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Leg Circles – Feet In Straps Pilates Reformer

Want to practice your leg circles on your Align-Pilates reformer using feet in straps? Follow along with this video by Align-Pilates X Mbodies to build up your confidence on the reformer whether you are teaching or for your own practice. For spring tension and footbar height as well as technique, please refer to slide before each exercise below. Great for reformer beginners to learn the basics & technique.

Leg Circles challenge the core abdominals, hip flexors as well as front and back of thighs (hamstrings & glutes) and then the adductor muscles to keep the legs together. Because we are circling rather than lifting up and down, the the exercise takes the legs outside the body’s centre of gravity and so challenges control of the pelvis as well as coordination and movement (motor control).

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– 00:09 ‘Leg Circles’
– 01:13 ‘Leg Circles’ Feet Turned In
– 01:31 ‘Leg Circles Together’ Feet Pointed
– 03:45 ‘Leg Circles Together’ Feet Dorsi Flexed
– 04:46 ‘Leg Circles Apart’ Feet Pointed
– 05:46 ‘Leg Circles Apart’ Feet Dorsi Flexed
– 05:46 ‘Leg Circles Apart’ Higher Than 45 Degrees
– 07:44 ‘Leg Circles Apart’ Lower Than 45 Degrees
– 08:37 ‘Leg Circles Apart’ Large Circles

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Voice over by Loraine Prokopiou: Loraine qualified as a physiotherapist in 1995 and became interested in Pilates whilst doing a postgraduate muscle balance course. Loraine is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and an Advanced Level 3 Instructor on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). She also has a Master of Science degree in Applied Human Science. Loraine worked for the NHS as an outpatient physiotherapist for 16 years. As well as teaching for Mbodies Training Academy Loraine also now combines physiotherapy and Pilates on a private basis.

This exercise is taught on the Mbodies Reformer Instructor education.
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