Standing Single Leg Spring on the Cadillac

Do this exercise from the right place and you’ll feel the standing leg and your center working harder than the working leg to move and resist the spring.

  • Author: Lesley Logan
  • September 30, 2022
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Standing Single Leg Spring on the Cadillac or Tower Online Pilates Classes
Standing Single Leg Spring on the Cadillac or Tower Online Pilates Classes
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Equipment Needed: Cadillac/Tower, Leg Springs (I love using the Contrology Cadillac.)
  • Reps: 5-10 of each variation on each side
  • Warning: Not ideal for some knee issues.
  • Questions: Contact us here

Standing Single Leg Spring on the Cadillac

Standing Single Leg Spring on the Pilates Cadillac or Tower is one of those Pilates exercises that challenge the leg that doesn’t appear to be working as much if not more than the leg doing the movement. In fact, if you’re doing this exercise from the right place you will feel the standing leg and your entire center working hard to make this spring move with control in all the directions. The cool thing about this series is you can practice it without a spring and still feel the challenge in your body. If you find you have a weak side, do this with the weaker side then stronger then weak side again.

Feel your outer hip, inner thigh and hamstrings engage and lift tall.

-Lesley Logan

Standing with your side to the Cadillac place the spring on the arch of your foot. Lift your center tall and your hands can hold a gondola pole or be on your hips or behind your head. Whatever helps you connect more to your center and not lean to one side.

Out: The outside leg will press out on the spring without taking your body off the standing leg. Be mindful you are not pushing from your knee joint. The standing leg is slightly behind the spring. The foot stays on the floor as it presses out and resists in. Do 5-10.

Across: Spin the strap around your foot as you spin around and face the other way. Make sure you standing leg is behind the spring and pull the spring across your body and resist it back 5-10x. Again, be mindful you do not lean to make the spring move.

Back Straight leg: turn to face the Cadillac you can hold the pole or put your hands behind your head. Place the top of your foot on the floor and lifting up through your spine reach your toes behind you. Feel a stretch across the front of your hip.

Back Bent Leg: bend your knee and reach a bent leg back without compensating and leaning forward. You should feel it in your hamstring and glute of the spring leg and the outer hip of the standing leg.


Be sure to check out more of my Pilates Cadillac exercises. I want to help you continue your Pilates Cadillac training!

By Lesley Logan

Lesley Logan, NCPT, is the founder of OnlinePilatesClasses.com, the first free online catalogue of Pilates exercise tutorial videos, where you can also find weekly online mat classes and workshops. When not teaching from her studio in Los Angeles, Lesley can be found traveling the world leading Pilates retreats, or offering Pilates business coaching to studio owners and other instructors through her private mastermind group. Connect with Lesley on instagram @lesley.logan or through the contact page on this site.

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