Not everyone has space or the means to have both the High Chair aka Electric chair and the Pilates Wunda Chair in their home or studio. So, if you can only buy one I highly recommend you buy a Wunda chair. This way you don't sacrifice the best of both worlds. You can do almost anything on the Wunda Chair that you do on the High Chair except Press Ups. In this tutorial, I show you how to get creative with your Wunda Chair to get your High Chair Pumping on. Grab your short box and a wall and here we go!
Focus on lift and length in your back and not the depth of the pumps.
For Pumping on the High Chair using your Wunda chair set your chair close to a wall, place your short box on top of the Wunda chair with at least one top spring and one bottom spring. You may want or need to go heavier to mimic the Electric chair depending on your client. Sit on the chair up against the short box and then hold your arms out like you are hugging a big tree. Focus on holding your arms up from your back! Place either the balls of your feet, arches or heels on the pedal. It truly depends on the person which setting you use so feel free to play around!
Keeping your whole back on the box begin to press the pedal up and down for 10 pumps. You are not necessarily seeing how far you can press the pedal down. But rather working on using the pumps of the legs to help lift your back up along the box. You're trying to get as much length in your lower back as possible. This is a really great exercise to learn the "tall back" that exists in Pilates. Pumping is an amazing exercise for everyone! After one set of 10 if you like the foot position then do it again for two more sets of 10. Or, try a different position for the final two sets.
Be sure to check out more of my Wunda Chair workout videos. I want to help you continue your Pilates Wunda Chair training!