The Pilates Pedi Pole looks pretty odd just sitting there usually in the corner. And the exercises you do on the Pedi Pole look as interesting as the apparatus. From the naked eye you can't see just how much effort is going on inside the person performing the exercises. But, step on the tiny platform, grab the handles and you'll see as soon as you open the spring a little bit just how much strength, connection and power is required. These are some of my favorite exercises on the Pedi Pole. With a little extra prep on what I look for when I get started.
This piece of equipment is one of the hardest in the Pilates method.
Standing with your heels towards or on the pole hugging tightly together and balls of your feet slightly apart, lengthen your spine along the pole. It's easy to "lean" into the pole or opposite pull away from the pole. Stand in your feet evenly and lift up tall along the pole. Use it to see where you need to connect more. Place your hands into the handles and before you get moving reach your arms from your back. You'll be using these handles to help you get taller, connected and strengthen you so when you are out walking in life you have the same lift!
Reaching your arms wide to the sides, close your eyes and bring your arms towards each other in front of you. Open your eyes and see which arm is lower or higher. Open your arms and repeat 3-5x. What you'll notice is which arm needs to be reaching into the spring more or less. Then begin to do the Centering Exercise on two legs. And, if you're feeling up for it, on one leg! I put this in here not because I LOVE it, but because I want to love it.
Be sure to check out more of my Pedi Pole workout videos. I want to help you continue your Pilates Pedi Pole training!