Neck Stretcher Lunge on the Cadillac
This is not your regular lunge! Nope, this Pilates Lunge with a Neck Stretcher takes it to a whole new level! Yes, you do need a Neck Stretcher for this one but you can do it on a Pilates Cadillac or Tower. It’s an exercise that doesn’t just require strength but coordination as well. And like all exercises in Pilates, you’ll need to work the return as much or more than you think. Or, the springs will pull you around. If you’re wanting to challenge your flexion and your two-way stretch, this is a great exercise for that.
Reach your spine through the crown of your head and stand firm in feet.
Hook your Neck Stretcher up to your legs springs (both of them). You don’t need the feet loops. Facing away from the poles, make sure the springs are attached to the hook above your shoulders if you’re using a tower. Place the strap of the Neck Stretcher around your forehead. Using both hands hold it behind your head. Feel like your upper back is doing a “shave.” Standing firmly in both feet. Feel tall and lifted. Know which foot you will lead with and be ready to stand in both feet even when they are apart.
Think of Spine Stretch Forward or even channel how you do the Neck Stretcher seated on the Cadillac as you lunge one foot forward and bend your spine through the Neck Stretcher. Then to return roll up to standing and set your foot back where you started. Then switch. Repeat on the other side. Notice if one side has more coordination than the other. Do 3-5 each side. If you do have a weaker side think about doing weak, strong, weak. Also, notice how your body coordinates this and try to use it to improve your Front Splits, Russian Splits and Mountain Climber.