Pilates Stretch Exercises

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Pilates stretch exercises make the basics of what Pilates is all about. Use the techniques presented in this free video from a certified Pilates instructor to get fit.

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Hi, I'm Amy Newman, fitness expert, creator of the Perfect 10 workout, and I'm going to show you some Pilates stretch movements that you can add to your Pilates workout. We're going to start off kind of simple and sit in a crossed leg position. You can reach your arms around, taking in a deep breath, stretching up, bringing your ribcage out and around. Reach your hands out, and just relax in front, breathing deep into your body. Slowly roll back up, switch legs. This is going to be good for your hips and your knees and your ankles. Bring your arms back around. Deep breath, inhaling, then exhale. Stretch out. Opening up those hips, stretching them nice and easy. Not forcing. Roll up. Do that a few times until you feel okay. Bring your feet together. Sit up nice and tall and start to stretch your knees down towards the floor, breathing. As your knees come down, you want to lift up, lengthening. Lengthen. Hold your knees down, and bring your head back. Chin up. Slowly rotate your head around as you bring your head to your chest. Round out your back, squeezing your abdominals, exhaling. Inhaling as you come back. And then stretching that neck going in the other direction, exhaling, rounding out, squeezing your abdominals right here, also stretching the back, of course the hips, and bring it back. Now bring your forehead down to your chest, round out, tucking your tailbone under. Elbows are straight first, then bend them and bring them in front of your legs, bringing your forehead down towards your toes. Breathe deep into your body. Slide your arms out. Stretch down. Try to relax. Release your shoulders and neck. Breathe deep. Lift up, bring your arms around. You can sit into a straddle after that, as your hips are nice and warmed up, and reach over, exhaling. Lifting up, inhaling. And stretching to the other side, exhale. Lift up, inhale. There's a variety of ways you can stretch. You can bring the arrow back like an archer, inhale. Then reach through the center, exhale. Pull an arrow back, inhale. Reach through the center, stretching, exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Stretch both arms out, go from there to a twist. Opposite hand to foot, exhale. Lift up, twist. Other side. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale and the final little thing we're going to do is go from foot to foot. Back one comes up, then to the other foot. Opposite hand to foot, exhale. Inhale. Exhale other side. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. And those are some great stretches you can do in your Pilates workout.


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