Pilates Stretch Band Exercises for Legs : Pilates Stretch Band Exercises: Hamstring Stretch

Pilates Stretch Band Exercises for Legs : Pilates Stretch Band Exercises: Hamstring Stretch


This is a stretch that is designed to increase
your flexibility in many directions of your leg. Go ahead and take the band and bring
it around one foot. Inhale and then exhale curl down and bring that leg up. It is up
to you as to whether the other leg is bent or straight, depending on what is more comfortable
for your back. You are going to take a nice inhale and exhale pull that leg as close to
you as you can. Inhale bend the knee, exhale, flex up, inhale bend, exhale up. So your knee
is coming right into the chest. Inhale, bend the knee. The foot is not coming down like
this, exhale up. After you’ve done that go ahead and point and flex, and point and flex,
feeling that stretch all the way up the back of your leg. Inhale and try and pull that
leg a little bit closer to your body. The next part of this exercise is to bring the
leg over in the direction of the opposite shoulder. Take a nice inhale, bend that knee,
kind of coming at a diagonal, exhale, push that knee at a diagonal, inhale bend in, again
the foot is not coming down it is staying where it is, exhale out, inhale in, bring
that foot out and point and flex and point and flex, one more time point and flex. Inhale
and try and bring that leg a little closer to your shoulder. The last piece of this exercise
is to try and bring that leg all the way out to the side. Again we are going to inhale
bend the knee in and try and get that knee right under your arm, exhale and push the
heel out, inhale bend, notice when I bend I’m not dropping that heel, exhale out, inhale
bend, exhale out and then we’ll point and flex, point, flex, point and flex, trying
to bring that leg a little closer and back to center and go to the other side and what
you’ll notice when you are finished your leg feels a lot lighter.

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