Standing Press Down Straight Leg on the Wunda Chair

An amazing combo of Spine Stretch Forward, Single Straight Leg Stretch and Shoulder Roll Down. But probably more challenging than all of those combined!

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Equipment Needed: Wunda Chair (I love using the Balanced Body Wunda Chair.)
  • Reps: 3-5 each leg
  • Warning: May not be ideal for some back issues.
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Standing Press Down Straight Leg on the Wunda Chair

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Standing Press Down with straight legs on the Pilates Wunda Chair is basically an amazing combo of Spine Stretch Forward, Single Straight Leg Stretch and Shoulder Roll Down. However, it's probably more challenging than all of those combined! It requires a ton of coordination, as well as an an equal balance of strength and stretch. If you press down too fast or hard with the leg, you'll lose your balance. Round too far forward or too fast and you'll lose your balance. So, while it looks a bit easy, don't let this exercise fool you. It's work.

Reach through your standing leg, hug your outer hip in and lift tall.

Stand facing your Wunda Chair pedal with one middle spring on. Measure two of your feet distance away from the chair and stand with your heels together and toes slightly apart. This will give you more surface area to stand on. Stretch one leg forward and place the arch/side of your foot on the pedal. Your leg is slightly turned out so it's not the side of your foot and it's not the entire arch of your foot. Press both hands behind your head and your head into your hands. Make sure your standing leg is rooted and hip is hugging in.

Simultaneously round forward as your pedal leg presses the pedal down and back (do not move the chair itself). Only press the pedal down as long as your spine is rounding and only round forward as long as you are pressing. Do not press the pedal all the way down! It's really easy to lose your balance. Lift the pedal as you stack your spine. Repeat 3-5x each side. If one leg struggles more than another repeat on that side. In the future, do that leg first then your other leg and repeat back on that first side.


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