Lunge from the Chest with Roll Back Bar on the Cadillac
Lunging in Pilates happens more than you might think. However, the Lunge with the Roll Back Bar on the Pilates Cadillac and Tower is more challenging than your average Lunge. The Roll Back Bar will challenge your balance, and your connection to your center and prepare you for more challenging Pilates exercises. Because the name is Lunge it’s tempting to focus solely on the legs. Instead, move the legs from the center simultaneously moving your arms from your back and you’ll get more out of this exercise. Plus, you’ll keep your balance as you do it. Once you find the strength in this exercise try it with the Neck Stretcher.
Reach into the back leg as much as you are bending the front knee.
Standing with your back to the springs stand inside the springs so the bar is in front of your chest. Hold the bar with your hands as wide as possible, thumb wrapped around the bar. Heels together and toes slightly apart. The further you are away from the poles the harder the exercise will be. Start closer and as you advance move further away. Double check weight is even through all four corners of each foot and that you’re not locking your knees out.
Simultaneously step one foot forward as you reach both arms to straight at chest level. As you lean into the Lunge continue to reach into the back foot from the entire leg. If new you can slide the foot back to meet the other one and bend the elbows as you do so and repeat on the other side. When ready add on. Lunge out and as you reach into your legs lift the bar up to the high diagonal. Lower the bar back in front of your chest and slide the front foot back and then switch sides. Repeat. Lift the bar only as high as you are able to maintain strength in your center and not back bending.