Hanging Pull Ups on the Cadillac

It’s very similar to an upside-down Push Up and if you use the Trapeze to your advantage you’ll find you have even more power from your center.

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Equipment Needed: Cadillac
  • Reps: 3 Sets of 3
  • Warning: May not be suitable for some back or shoulder issues.
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Hanging Pull Ups on the Cadillac

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Hanging Pull Ups, if I had to choose one of the Pull Ups on the Pilates Cadillac I'd pick this one every time! Not because I am any good at it, but because it definitely has hope. It's very similar to an upside-down Push Up and if you use the Trapeze to your advantage you'll find you have even more power from your center. If you struggle with the arm-back connection, this exercise will reveal that even more but it can also teach you where you need to be pulling from. For me, I am trying to make the Hanging Pull Ups part of my weekly Pilates routine.

Stand in your legs, pull your arms from your back, reach in opposition.

Stand on your Cadillac facing your Trapeze place your hands on the rails about a fingertip to forearms distance from the edge of the Cadillac frame. Pull on the rails from your back and then without a lot of hoopla pull both knees into your chest and then send them straight out to the top of the Trapeze. Press your legs wide to the springs and press your ankles into the trapeze as you reach your legs from your center. Lower your body into an upside-down "Elephant." Be mindful to not "hang" from your hands in this position.

Lift yourself up into an upside-down plank and then pulling from your back find an upside-down "Up Stretch" or "Swan-like" position. Then come back to an upside-down plank and pull yourself up to the rails 3x and then return to your upside-down "Elephant." Repeat 2 more times. Don't forget to press your legs into the Trapeze so you're not holding yourself up only with your arms. And then to dismount pull both knees into your chest and then lower your legs to the mat. It's easy to "panic" in this position. Remember it's a body exercise not an arm exercise.


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