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Pilates Move: Leg Pull Back

Here is a Pilates move to work your entire being – abs, arms, core, hip flexors, and legs – called the Leg Pull Back (or Leg Pull Up). It is challenging and fun and a whole new take on the plank because here your back is to the ground. How's that for turning the move inside out.

Here's how you do Leg Pull Back:

Reverse Plank

  • Start by sitting with legs out in front of you, heels together, spine long and palms by your pelvis with finger tips forward.
  • Lift pelvis off the ground, until your body forms a long line from the shoulders to the feet. Go ahead and point those toes.
  • Feel inner thighs squeeze toward one another, with abs pulling toward spine.
With Kick

  • Keeping your plank stable, inhale and kick your right leg up as high as you can, without breaking at your waist.
  • Pressing your left leg into the floor with help keep you stable.
  • Exhale, flex through your foot and slowly lower your right leg reaching through your heel.
  • Repeat kick with the left leg. Repeat each side three more times for four sets.

Remember to keep your chest open, shoulders down, and neck long — don't sink into your shoulders. If this feels hard on your wrists, lower yourself pelvis down between sets.

Join The Conversation
hoosiergirl98 hoosiergirl98 9 years
Just did this in my class on Tuesday...only I didn't look like the picture :)
Feesje Feesje 9 years
I love Pilates. It has completely changed the shape of my body. And this is a great exercise, but not if you have an ankle injury, so I've learned. :(
Fitness Fitness 9 years
Cahill- Pilates is not cardio so you don't burn a ton of calories, but it is a great way to strength train. It really works your core, abs and entire body and many exercise have stretching components built into the moves.
cahill cahill 9 years
is pilates similar to yoga? does it actually burn calories or is it more for balance and strength?
rpenner rpenner 9 years
Wow, this sounds outstanding! Can't wait to try it!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Fab!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Pilates is my addiction!
luvofashion luvofashion 9 years
well have to try this one, am NEW to pilates!
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