Exercise #1804

Single Straight Leg Stretch

1 min - Exercise


Muscle Focus: Abdominals.

Objective: Strengthen abdominals and stabilize torso.

Start Position: Lie flat on your back, curl the head and shoulders off the Mat, and bring both knees into the chest. Extend both legs straight to the ceiling, place both hands onto the right ankle, and lower the left leg to 45 degrees.

Movement: Pulse the right leg towards the chest two times and scissor switch the legs, placing both hands on the left ankle and lowering the right leg to 45 degrees. Repeat.

Precautions: Ensure that the lower back does not arch and remains pressing towards the Mat. Torso should remain stable throughout. For stronger bodies, the lower leg can lower all the way to the Mat.
What You'll Need: Mat

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Jul 19, 2014
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Now we're going to take a look at the single straight leg stretch. So Christy will lift her head and chest up off the mat. She'll lift one of her legs and hold on about the ankle. This exercise is a challenging abdominal exercise, generally found in the series of five. So Christy will pull twice on her leg drawing in with her abdominals and also with her arm. She'll then switch legs pulling twice.

The opposite leg will hover down near the mat. To make the exercise slightly easier, you could make the range of motion smaller. What's critically important is that the back stays stable, the low back stays connected to the mat and the trunks. It maintains its stability. Additionally, to make the exercise more challenging, you could take the leg all the way down and press it into the ground using it as an anchor to pull against with the other leg. To finish a ring broke both legs back, bend your knees and place your feet down, and that's a single straight leg stretch.


Judith R
could you please do this to all the exercises, would be great...thanxs
Judith ~ Thank you for your comment. We are still adding more to our exercise library, but we hope you enjoy the ones we have on the site. You can find all of the exercises here.
Judith R
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Gia , gorgeous thank you so much
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Hi , Thank you so much for this wonderful program. I seem to be having a problem with the Single Straight Leg Stretch. I have watched it about 3 times but it will not show that I have viewed it. Can you help? Thank you.
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I’m having the same issue.  Four years later :) 
Kim F  and Kim F Christine H Sorry ladies.  Unfortunately, that is above my skill level.
Gia Calhoun can someone on the team help?
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Kim F ~ I'm so sorry to hear you are having trouble. Please email us at support@pilatesanytime.com and we can help you.
Christine H you can email support@pilatesanytime.com and they will help you.
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Thank you Meredith.

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