This exercise stretches the hip flexor muscles while strengthening core muscles as well as the muscles of the standing leg.
- Standing leg is engaged from toes to gluteals as the other leg reaches back into a split. Upper body lifts up with abdominals pulled in. As the split gets bigger the standing leg bends. Weight of the body should be centered between both legs.
- To return, lift through the torso, reaching out through the top of the head and pull both inner thighs toward each other.
Do 12 reps on each leg.