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Press & Stretch – Feet In Straps Pilates Reformer

Looking to perfect your leg press and add different variations 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.

The purpose of Press & Stretch exercises is to maintain or develop Pelvic Stability by isolating movement to the hip joints which develops improved mobility in both hip flexion and hip extension. The exercise targets transverses abdominis muscle as the abs compress – the obliques work concentrically to pin the sacrum to the carriage whilst multifidus prevents pelvic rotation. The adductor muscles are working to keep the legs together whilst the hip flexors and extensors work the lift and lower.

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– 00:10 ‘Straight Leg Press’ Feet Dorsi Flexed
– 01:20 ‘Straight Leg Press’ Feet Pointed
– 02:19 ‘V Stretch’ Feet Pointed
– 03:38 ‘V Stretch’ Feet Dorsi Flexed

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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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