Pull Ups on the Cadillac

The Pull Ups are incredible for the arm-back connection that we all need to have in our entire Pilates practice. Try to do these every week more than once.

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

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Pull Ups on the Pilates Cadillac are one of the hardest exercises for most people on the Cadillac. Not just because having upper body strength is necessary, but because you are working hard on keeping everything together, facing gravity and holding on to the rails all as you do not move the trapeze! The Pull Ups are easier for men than women but that doesn't mean it's not possible. And, these Pull Ups are incredible for the arm and back connection that we all need to have in our entire Pilates practice. Try to do these every week more than once.

Stand in your legs and reach from your back and center.

Stand facing away from the trapeze and place your hands on the rails and then reach one foot back on the strap. Place the top of your foot on the strap. It's easy to put the strap on the front of the ankle and you don't want it to be there. You want it to be on the top of the foot so its part of your two-way stretch and so you can reach so far that you can keep the trapeze still the entire time you do this exercise. Your hands are on the rails just about a forearm distance away from the edge of the Cadillac.

Lift up from your center with your arms connected to your back and your tail long and then your other leg will float up and reach into the strap. Then lower and lift yourself 3x while keeping the trapeze still and your center on. Repeat 2 more times. Sure the goal is to straighten your arms but for most of us, you will go from bent arms to bent arms! It's important to work from the strength of your center so as not to panic as you get in and out of the exercise.


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