Double leg stretch with elastic bands

Double Leg Stretch is a classic Pilates exercise that challenges the abdominals and increases your endurance and coordination.

Lie on your back with your knees to your chest and the elastic band around your feet. Keep your feet either in PILATES STANCE or closed together and parallel. Hold the elastic band with your hands, arms bent at elbows at the sides of your body. Keep your head and torso elevated at the level of the lower corner of the shoulder blade.
Inhale and extend your arms overhead and your legs to 45° in PILATES STANCE.
Exhale and return to the starting position.


  • Keep your torso stable and your head elevated
  • Avoid lowering your head and shoulders while bringing your  arms backwards
  • Open chest, shoulders away from your ears
  • Glide your shoulder blades towards pelvis
  • PH in and up
  • Keep your feet  in PILATES STANCE (or parallel closed) during the exercise. Tighten your glutes and adductors to support your lower back


Varvara Solomonidou,Wellness Specialist, Personal Trainer, Seminar & Conference Lecturer, Pilates Master Trainer “AthensTrainers® Ultimate Pilates System®”, Member of Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), Member of European Lifestyle Medicine Organization (ELMO), DNAFit® Certified Trainer, Fascial Fitness Trainer, General Manager & Owner of AthensTrainers®