Going Down the Mountain Side on the Wunda Chair
Going Down the Mountain Side or Mountain Climber Side on the Pilates Wunda Chair has all the challenges of Going Up Side and Mountain Climber combined. If you’re not loving your external rotation with strength and stamina then this will be one of the harder exercises you do on the Pilates Wunda Chair. But, if Going Up Side and Mountain Climber has become possible in your Pilates practice then adding Going Down the Mountain Side will be the challenge you need. It’s ok if you get to the start position and that’s all you can do to start.
Work the pedal up and down while lifting your chest & center.
Typically done after Going Up Side or Going Down the Mountain Front. Also one of those few exercises where setting up from the top of the chair is easier. The same spring you use for all Mountain Climbers and Going Up Front, usually 1 top and 1 bottom. Place the top of the chair foot turnout around the center of the top of the chair. Place the pedal foot parallel to the pedal like Going Up Side. Bend the leg on top of the chair till you’re in a “squat.” You are aiming for the knee to be at a 90-degree angle. Lift the chest tall, drop the tailbone and layer your arms at the level of your shoulders.
Maintaining the chair leg where it is pump the pedal leg up and down. Work the pedal up and down while continuing to lift your chest. Then lift the pedal all the way up to stand on top of the chair. Turn around on top of the chair and switch sides. If needed repeat on the side that is weaker. It’s tempting to lean onto the chair leg. But that will make it harder. Keep the weight even on both legs as you pump the pedal.