Going Down the Mountain on the Wunda Chair
Going Down the Mountain on the Pilates Wunda Chair is one of the more challenging of the three Mountain Climbers on the Wunda Chair. If you’re new to the Wunda Chair or Mountain Climber then stick with that one till you feel confident rocking it for 32 reps. However, if Going Up Front and Mountain Climber are feeling doable and steady then Going Down the Mountain on the Wunda Chair is a great way to challenge yourself. And if feeling strong with Going Down the Mountain and your Going Up Side on the chair is fun then try Going Down the Mountain Side.
Stand tall & work pedal down and up with the back of the pedal leg.
One of the few exercises where starting on top of the chair makes the most sense. And typically done from Mountain Climber. Finish Mountain Climber and close the spring to stand on top of the chair. Or, stand on top of the Chair and face the pedal side. You will use the same springs you used for Mountain Climber, usually 1 top and 1 bottom. Stand in the center of the chair with your heels together and toes apart. Reach the ball of one foot to the pedal. Lower your body to a “squat.” The heel on top of the chair reaches down. But if your ankle doesn’t allow you can lift it up. This does make it more challenging. Layer your arms one on top of the other at shoulder height. Lift your chest, drop your tailbone.
Once you’ve found your setup without lifting your hips, pump the pedal up and down with your pedal leg. Work the down and the up. It’s tempting to stick your hips back. But the more you can work your hips down and your chest up the more full body this exercise becomes. When done with the first leg. Close the spring as you stand up. Replace your pedal foot onto the chair and then switch sides. Once done you can repeat on the “weaker” side. Or, you can try Going Down the Mountain Side.