Seated with Straight Leg Exercises on the Toe Corrector
Pilates Toe Corrector exercises are some of the fun exercises you can do anywhere. You can do them during a Pilates session or while you’re at home or on the road. This seated version with straight legs is slightly more difficult than the same exercises while sitting with bent knees. You may want to learn how to do these seated with bent knees and then, when you feel confident, straighten your legs. Especially, if you have tighter hip flexors or a tighter lower back. While these exercises focus on the toes they help you connect to your center.
Maintain energy through your legs, knees soft and keep your toes long.
There are several variations with the Toe Corrector you can play with. Try all of these or just do one or two. The key is to use your outer hips and center and not do these exercises with your knees. Sit tall with legs straight out in front of you. Place the Toe Corrector on your big toes. Flex your ankles but keep your toes pointing straight up. It’s super easy to flex the toes when you flex the ankles. Lift your lower back, open your chest, head on top of your shoulders. And while legs are straight knees are not locked.
Fan: Without changing anything in your set up reach the balls of your feet out while keeping the heels, knees, thighs exactly where they are. It’s almost like you’re making a ‘V’ with your feet. Close the spring and repeat again. Maintain all the toes pointing up. Notice if one foot flexes more than another.
Circles: Draw circles with your feet. Make sure you go in both directions. Try to get each toe through the circle so it’s not a foot exercise, it’s a toe movement. Reverse directions. You can also move the loops from the big toes to the 2nd toes if you want.
Bow and Arrow: Bend one knee, flex the foot and have the loop on your big toe. The other leg remains straight ankle starts flexed. Point the toe of your straight leg and try to reach for the floor. Return back to start and repeat. Then switch sides.