Standing Arm Spring on the Pilates Cadillac is a great series of exercises to challenge your ability to stand in your legs and feet and lift tall against the pull of the springs. You can do one or all of the Standing Arm Springs exercises. It's a great way to end your Pilates session or to add in to teach you what you need for other Pilates exercises and challenge ones you already know. The Boxing exercise will challenge you to keep this a full-body exercise without being pushed around by the springs. Have fun boxing!
Stand in your feet, hug your outer hips in, reach arms from your back.
Place your arm springs on the hooks just higher than your shoulders on the outside of your Cadillac. Stand with your feet heels together and toe slightly apart. Without locking your knees, stand firmly in your heels and balls of your feet. Lift your chest and press your whole hand in your handle. I like to start with both arms straight and reaching forward from my back. Allow the spring to push your shoulder on your back but not off your back. Find a long strong line from the crown of your head to your heels.
Continue reaching one arm forward as you bend the other elbow back and then switch. Box each arm back and forth reaching from your back. It's easy to box from your elbow or your pecs. And, do this 5-10x each side. Also, another thing to watch out for is that you box to someone directly in front of you. It's easy to box one arm forward but it's actually not dead center. Picture yourself actually boxing. Reach from your back and have fun pretending to hit someone dead center and control the spring pull back. Also, while you fun don't lean and fall into the springs. There is an equal push and pull.
Be sure to check out more of my Pilates Cadillac exercises. I want to help you continue your Pilates Cadillac training!