In Pilates, the feet in straps exercise is prominent in almost every workout.  This exercise really focuses on the abdominals, inner thighs, and hamstrings.  While you are working towards strengthening and stabilizing the abdominals, your legs are supported in the straps, taking any additional pressure off the legs.  This allows the body to really work on abdominal activation and pelvic stability.

At Core Reform, we tend to end group classes with this exercise.  Why we do so is because it’s a great way to center the body after a full-body workout.  Since the legs are supported in the straps, the weight of your legs is lifted, giving you the opportunity to really focus on your core – while simultaneously stretching the legs. It’s a perfect combination of stabilizing and stretching, which just feels so good after a full Pilates class.