Rowing 3: From the Chest with Arm Springs on the Cadillac
Rowing 3 also known as From the Chest in Pilates is an easy exercise to go through the motions of on the Reformer. Taking the opportunity to do From the Chest while on the Pilates Cadillac or Tower allows you to work on the movements from the most connected places. You also get to practice feeling connected without any spring tension. This is different than when you are on the Reformer. Being able to practice this essential Rowing exercise on the Cadillac or Tower is great for supporting your mat Pilates practice as well.
Hug your legs together more as your arms lift up to the ceiling!
Sit with your back towards the Arm Springs, legs straight out in front of you hugging together, feet pointed. Place one handle in each hand. On the Cadillac or Tower the springs will be on top of your arms instead of underneath as they are on the Reformer. Hold the handles at chest level. Fingers long and together, shoulders on your back. Make sure the pinky side of your hands is on the handle. Check that your shoulders are directly over your hips and that your outer hips are hugging tightly together.
Press your arms straight at a diagonal in front of you (slightly higher than your shoulders). Then reach the straight arms down towards the mat and then back up and this time to the ceiling. The springs will want to pull you back. Instead, use your center to hold you in place as you get taller and open your arms wide to the side. Press the straight arms down to the mat and then bend your elbows to repeat. If going well add on the Rowing 4.