Bicycle with Leg Springs on the Cadillac
Bicycle in Leg Springs can be done on the Pilates Cadillac, Tower or Spring Board. It’s one of the more complicated to understand the coordination of the Leg Spring variations. But, once you understand where you’re moving from you’ll find the strength and control and then can challenge yourself with other Leg Spring exercises including Leg Springs in the Air. But, you have to make sure you’re working the springs and they are not working you. It’s tempting to bend your knee so much your heel touches your seat. And that’s fine as long as you’re still able to reach into the springs.
Move legs from your center and reach into springs as you bend knees.
Come into Bicycle from a Frog position. You typically wouldn’t start with a Bicycle. The setup is the same as every other Leg Spring exercise. After Beats or Small Circles comes Bicycle during the Leg Spring series. However, just because it comes next doesn’t mean you need to do it. When you’re ready to add this one in do. Focus less on how big your Bicycle is and instead on how connected you are in both leg springs.
Frog your legs out to the high diagonal and then reach one leg down towards the mat, bend your knee with slight external rotation and drag your heel along the mat. Bend your knee as much as you can reach into the spring. Then pull the bent knee into your chest as the other leg reaches down, away and it bends when the other leg reaches towards straight. At all times you have one leg straight and one leg bent. Do 3-5 bicycles in one direction and then reverse. Once even reach both legs to straight, hug the heels together and Frog back in.