Mountain Climber Prep on the Wunda Chair

Mountain Climber includes an endurance challenge that you will want to prep for. Before adding Mountain Climber to your Wunda Chair practice master the prep.

  • Author: Lesley Logan
  • June 22, 2023
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mountain climber prep on the wunda chair online pilates classes
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Equipment Needed: Wunda Chair (I love using the Balanced Body Wunda Chair.)
  • Reps: 10 each side
  • Warning: Not ideal for some knee, hip, low back or shoulder issues.
  • Questions: Contact us here

Mountain Climber Prep on the Wunda Chair

Pilates Mountain Climber Prep on the Pilates Wunda Chair is an essential place to start when you are ready to challenge your Pilates practice with Mountain Climber. Mountain Climber on the Wunda Chair combines the reach of Spine Stretch Forward, the strength of Knee Stretches, and Going Up Front and puts it all together in a way only Pilates can do. However, Mountain Climber also includes an endurance challenge that you will want to prep for. If you’re ready for the Mountain Climber challenge ad the Mountain Climber Prep to your Wunda Chair practice. When you’re ready to play with Mountain Climber you can omit this from your practice.

Stand in the pedal both up and down while lifting your center up!

Place one top and bottom spring on the Wunda Chair. If that feels too heavy you can play with a bottom middle. Or if you need more a middle and a top. However, you don’t want the pedal too light or too heavy. It should feel like its working with you. Place your hands on the chair and then your feet on the pedal. Get the balls of your feet to the back edge of the pedal so that as the pedal lifts your foot is on the top of the pedal. Take one foot on the top of the chair just to the side of the center for balance. Round your spine forward and place your fingertips on the top of the chair like you’re creating a little dome with each hand. The leg on top of the chair ideally is at a 90-degree angle at the knee. Your chest might touch your leg but is shouldn’t rest on your leg. Create the longest round shape you can. Bend the pedal leg to find your start position.

Pump the pedal leg up and down while maintaining your top leg exactly where it is. Its temping that as you pump your hips lift or your head looks up or you start to rest on your top leg. Instead, use the pumps to help you connect more to your center. Pump the pedal with zest 8-10x. Eventually, you can get up to even 15x each side. However, once you’re at 15x you will want to give the full Mountain Climber a try. Once you have done both sides you can decide if your “weaker” side needs an extra round. Then place both hands on flat on the chair. Step the top leg to the pedal. Then one foot to the floor and lift the pedal up. Once the spring is closed you can step your 2nd foot to the floor and then lift your hands.


Be sure to check out more of my Wunda Chair workout videos. I want to help you continue your Pilates Wunda Chair training!

By Lesley Logan

Lesley Logan, NCPT, is the founder of OnlinePilatesClasses.com, the first free online catalogue of Pilates exercise tutorial videos, where you can also find weekly online mat classes and workshops. When not teaching from her studio in Los Angeles, Lesley can be found traveling the world leading Pilates retreats, or offering Pilates business coaching to studio owners and other instructors through her private mastermind group. Connect with Lesley on instagram @lesley.logan or through the contact page on this site.

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