Jumping Stomach on the Ladder Barrel is not meant for trying after lunch! This exercise is advanced and a challenge for everything you know. But it's also a fun way to see how much you can stay connected and fly! You'll want lots of strength in two directions and the belief that you can fly! I happen to love this exercise for its heart raising and endorphin producing ways. It's a great exercise to put toward the end of your workout after you have put all your connections together! Will you get lift off?
Stand strong in your arms, reach out your legs to lift your center.
Facing the Barrel, lay yourself on top of it. Take your hands to the bottom rung and reach your legs long and together. Stretch your body out in two directions. Make sure your arms are reaching from your back and your legs are stretching to allow your center to stay strong. This exercise is tricky. It's easy to think you need to lift yourself up by swinging your legs. But, there isn't any swinging in the Jumping Stomach. It's a whole lot of reaching and staying strong and connected. The more you reach the easier it is to have lift off.
Stretch long and lift your center. Hug your legs tight together and keep your back long as you reach into your arms and lift up and reach and land down. The landing is as important as the takeoff. So, once you are up the challenge is to stay connected, continue to reach and then land softly. You'll want to give this a go 3-5x and then make sure you enjoy the big backstretch to bend in both directions the other way. This exercise may not be ideal for shoulder or back issues.
Be sure to check out more of my Pilates Ladder Barrel exercises. I want to help you continue your Pilates Ladder Barrel training!