1. Great tips, thank you! I will put these to use this week in the studio…On the topic of finally figuring out long confounding exercises, it was Jay Grimes who finally got me doing tendon stretch correctly by telling me to straighten my legs (shortly after that Romana told me the same thing with leg circles – I guess my time had come. Since that ah ha moment, I’ve realized time and again just how important straight legs are for doing the exercises correctly. Here’s to keeping things on the straight and narrow in the coming year, it’s resolution time after all!

    • Thanks so much for reading, Eliza. It’s true I have heard Jay say that it is harder to get the long reach of the lower body if they legs are too bent.

      Years ago I worked in a studio that taught different levels of mat classes. At one point so many students that had been coming for years wanted to be in the advanced class, but some were not ready, despite their longtime practice. So to remedy the situation, some “guidelines” were developed to outline prerequisites for the advanced class. The one that I remember most, and what your comment reminded me of, was “In exercises where the legs are to be straight, your legs are straight.” 🙂

  2. This article came at a perfect time. Open leg rocker has been a big challenge for me due to my hamstring flexibility from an injury. I was actually thinking yesterday I need to figure out a good progression exercises to help me, which I have not tried tree and will do so!

    • Rachel,

      How lovely when things appear at the right time – glad I could be of help 🙂 Thank you so much for reading and sharing your comments – I would love to know how these exercises serve your Open Leg Rocker if you would like to share. Good Luck!

  3. Nice to have this reminder spelled out: thanks! Also, I’ve discovered that seated push through bar is very effective at assisting clients in finding the ab/lat connection necessary for Open Leg Rocker.

    • Thanks for that great addition Kelly! Yes, the Push thru on the Cadillac would be a great way to find the connection. Thank you so much for reading and for sharing your insights 🙂

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