The Double Leg Stretch is an abdominal endurance exercise that develops movement control, strength, and coordination in the body. The exercise relies on abdominal endurance to keep the thoracic spine in flexion as you take your arms and legs away from the centre of the body.
The movement starts with an exhale to get the body into the flexed ‘chest lift’ position. Create a strong connection with your arms and the legs to really get into a deep flexed position. Notice when you increase the connection between the arms and legs this will increase your abdominal connection and work the abdominal muscles a little deeper.
Continue the movement with an inhale to extend both the arms and legs in opposition. The challenge of the exercise is to keep the spine in the deep flexion as you lengthen the arms and legs.
This is a challenging exercise, so ensure you only attempt it if you have sufficiently developed strength and body awareness to practise this exercise safely. If you have osteoporosis, thoracic disc pathologies or if you’re pregnant this exercise is not suitable for you. If this exercise is suitable for you, ask your instructor to teach it to you, so you can add it into your home exercise program and strengthen your abdominals!
Double Leg Stretch – Exercise Benefits:
- Improve lumbar-pelvic stability and core control
- Deep abdominal strength and endurance
- Dissociation and co-ordination of the shoulders and hips
- Improve neck and head control
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