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wikiHow to Do the Single Leg Stretch in Pilates

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This medium-intensity exercise relieves tension and strengthens the legs, arms and back.

Getting in the Starting Position

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    Lie down on your back on the mat, and extend your right leg completely, toes pointing away from the mat. Stretch your left leg so it is at a 90 degree angle with your body. Elevate your head, reach for your left leg with your right hand and hold onto your calf.

Performing the Exercise

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    Pull your left leg toward your body and inhale twice.
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    Exhale and repeat the exercise with the other leg lifted. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.


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    Do 4 repetitions of this exercise per set. Repeat until you've completed 10 sets.
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    For faster results, increase the number of sets/times per week you do this exercise.

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    • The benefits of these exercises are increased strength and flexibility in your arms, back, legs and abdominals.


    • Potential injuries may be incurred if this exercise is performed incorrectly.
    • Those with poor balance should be careful when performing this exercise.

    Things You Need

    • Pilates mat

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