SETUP: Begin in a lunge position. Take both loops and place them around the center of your back foot. Thread your OPPOSITE arm through the foam pad center and place it on the shoulder.
With both hands on the floor, pressing the hips forward slowly begin to straighten your front leg to the ground.
Make sure to actively press your back foot into the loops to deepen the stretch in the hip, and keep the band taut.
Repeat with the other leg.
In a contract-relax active stretch such as the Front Split with the Flexistretcher; actively engage the muscles by pressing out long into the resistance of the strap, hold for 10 counts and then relax the muscles while keeping the position. Repeat this by actively contracting the muscles and pressing long into the straps followed by a relaxation phase while maintaining the position in correct form.
By using the methods of active stretching while using your Flexistretcher, you are simultaneously strengthening the muscles while improving mobility. In ballet this is an extremely beneficial way to work because you are able to improve strength with a more targeted focus. Developing the necessary strength to perform fundamental movements required in ballet such as an arabesque or développé à la seconde is equally as important as flexibility to execute properly.