Short Box: Twist and Reach on the Reformer
Twist and Reach on the Pilates Reformer Short Box is a great way to challenge your Twist from Stomach Massage and prepare you for Snake and Twist. After you do Side to Side on your Short Box continue to work your side body as you twist from your waist. It’s tempting to twist from your hips or your arms. But, if you keep your hips still and reach your arms from your back to help you create more length in your twists. If this is going well for you add in the Around the World on your Short Box.
Keep hips still as you twist and reach. Arms pulling on bar as you go.
From Side to Side, keeping the same pressure and reach out on the strap from your outer hips you are able to go from one exercise to the next. For more details check out Short Box Round Back. The strap should be close to the base of your feet by your ankle. Ankles hard flexed, legs reaching straight out and outer hips pressing feet into the strap. It’s important that as you Twist and Reach that your legs press out the whole time and don’t start coming together. Pull out on the bar with your arms connected to your back.
Twist your upper body without moving your hips then lean out as long as you can. It’s not necessary that you go “down.” Aim more for the back corner of your Reformer rather than the floor. Remain in your Twist as you come up then unwind and repeat on the other side. Be mindful that your arms do not make you think you twisted more than you did. As you Twist and Reach keep the arms reaching overhead and your head in the center of your arms. If going well Twist, Reach, then unwind while out there and then Reach as you Twist and stay in the Twist as you lift up. Reverse directions.