Going Up Side Prep on the Wunda Chair
Going Up Side is one of the most difficult exercises on the Pilates Wunda Chair. Not just because it’s hard, but also it is a bit scary. This prep version of Going Up Side will not only help you if you don’t have a High Chair, it can also be the step between the High Chair and doing Going Up Side in the middle of the room. All you need is a wall or a Cadillac pole to help yourself get more comfortable balancing in the middle of the room while working this very integral exercise in your Pilates practice.
Without leaning, lift up through your center and down through both legs.
Place your Wunda Chair near a wall almost your arm’s distance away when you are on the chair. Or, place it at the end of the Cadillac just close enough that you can touch the poles without leaning into them. Step on to the pedal with both feet. Once the pedal is down turn to one side. Your “outside” foot will be parallel on the pedal. Your inside foot will be turned out on the chair to the back corner towards the wall or the poles. Place your pedal side hand on your hip and your other arm reaching for the wall or poles without leaning. Stand with your shoulders over your hips.
As best you can without leaning in, hug both legs towards each other, press down through both legs as you lift up through your center. If the pedal doesn’t lift the first couple times don’t worry. Try anyways. Then, if you need, you can lean into the wall or poles. Lift the pedal and realign your shoulders back over your hips. Only go as low as you can keep everything working and before you hit the floor come back up. This time without leaning. Then repeat on the other side.