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My name is Todd and this is Olivia.
Here in this video, we are showing you few leg stretches that should be done before any leg work.
First, the hip flexor stretch.
Left leg out in front. Squeeze your right butt cheek. If you cannot feel it try a fitball under your back foot to intensify your stretch. You will feel the stretch in the front of your back thigh.
Next, inner thigh stretch.
Put your left hand on your inner right knee and push away. This will stretch the inner thigh and groin muscle. Make sure you support your self with the opposite hand by placing it firmly on the ground. Do not push so hard that it hurts. Just hard enough to feel a stretch. This is a great stretch because having tight inner thigh and groin muscles makes your off balance with your squats.
The next leg stretch is called the pigeon.
Place your left leg in front and shin across your chest. Extend the right leg back behind you. This is an excellent stretch for tight glutes and ITB band. (The iliotibial tract or iliotibial band (also known as Maissiat’s bandor IT Band) is a longitudinal fibrous reinforcement of the fascia lata. The action of the ITB and its associated muscles is to extend, abduct, and laterally rotate the hip. In addition, the ITB contributes to lateral knee stabilisation. Source Iliotibial tract – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iliotibial_tract). This also stretches your lower back.
A variation of this is to walk your hands and chest over to your toes. This makes the stretch deeper. You can then walk your hands and chest in the opposite direction over your knee.
Try to hold all leg stretches for at least a minute. That will give you maximum benefits and help release tight muscles.
If you are interested in Pilates you can also watch our short Pilates sequence video by Todd and Olivia.
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