What Are Some Stretches to Do Before Doing a Leg Grab?
Before doing a leg grab, you should always try to do a few basic stretches so that you don't accidentally hurt yourself. Find out about stretches that you can do before doing a leg grab with help from a certified Pilates instructor in this free video clip.
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Hi, I'm Sarah from Pilates By Sarah Luna. I'm going to show you a few stretches to help you with your leg grab or your high kick. So, go ahead and grab the nearest Thera band strap or towel and lay down on your back, placing the towel at the bottom of your foot. Lay on your back, bring that leg up towards your face using the band to create more traction and more strength. So, use your arms to pull that leg closer to you. And the goal here is to stretch out the hamstrings. So, stay here, breathing in and out through the nose, try to release that muscle and create more flexibility. You want to hold this stretch for at least 30 seconds and maybe repeat it three times to really make sure you've stretched out that muscle well enough. Go ahead and switch to the other side, placing the band at the bottom of the foot and taking that leg up close to your chest, making sure the other leg is still down on the ground. So, after you've feel like you've gotten your hamstrings flexible, go ahead and come up and come into a lunge position. So, you're going to step the right foot forward and place both hands on either side of the foot. Take the left leg behind you and press your hips down towards the floor, going into a lunge. Hold this, tuck your pelvis under even more for more of a stretch and pull in on the abdominals. Hold this for 30 seconds and repeat three times. Go ahead and switch to the other side to make sure you're nice and even. Your last stretch is an inner thigh stretch. So, you're going to go into a sidewards lunge, turning both legs out, pressing both feet down on the floor. Shift your weight over to the right, having the hands either in front of you or behind you depending on where you want to keep your balance. Again, make sure your right knee is pushed out to the side and that your knee is tracing over your foot. Hold this position, pulling up in the torso for 30 seconds, repeat three times and go to the left, making sure that the knees are tracking over the toes and you feel a gentle stretch in your inner thigh. So, these three stretches are really great way to improve your high kick or your leg grab. But, make sure that you're warmed enough to do the stretches and to do the leg grab so that you don't pull anything. Enjoy these stretches and good luck!