Side Leg Springs Front/Back on the Cadillac

This is a great exercise to teach you where to reach from when you’re doing Side Leg Kicks on the Mat. It’s also an incredible challenge for your center!

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Equipment Needed: Cadillac or Tower, Leg Springs (I love using the Contrology Cadillac.)
  • Reps: 3-5
  • Warning: Not ideal for some neck or knee issues.
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Side Leg Springs Front/Back on the Cadillac

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Side Leg Springs on the Pilates Cadillac or Tower in Pilates will take your Mat Side Leg Kicks to another level! When you use the springs on your Cadillac to do Side Leg Springs you will feel pretty quickly just how much you are connected or how much you swing your leg from front to back. This is a great exercise to not only teach you where to reach from when you're doing Side Leg Kicks on the Mat. It's also an incredible challenge for your center! The Front/Back is the first in the Side Leg Springs series. If it goes well be sure to try the others.

Press bottom foot into the mat and reach the top leg into the spring!

Laying on your side against the back edge of your Cadillac or Tower place the bottom arm along your mat and pole. Your head will rest on your bicep. Your bottom leg will come to the front of your mat and your top leg will go in the spring along the same side you're lying on. Flex the bottom foot and press it into the mat. Point the top foot and reach it longer than your bottom leg. If your hips and shoulders are able to remain stacked then add in the movement.

Reach your top leg forward as far as your hips can remain stacked. Then pull it a little back. Then reach it forward again. Stretch your leg back as far as your hips don't tip then pull it a little forward then reach it back again. Repeat 3-5x. If going well add in the Up and Down. If your hip is hiking or your chest is falling front to back continue to work your reach from your center and into the spring before adding on. Try it out on your mat without the spring and see if you can find the same reach!


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

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