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Stretches for PlumBand

For such a simple and compact item, the PlumBand enables a surprising breadth and depth of stretch and strength training. The stretches below will give you a start, but really the limit is your own ingenuity. Let us know how these stretches work for you. And if you invent your own, tell us about it using the hashtag #dancewithplum.

Stretch #1: Seated Leg

Seated Leg stretch
Sit with both legs straight in front of you, loop your PlumBand around your body and through itself (A), then make the band snug around your waist. Bend the knee of the leg you are stretching and place the loose end of the band around the arch of that foot. Extend the leg until straight and lift it up while leaning back and supporting yourself with your arms.

Stretch #2: Seated Leg

Seated Leg stretch
Prepare and position yourself as you would for Seated Leg (stretch no. 1), then continue lying back with your leg straight up in front of you. Allow your PlumBand to pull your leg back and down to stretch and hold for 10–15 seconds. To increase the stretch, grasp the band with your hands and gently pull towards your chest.

Stretch #3: Foot

Foot stretch
Sit on the floor with your legs in the butterfly position. Place your PlumBand against the flat of your back and then loop each of its ends around the balls of your feet. Extend the leg of the foot you intend to stretch until the leg is straight. Then, using the hand on your stretching side, grasp your band firmly and pull to stretch the foot.

Stretch #4: Quad

Quad stretch
Tie your PlumBand into an overhand knot (A). Then, while kneeling, place the loop around the bridge of the foot on the leg you want to stretch. Grip the band over your shoulder using the hand opposite the stretching leg, and pull up as you lean forward and raise your opposite knee in front of you. Keep resistance on the stretching leg as it moves up and down. Repeat several times with each leg.

Stretch #5: Back

Back stretch
Tie your PlumBand into an overhand knot (A). While lying on your stomach, put the large loop of the knot around both of your feet. Reach back and grab an end of the band with each of your hands. Pull slowly to bring your head and feet together and gently rock back and forth to stretch your back.

Stretch #6: Advanced Back

Advanced Back stretch
Prepare and position yourself as you would for Back (stretch no. 5), then extend your legs to pull your upper body back and increase the stretch of your back. At the full extent of the stretch, your legs will be fully straight. When releasing the stretch, slowly relax your back. This is an advanced stretch that is not for everyone. Know your limits, and remember to never continue a stretch to the point of discomfort or pain.

Stretch #7: Middle Split

Middle Split stretch
While sitting on the floor with your legs in the butterfly position, loop one end of your PlumBand around the arch of one of your feet. Then pull the band around your back and loop the other end around the arch of your other foot. Slowly extend your legs forward until straight, and then move them out to the sides into the middle split position. Point your toes for an additional stretch.

Stretch #8: Middle Split

Middle Split stretch
Prepare and position yourself as you would for Middle Split (stretch no. 7), then with your legs in the middle split position, lean forward onto your stomach while pushing your hips towards the ground. Flex your feet and point your toes for an additional stretch.

Stretch #9: Middle Split

Middle Split stretch
Prepare and position yourself as you would for Middle Split (stretch no. 7), then with your legs in the middle split position, lean backwards to lie flat on your back while keeping your legs in the split position. Flex your feet and point your toes for an additional stretch.

Stretch #10: Middle Split

Middle Split stretch
Prepare and position yourself as you would for Middle Split (stretch no. 9), then while lying on your back with your legs in the split position, slowly raise your legs to point straight up and then return them down to the split position. Repeat to strengthen your stomach, groin and core muscles.

Stretch #11: Side

Side stretch
While standing near a barre or chair for support, step onto your PlumBand with a foot and wrap the band once around its arch and bridge. Grasp the other end of the band using the hand opposite the leg you are stretching, then slowly lift your leg up and to the side as you pull. Raise your leg as high as you can without pain, hold for a moment, and then return it to the ground.

Stretch #12: Side

Side stretch
Prepare and position yourself as you would for Side Split (stretch no. 11). Grasp the end of the band using the hand opposite the leg you are stretching, then slowly lift your leg up and to the side as you pull. Continue to pull your leg up and over towards the opposite side of your body. Raise your leg as high as you can without pain, hold for a moment, and then return it to the ground.

Stretch #13: Arabesque

Arabesque stretch
Step into the circle of your PlumBand and flip the forward portion up and over your head, tucking the band under your arms and across your upper back. While using a barre or chair for support, bend a leg behind you, then place the end of the band over the bridge of that leg’s foot. Carefully extend your leg up into an arabesque position. From this stretch position, you can easily move between arabesque, attitude, and penché positions.

Stretch #14: Attitude

Attitude stretch
Prepare and position yourself as you would for Arabesque (stretch no. 13). While using a barre or chair for support, bend a leg behind you, then place the end of the band over the bridge of that leg’s foot. Carefully extend your leg up into an attitude position. From this stretch position, you can easily move between attitude, arabesque, and penché positions.

Stretch #15: Penché

Penché stretch
Prepare and position yourself as you would for Arabesque (stretch no. 13). While using a barre or chair for support, bend a leg behind you, then place the end of the band over the bridge of that leg’s foot. Extend your leg up into first an attitude or arabesque position, then lean forward into a penché position. From this stretch position, you can easily move between penché, attitude, and arabesque positions.

PlumBand Knots

The instructions above reference two different knots with your PlumBand. (A) is on the left, and (B) is on the right.

Knot AKnot B

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