Lunging on the back heavy end of the reformer helps improve hip flexor flexibility as well as a lunge facing the front. This exercise stretches the iliopsoas (iliacus and psoas), sartorius, and rectus femoris. Stretch the hamstrings and abdominals (in some variations). Create balance in the muscles around the pelvis. Learn to recruit the hamstrings (instead of the quadriceps and gluteal muscles) to extend the leg and hip. Improve back extensor control. Develop hamstring and hip flexor control.
Lunge on the #reformer is a lovely exercise!
Today I played with arm positions and spinal flexion. ▪keep pelvis square and level, allow for some lumbar extension as you press the carriage back, knee down
▪reach the femurs away from each other and flex the knee and hip of the stabilising leg
▪for each arm position also practice softening into upper thoracic flexion
▪imagine sliding your bra strap up the wall and opening the back of the rib cage
Feel how the flexed position limits your range and really gets deep into the hip? Preventing that "sharing" of movement through the length of the spine isolates the extension more effectively into the hip joints. Maintain that limited range for a move that doesn't stress or strain hip tissues and then your next full range lunge will feel like a magical unicorn of flow-y goodness! 🦄🦄🦄🦄💞💖💕