Jackknife on the Wunda Chair
Jackknife on the Pilates Wunda Chair is another Pilates Mat exercise that can be done using the chair. Similarly to the Corkscrew, it’s not the place where you will learn Jackknife. But it is where you will challenge your Jackknife connections. And a great way to enjoy a full workout on the Wunda Chair. The Wunda Chair is the most advanced workout. So give yourself time to find your connections. Ideally, you find a way to stand strong in your back in a way that a mat without handles. Give it a whirl and see what new connections you make!
Stand on your shoulders as you work your legs from your center.
Lay on your back with your head on the floor about an inch from the edge of the Wunda Chair (pedal side) with 1 middle or 1 top spring on. Place your hands on the sides of the pedal and hug the pedal from where your arms meet your back. Reach your legs to the ceiling and hug them tightly together. Heels together and toes slightly apart. Find the length of your spine and width across your chest.
Without pulling the pedal down lift your hips up and over as your legs reach to the top of the chair. Keep your hips up as you reach your waist back to the floor just a little bit and then reach your legs between the pedal and the chair. Then as you work your legs away reach your spine long onto the mat and then stretch your legs to the ceiling and then towards the floor. Repeat again. Maintain the gaze of your eyes up to the ceiling throughout the entire movement. Play with Corkscrew while you are set up here.