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Published January 2, 2018

Next up is the Longstretch.

This is good for

Developing abdominal strength and trunk stability, strengthening and stabilising the shoulders. This is a great exercise for our intermediate students as it provides challenge while requiring good body awareness and core strength.

How to do Longstretch

Longstretch start Pilates Can
  • In plank position, inhale to bring carriage to stopper, body moving forward over footbar
Longstretch mid Pilates Can
  • Exhale press body back to start position.
  • Maintain plank position throughout – do not let your bottom lift or sink!
  • Keep abs drawing in and up.

Things to focus on 

Keep your shoulders down and wide throughout this exercise. Maintain a long line from the top of the head to the heels. Avoid lifting/lowering the hips as you move the carriage in and out.


  • Maintaining the long position while moving the carriage back and forward is a good challenge for the shoulders and abs!

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About the author 

Claire Gunther is a PAA Principal Level Pilates Instructor with over 20 years and 20k+ hours of professional Pilates delivery experience.


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