Pull-Up Prep on the Cadillac
Pull-Ups on the Pilates Cadillac are not easy for many. Not that any Pilates exercise is easy. But the Pull-Ups and Hanging Pull-Ups on the Cadillac require a strong arm-back connection. When preparing to do the Pull-Ups and Hanging Pull-Ups on the Cadillac practicing the Prep for Pull-Ups is essential. This prep for Pull-Ups is also useful for many other Pilates exercises. When this Prep for Pull-Ups feels strong give Hanging Pull-Ups and Pull-Ups on the Cadillac a try. Remember you can always come back to this prep as long as it’s needed.
Focus on working your arms from your back. Instead of your shoulders.
Place your short box on the side of the Cadillac. Standing on the box place your hands on the top bar of the Cadillac. Hold as wide if not a little wider than your shoulders. Depending on your height you may need to start with bent knees. Notice before you begin that it’s easy to “hang” off your shoulders. It’s not comfortable or strong. But, you can hold on with straight arms and not feel your entire body working for you. Be sure your shoulders are on your back before as you do this exercise.
Start by straightening and bending your elbows 3-5x. It’s like you’re doing a “pull-up” but you’ve got your legs to help you bend your arms. Then when you feel confident you have your arms on your back hold still and pull your knees into your chest. Make sure you pull both legs in simultaneously. Place the feet down and repeat. You can try this with straight arms or bent arms. Notice this lift of your legs and where it comes from. It will help you as you set yourself up for your Pull-Ups.