Exercise of the Month: Bend & Stretch with Flex-Band®

Targets abs, quadriceps & hip extensors


  • Lying on your back on an exercise mat – imprinted position and abdominals engaged. Both legs are lifted with knees bent and the Flex‑Band wrapped around the balls of your feet. Hands are holding the Flex-Band with elbows bent at your sides.


  • INHALE Prepare.
  • EXHALE Maintain abdominal engagement and straighten legs up toward the ceiling. Keep your torso stable and do not let your back arch off the mat.
  • INHALE Keeping your torso stable, bend your knees to return to the starting position.

    Complete 8-10 repetitions

Remember to start your workout with a warmup routine. Go to

This exercise is an excerpt from the Easy Start Poster included FREE with the purchase of any Flex-Band Power Pack.

Find more exercises in the STOTT PILATES Manual Library comprised of over 10 titles that document the entire STOTT PILATES exercise repertoire.


CAUTION: Please note the following important cautions before attempting STOTT PILATES exercises. Consult with your doctor before beginning this or any other exercise program, as not all exercises are suitable for everyone. This or any other exercise program may result in injury.

If you experience pain or discomfort during exercise, stop immediately and consult your doctor. To reduce risk of injury, never force or strain during exercise.

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