Criss Cross (Ab Series 5/5) on the Wunda Chair
Criss Cross is the final exercise in the ab series from Mat Pilates. When done on top of the Wunda Chair the Criss Cross reveals how much we might be leaning onto the mat as we switch from one side to the other. Use your Criss Cross on the Pilates Wunda Chair to show you where you can get more out of your Mat Pilates practice. And, the Criss Cross can inspire what you do next on your Wunda Chair.
Shoulders on your back as you press hands into head and head to hands.
If coming from Double Straight Leg Stretch and your hands are already interlaced behind your head bend one knee into your chest and stretch the other leg out to the high diagonal. If you’re coming into Criss Cross on top of your Wunda Chair from a rest position lay on top of the chair. If you lay on the long side of the chair it’s easier, shorter direction is harder. Interlace your hands behind your head and curl your head and chest up. Bring both knees into your chest.
Keeping the lift in your chest curl up and over to one knee as you stretch the other leg away. Reach your armpit towards your knee and keep your elbows wide. Continue to curl up as you switch your legs. Continue to switch side to side. If you notice your chest is lowering take a moment and then reset. Also, watch out for knees going to the side or crossing your midline.