Wide Leg Stretch Exercise Guide

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Wide Leg Stretch is a bodyweight exercise that works your abs and hamstrings.

Wide Leg Stretch is a great basic move. When done correctly, it can effectively target your core, legs, lower body, upper legs and waist.

It requires no equipment to do.

Wide Leg Stretch

How to do Wide Leg Stretch


Sit on the floor with legs extended and spread comfortably apart. Exhale and try to bring your chest towards the left leg, reaching with your hands.

Illustrated Guide

Learn how to do wide leg stretch from this step-by-step illustrations:

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Muscles Worked

The muscles used for wide leg stretch may change slightly based on the your trained range of motion and technique, but in the most general case, the muscles used for wide leg stretch are:

Primary Muscles

  • Abs
  • Hamstrings

Synergyst Muscles

  • Glutes
  • Lats
  • Spinal Erectors

Frequently Asked Questions

What muscles does Wide Leg Stretch work?
Wide Leg Stretch works abs, hamstrings.
What is Wide Leg Stretch good for?
Wide Leg Stretch is beneficial for conditioning, for stretching and to strengthen. It works the best for core, legs, lower body, upper legs and waist, as it works abs, hamstrings. Wide Leg Stretch is a great bodyweight exercise for men, men over 50, women and women over 50.
Is Wide Leg Stretch a good exercise?
Wide Leg Stretch is a popular bodyweight exercise for abs, hamstrings.

Training, Progressions and Regressions

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Wide Leg Stretch Training and Progressions

Standards and Averages

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Wide Leg Stretch Standards and Averages


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Wide Leg Stretch Alternatives


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Wide Leg Stretch Variations

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Type(s) Bodyweight, Calisthenic, Strength, Compound, Cooldown
Muscles Worked Abdominals, Biceps Femoris, Gluteus, Latissimus Dorsi, Erector Spinae
Difficulty Level(s) Basic, Easy
Equipment No Equipment, Mat
Location At Gym, At Home, Outdoor
Major Exercise Leg Extension

Muscles Worked

Target muscle(s) Abs, Hamstrings
Synergyst muscle(s) Glutes, Lats, Spinal Erectors

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