Favorite Pilates Exercises on the Pedi Pole

“One of the reasons I love to use the Pedi Pole with my students is that they can feel just how in control of their movements they are.

  • Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced
  • Equipment Needed: Pedi Pole
  • Reps: 3-5 each direction
  • Warning: May not be ideal for those with balance issues, shoulder issues or beginners
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Favorite Pilates Exercises on the Pedi Pole

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It's so hard to pick a favorite exercise in Pilates. But, when you pick a specific piece of equipment it is easier to narrow down a favorite exercise or two. So, when it came time to pick a favorite exercise on the Pilates Pedi Pole I knew exactly which exercises to pick. Actually, that is a bit of a fib. There are so many Pilates exercises on the Pedi Pole, but none are my favorite. I just happen to love being done with the exercises I do on the Pedi Pole! It looks deceiving: this piece of equipment is one of the hardest in the method.

This piece of equipment is one of the hardest in the Pilates method.

If your Pedi Pole is not attached to a wall then you will feel more instability as you move through these exercises. In this video I show you my favorite. I love for all my clients to do the 'Arm Circles' and I need to practice the one-leg squats more often than I do (as you will see). One of the reasons I love to use the Pedi Pole with my students is that they can feel just how in control of their movements they are. As they move, the springs tell them just how connected they are.

For example, as they do the circles they will notice if the springs are closing on their own. Their shoulders will disconnect and they may feel like they are going to lose their balance. Or, one arm might circle different than the other. When they do the squats they can really feel if they are moving together as one connected piece. Or, if as soon as they squat down they leave their arms behind and end up looking a little bit like a scarecrow! But, if they do move with their arms connected to their back the strength and power they feel is the best! If you decide to do the one-leg squats as I do in here please be mindful of your seat and stay connected to your center. Your range of motion may be small (as you could see mine was).


Be sure to check out more of my Pedi Pole workout videos. I want to help you continue your Pilates Pedi Pole training!

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