Like its counterpart on the Reformer, it’s working the legs parallel and working the feet in a different way than most exercises.
The key is not about how low the pedal can go but whether you can square your hips off as you move the pedal with only one leg.
Single Leg Stretch also known as Single Leg Pull on the Wunda Chair is a fun and challenging way to explore this Mat Pilates exercise.
We actually reach through our heels in many exercises on the Mat like the Roll Up or Elephant on the Reformer.
You will learn how much you lean into one side, if you can keep the connections when you lose the spring and if you let the springs push you around.
Do this exercise from the right place and you’ll feel the standing leg and your center working harder than the working leg to move and resist the spring.
The Neck Stretcher’s tiny spring might have you think it’s easy but you’ll quickly learn how much power that spring has to challenge your body’s connection.
This doesn’t just require strength but coordination as well. Like all exercises in Pilates, you need to focus on the return more than the lunge itself.
This classical Pilates exercise is not necessary for everyone and should be done with care and caution. It’s a challenge for connecting your entire spine.
This exercise will teach the reach and strength you need in exercises like Rowing 2, Bicep Curls on the Cadillac, Handstand on the Ladder Barrel and more.
When you look at this exercise it might not look difficult or necessary. Once you start to do move you will quickly learn where you’re not connecting.
This exercise is not one you want to learn your backbends. It’s one you want to challenge them with. Go slow for one or two to learn then get your flow on.
Rolling In and Out will bring together and challenge what you know from Chest Expansion, Thigh Stretch, Push Thru and more and make you flow it.
Long Back Arms connects you to your back and advances your Pilates practice by opening your chest. You’ll learn to stand in your legs and strengthen your back.
Make Thigh Stretch harder and skip the “back up” after Chest Expansion. To make it easier, back away a little more than suggested to get more spring tension.
This version will help challenge and strengthen your Side Bend on the Mat and also teach your hips some information they need for your Side Kicks.
In this version your legs are bent and both arms are working. Use this to train your side bends, your two-way stretch and challenge your arm back connection.
Rolling Stomach Massage combines the fun of Rolling Like a Ball, the stretch of Short Spine Massage and it literally elevates your Shoulder Bridge.
Breathing also reveals if we are ready for exercises such as Shortspine, Overhead, Roll Over, Jackknife and other exercises where we must lift our hips up.