Before we move on to the next exercise in the repertoire in our in depth how to’s, ‘Single Straight Leg’ (more commonly known as ‘Scissors’), let’s talk about the importance and benefits of keeping straight (and lifted) legs in our exercises.
We come across lifted straight legs for many different Pilates exercises, whether they are extended out to a high/low diagonal, or lengthened long towards to ceiling, however we are aware as Pilates instructors and human beings that sometimes we struggle to keep a solid form during exercise that our bodies aren’t normally used to.
For instance most people will need to bend the knees in toward the chest before extending the legs straight up/out and once they are in this position find it hard to keep stable without findings their legs beginning to wilt and their abdominals giving in to their lower back! Some might be in agony from pain in their quads!
So what is the problem here? Are the leg muscles too short? Too tight? Imbalanced?