Activate your glutes, quads, hamstrings, inner thighs and calves with Week 2 of the At Home Reformer Challenge!
Every day on Instagram, we’re posting a new STOTT PILATES® Essential or Intermediate exercise that you can do on your Merrithew® Reformer. Each week we’ll be targeting a different area of the body, so by the end of the month, you’ll have an entire full-body Reformer workout that you can do at home anytime.
For those who are new to Reformer Pilates, try completing 6 reps of each exercise. If you want to challenge yourself and increase the intensity, complete 8-10 reps, and if you’re an advanced practitioner, aim for 12-15 reps.
For Week 2, we focused on the legs. Here’s a recap of the whole workout.
1. Second Position Parallel
Starting position: Supine on carriage. Heels on footbar, hip-distance apart and parallel.
Movement: Push carriage out, extending the knees. Return.
2. Footwork Lower & Lift
Starting position: Supine on carriage. Toes and balls of feet on footbar, hip-distance apart and parallel.
Movement: Drop both heels down. Lift.
3. Bend & Stretch Lateral Rotation
Starting position: Supine on carriage. Feet in straps. Knees flexed and in turn out position (heels together, knees apart).
Movement: Push into feet extending the knees. Return.
4. Hamstring Curls
Starting position: Prone on box facing the footbar. Feet in straps. Knees flexed and in turn out position (heels together, knees apart).
Movement: Flex knees pulling feet close to seat. Return.
5. Leg Circles
Starting position: Supine on carriage. Feet in straps. Legs straight on diagonal, in turn out position.
Movement: Lift legs and then open and circle around. Reverse.
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