Knee Stretches, Round Back – on the Reformer

Targets rectus abdominis, obliques, hip extensors and flexors, quadriceps


  • Kneel on Reformer carriage with feet against shoulder rests, heels of hands on footbar, shoulder-distance apart. Spine flexed and back of pelvis hovering over feet.


  • EXHALE to prepare
  • INHALE Stabilize torso and arms, and extend hips and knees to move the carriage out as far as possible without changing spine or pelvis.  
  • EXHALE Keep spine flexed and flex hips and knees to return carriage.

    Complete 10 repetitions

Remember to start your workout with a warmup routine.
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This exercise is an excerpt from the Intermediate Reformer, 2nd Ed. Manual.

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