filters on search :)
Really useful for me - though I've been practising pilates for a couple of years now, I still can't seem to sit up straight if I'm stretching my legs. I don't know what's wrong with me, but it's always nice to remember that the most important part is the sitting up straight... the streched legs will have to wait!

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