Pulling Straps is a great Pilates core stabilization exercise that strengthens and defines the muscles of the back arms/shoulders and abs. To do the exercise you 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 with no slack in your band.
3.) Stand with your feet about hip width apart, 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" ( the height of your shoulders).
7.) Maintain this total core contraction as you sweep your arms back towards each other ( palms facing each other).
8.) Avoid the "forward slouch". Keep your spine and neck lengthened as you complete the exercise slowly.
Recommendation: 3 Sets of 20-30 reps.
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