How to Do Mat Pilates Exercises : Warming Up for Double Leg Pilates Stretch

How to Do Mat Pilates Exercises : Warming Up for Double Leg Pilates Stretch


I’m going to be teaching you the Double Leg
Stretch from the Abdominal Series of Five from the beginner mat work. To prepare for
this exercise, we’re on the floor, on your back. Knees up, feet down on the floor. This
is a great abdominal strengthening exercise. It helps to coordinate the breath and the
length of your body and then compress it all in and then get all the breath out, using
your abdominals. To prepare for this exercise all I want you to do is bring your knees into
your chest. And then inhale and lengthen the legs out and exhale and bring them back into
your chest. Keeping the Abs tight so that your back doesn’t come off the floor. Inhaling,
bring the legs to forty-five degrees. Holding the seat tight, pulling the legs into your
centerline and exhale and pull those knees back in. Again, you’re keeping your back on
the mat and you?re only going out as far as your powerhouse can keep you stable. Inhaling,
lengthen, lengthening the legs, reaching out and then exhale. And pulling in and that?s
how we prepare for the “Double Leg Stretch”.