Single Thigh Stretch

Footbar position #4, pulleys cover #1, 1 spring

STARTING POSITION

Standing at one side of Reformer facing footbar, one knee resting on carriage, with foot against shoulder rest and hip extended. Other foot on floor slightly in front of pelvis, knee flexed slightly. Arms reaching overhead to hold same-side strap, elbows soft. Spine extended slightly with gaze upward.

EXERCISE
To prepare, inhale...
exhale   keep arms by ears and press both hands forward, reaching torso into one long line from back knee to head. Extend front knee, keeping back leg strong to press carriage out
inhale   flex front knee and lift upper body keeping hands overhead and slowly return the carriage with control

Complete 3 repetitions on each side.

ESSENCE

Target Muscles: transversus abdominis to compress abdomen and stabilize lumbo-pelvic region; deep pelvic floor to aid in firing transversus; obliques and multifidus to resist rotation; obliques to prevent overextension of lumbar; hip extensors of back leg to stabilize pelvis and to maintain and increase extension of hip; quadriceps of front leg to press carriage back; latissimus dorsi to maintain arm position overhead, scapular stabilizers

Stability: torso; back hip in extension; arms overhead

Mobility: back hip into extension

FOCUS
  • maintain extension of back hip and use front leg to press carriage back
  • keep torso in a long line and avoid extension
  • maintain position of arms overhead
V2 Max Plus
V2 MAX PLUS™ REFORMER*

Performing this exercise on the V2 Max Plus Reformer utilizes the second set of pulleys to provide support for the torso from overhead. This requires more stability of the shoulders and scapulae, but affords more length through the torso and a greater range of motion.

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June 2009

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