Side Leg Springs Up/Down on the Cadillac
** Private online Pilates sessions available with Lesley Logan on request, click here **
Side Leg Springs on the Pilates Cadillac or Tower are similar to your Side Kick Series on the Mat. However, when you add that spring to them they reveal everything you still need to work on. After you do Front/Back then its time to work your Up and Down! And I say work because it truly is work!. The leg springs do not mess around. They love to show you they are boss. When you do this variation of the Side Leg Springs reach into the springs more than you think. And, make sure you're the one doing the closing of the springs and not the other way around.
Stand in the spring on the way up and continue to turn out on the down.
Laying on your side in the same setup as the Front Back. The entire body along the back edge of the mat, arm on the mat, and up the pole. Bottom leg to the front of the mat and top leg into the spring that is on the pole you're lined up with. After you have completed the Front and Back stack your top leg on top of your bottom leg. Reach the top leg into the spring to ensure the hips are stacked. Turn the top leg out and point the foot.
Without hiking your hip up reach your top leg into the springs and lift the leg up as much as you can stay reaching into the springs. Then at your top flex the ankle and pull the leg down while keeping it turned out. Point the foot to lift it up and then add a little more lift at the top. Sounds like Up Up! Then flex and pull down. Repeat. And if going well add on the small circles. It's ok if you don't close the springs. And it's also ok if you can close the springs and keep reaching.
Be sure to check out more of my Pilates Cadillac exercises. I want to help you continue your Pilates Cadillac training!
Loving this Pilates exercise tutorial? Take weekly online Pilates mat classes with Lesley Logan.
Enjoying Lesley's teaching style? Willing to travel? Explore the world while maintaining your practice by joining Lesley on a Pilates retreat.