Pilates double leg kick will help stretch your quads, open your chest, and strengthen the posterior chain (back of the body).
I am always giving my clients homework of exercises that strengthen the backs of their bodies.
We tend to always focus front, since that is what we can see easily. Unfortunately, it is the muscles in our backs that really help hold us up.
The pilates double leg kick works to strengthen those back, butt, and hamstring muscles while helping to open the hips and shoulders. As always in Pilates, the abs work to support the spine.
Here is my colleague Mikiko Baba demonstrating the Pilates double leg kick.
This is a beginning exercise, so anyone can do!