The Pilatesology Encyclopedia

Goals & Benefits

  • The fourth of the stomach series provides a greater challenge to the abdominal muscles.
  • Strengthens and lengthens the leg muscles.
  • The weight of both legs is controlled by the seat and abdominal muscles.
  • Challenges the stabilization of the pelvis.

Tips & Cues

  • Do not allow the back to arch off the mat when extending the legs.
  • Squeeze the inner thighs and glutes as the legs extend.
  • Keep the shoulders lifted as the legs lower by holding the weight of the head with the abdominal muscles.
  • The accent is on the lift of the legs.