Single Leg Pull Up on the Wunda Chair

In Pilates, there is a down reach and an up reach. Or a down stretch and an up stretch. You cannot do an exercise without having both!

  • Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced
  • Equipment Needed: Wunda chair
  • Reps: 3 on each side
  • Warning: May not be suitable for some shoulder or back issues
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Single Leg Pull Up on the Wunda Chair

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If you love the Pull Ups on the Pilates Wunda Chair and you want to see how much you're using your body evenly, then give the Single Leg Pull Ups a go! You can do this with any level of springs you want. But you will discover very quickly which leg is doing all the work. In Pilates, there is a down reach and an up reach. Or a down stretch and an up stretch. You cannot do an exercise without having both! By taking one leg off you can see which side of your body needs a little more down reach!

Only lift as high as you can stay in control of the springs.

In general, you start with one top spring and one bottom spring. You can play with the spring setting to make this even harder if you want. With both feet on the pedal to start, heels together and toes apart, place your hands on the back of the chair. Shoulders should be over wrists. Be mindful that you do not lean beyond your wrists to help lift the pedal. Once you have your set up, hug your legs together, feel your seat turn on and shoulders set up on your back. Then you can take one foot off the pedal and it can reach down just past the pedal.

After you have your one leg reach down and off the pedal, continue to lift your center to help lift the pedal. Only lift as high as you can maintain control of the springs. To return, lower the pedal part way and lift back up 2-3 more times. Return the pedal to the floor to switch your legs and repeat on the second side. If you notice that one leg needs a little more coaching than the other repeat on that leg. Then go ahead and give your two-legged Pull Up a go!


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