One of my favorites things about Pilates homework is getting to do some delicious stretches. The Developé is one of my favorite Pilates exercises. It’s an intermediate level exercise because of the coordination required and the core strength necessary to keep your spine supported with one moving leg. Once you start to use the correct muscles – at the right time – you find a flow that is so satisfying. It’s a full body stretch and roll that feels like a full body yawn.
Here’s what the Developé exercise for Pilates Reformer looks like:
Start by placing your right toes on the footbar and your left leg extended out to a 45° angle – toes pointed.
As you push your right leg out to straight, bend your left leg to move through bicycle before extending the left leg straight up to the ceiling.
Keeping both legs straight, drop your left leg down to tap the foot bar before raising that leg back up to the ceiling.
Stay here. Flex both feet – dropping your right heel under the footbar. Point both feet.
Bend your right knee to control the return of the carriage as your left knee bends to move through bicycle before extending back out to your starting position at 45°.
Here’s what that looks like all together:
What to Know
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