Going Up Front on the Wunda Chair
Going Up Front on the Pilates Wunda Chair is more than a lunge as you know from Going Up Front on the High Chair. But, it’s more difficult than doing it on the High Chair because you have the fear of falling playing with your mind. You also have less springs to help you lift up and lower back down. However, it’s a fun exercise to challenge your balance, balance your asymmetries and challenge your strength by playing with spring tensions. If you do not have a High Chair, you can start out doing Going Up Front on the Wunda Chair use a wall or the end of your Cadillac.
Lift the pedal up press down into the pedal to move from your center.
Starting with one top spring and one bottom spring stand facing your chair. Newer to this exercise place your hands on the chair and both feet on the pedal and then place one foot on top of the chair and then your hands in your ideal working position. Once you are more comfortable and advanced try to mount the chair by pressing the pedal down and place one foot on top of the chair and go right into the exercise. Your arms can be out to the side, reaching up towards the diagonal, hands can be behind your head or anywhere that your arms help you connect you to your back.
To lift the pedal up you will be tempted to lean forward. But then the weight of your body is all in your front leg and you cannot use the springs. Instead, reaching down through both legs, lift up through your center and hugging your legs towards each other you can float up. As you lower the pedal down continue to lift up in your center. As you lift the more you press the pedal down the more you can lift up! Do 5-8 on each side. If you have a weaker side you can do the weak side, strong side, and weak side.