Pulling Straps is a great Pilates core stabilization exercise that strengthens and defines the muscles of the back arms/shoulders and abs. To do this exercise with the best results, you'll want to do the following:
1.) Anchor your band to a stationary object slightly higher then chest height.
2.) Take a few steps back with a band handle in each hand. Remember, no slack in your band.
3.) Stand with your feet about hip width apart with toes pointing forward. Squeeze your butt, pull your belly button in and away from the waist band of your pants.
4.) Maintain the butt and ab contraction as you hing forward from your hips.
5.) While keeping your core tight, draw your shoulder blades down and together. You should feel a slight stretch in your chest.
6.) Reach your arms out to the side like a "T" ( bring them in line with your shoulders).
7.) Maintain this total core contraction as you sweep your arms back towards each other ( palms facing each other)then back out to the sides.
8.) Avoid the "forward slouch". Keep your spine and neck lengthened as you complete the exercise slowly.
We Recommend: 3 Sets of 20-30 reps.
A fitness junkie from birth, Michele was destined to make exercise and healthy living her life's passion. For over 25 years, Michele has motivated many as a personal trainer, healed hundreds as a massage therapist, transformed thousands as a Pilates instructor, captivated countless as a Kettlebell competitor/coach and soothed the souls of several as a Birthing Doula. With an eye toward adventure and a lust for travel and all things active, Michele can't wait to take on the next 20 years.