Ballet Stretches Front on the Cadillac
Ballet Stretches Front on the Pilates Cadillac, also known as Standing Stretches with Fuzzies (part 1) on the Cadillac, will challenge any fear of heights you may have. These Stretches with Fuzzies will also force you to find your reach through both legs as one leg will be standing on a cushion while the other is reaching through a strap. However, once you find the reach through your legs you’ll be able to find more ways to challenge yourself. Especially in this first part, try doing this whole exercise with no hands! Yep, think Spine Stretch Forward or Single Straight Leg Stretch.
Stand strong in both legs, especially part 2. Bottom leg leads the way.
For this first part, stand on your Cadillac facing your fuzzies. Put the fuzzies to the end of the vertical poles and place your right foot in the fuzzy on your left. Place your whole foot on the pole and square your hip to your foot. Easier is to hold the poles by your shoulders. Harder (and requires space) is to lift your arms up to the ceiling. Be sure you’re standing your standing leg without locking your knee or leaning out on your hip. I like to bend and straighten my leg 2-3x to find my seat.
Step 1: Round forward over your leg. Maintain a lift in your waist, shoulders on your back and reaching through both legs. Then, roll back up to a tall back before finding extension in your upper back like a Swan or Spread Eagle. Repeat 2-3x then go into step 2.
Step 2: Take your leg off on the inside of the vertical pole, reaching both legs straight, reach your front leg forward and your back leg down and back. Then, pull your waist back and find traction on your leg and back. Repeat. Reach your leg forward into a strong split and then pull back into a traction. Do this 2-3 before going into part 2.