Fencing with Standing Arm Springs on the Cadillac
Fencing on the Pilates Cadillac or Tower is another exercise in the Standing Arm Springs series. Not often done, it requires more than just your whole body coming to play. You also need coordination and control. It’s not just about making the Fencing choreography happen. You also have to stand your ground and reach your body in two directions. However, once you figure out what to do in Fencing it’s also a lot of fun and a great challenge to all of your Pilates practice. Feel like you can’t control your arms? Then go work on your arm back connection. Can’t reach into the springs? Go and practice your strength.
Stand tall here and firmly in both feet reach your arms from your back.
Stand with your side to your Cadillac or Tower hold one arm spring in each hand. Your inside arm is bent and palm facing in. Your outside arm is also bent above your inside arm and palm facing in. Your outside leg is turned out, heel in front of your back legs arch. Your back leg is also turned out. Stand tall here and firmly in both feet. The more length you have in your start position the easier it will be to maintain it as you move from standing to Fencing and back again.
Simultaneously step your outside leg out into a side lunge position as you reach your top arm forward along the line of your front leg. And reach your bottom arm forward almost as if you were boxing from below. Then slide your front leg back into your start position as you resist the springs. The amount of energy required to lunge and reach into those springs will knock you back off your feet if you are not in control of the springs on the return. Repeat 3-5x each side. This exercise is a fun way to challenge what you know and reveal what you need to practice more.