Feet-in-straps is one of our favorite exercises – and one of our most requested! The integration of feet-in-strap exercises in reformer pilates is a fantastic way to support the legs, relieve tension in the hamstrings and hip flexors, and build core strength. What’s not to love?
Feet-in-straps exercises are important because of the way that they target a multiple muscle groups through different variations. The body is not a series of individual components – it’s a complex system of interconnected units that work together. Many of our critical muscle groups connect with the hips, and any imbalance in these groups can have a significant effect on other parts of the body. Alongside daily wear and tear, office lifestyles that revolve around sedentary positions can lead to tight hip flexors and weak hip extensors.
Like many of our exercises, feet-in-straps focuses on stability and precision, bringing our clients into a deeper state of concentration and awareness of their body. The work we do in these positions helps to create balance in the body, which builds strength while preventing common aches and pains.
A Clear Crowd Favorite
Our clients love feet-in-straps, and it’s definitely an all-star exercise series. As such an efficient, effective way to target multiple muscle groups, we often start or end our classes with a 7-10 minute foot-in-straps session that goes through 4-6 different exercises.
The feet-in-straps variations on our Allegra II Reformer both challenge and support muscle groups. Our clients often experience a number of benefits, including:
- Reduced hamstring tension
- Release in the hip flexors
- Increased stability
- Reduced lower back pain
- Improved strength in the glutes
- Activation of the core and abdominal muscles
- Improved muscle tone of the inner thighs
- Stabilized pelvis
Over time, our clients see increased mobility in the hips and strength in the glutes, so the hamstrings don’t have to work so hard throughout the day. Furthermore, foot-in-straps exercises like leg circles help stabilize the lower back and pelvic. These results can also alleviate back pain which is often caused by imbalances elsewhere in the body.
Experience the magic for yourself!
Feet-in-straps exercises are a staple here at RTR Pilates, and we frequently feature this exercise series in order to maximize the benefits for our clients.
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