If you're on the road traveling and want a quick exercise to stretch and strengthen, practice the Bend Stretch Elbows with the flex band. We did the exercise, which targets the triceps and middle deltoids, in my Pilates class at the Ashland Yoga Studio this morning, and everyone gave it a thumbs up.
Seated on mat, pelvis and spine vertical with legs crossed or straight (sit on a pillow, large book or chair to sit up straight as possible). Place flex band around mid back, hands holding ends of band, elbows bent at sides.
- INHALE to prepare
- EXHALE maintain abdominal connection and reach arms out to sides, palms facing up.
- INHALE bend arms to return to starting position.
Complete 8-10 repetitions
Remember to start every workout with a warmup routine. Go to www.merrithew.com/warmup
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Leslie Hamp, STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor
*About STOTT PILATES®: This method is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. Co‑founders Moira and Lindsay G. Merrithew, along with a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, have spent more than two decades refining the STOTT PILATES® method of exercise and equipment. This resulted in the inclusion of modern principles of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation, making it one of the safest and effective methods available. This clear and detailed approach forms the basis for STOTT PILATES® training and certification programs. It’s used by rehab and prenatal clients, athletes, celebrities and everyone in between.