The Pilates System: Teaser on the Cadillac

The Pilates System: Teaser on the Cadillac

Hello there my lovelies!

Thanks for joining me for yet another post in my Teaser series.

Today we've got perhaps the Method's finest: Teaser on the Cadillac avec Push Thru Bar (PTB).

It's 2 Exercises in 1!

The Teaser on the Cadillac is brilliantly 2 exercises in 1.

Part 1: Upper Body Reach

From the lift in the waist all the way up to your fingertips, the upper body must learn to connect into the deeper back muscles.

What luck!

We've got a brilliant way to work on just that.

(Many, in fact.)

Begin lying down, arms overhead with hands firmly gripping the PTB. Note you also have the luxury of the mat behind you for feedback and support.

With hands on the apparatus – PTB – push into the bar as it starts to move toward you. In this way we can connect our fingertips into the deeper back muscles.

With our backs against the mat we can tangibly feel what's going on (or not going on) behind us.

Never let the spring push you around! This must be your Pilates mantra.

Part 1 is lovely for lots of folks whether they'll continue to the full-on Teaser or not.

To recap:

  • Set up your position under the PTB.
  • Pull in your stomach, exhale and drop your ribs: get as much of your back on the mat as you can.
  • With a firm grip on the bar resist! as it moves toward you bending your arms.
  • Do not let the spring push you.
  • Sustain this connection as the bar changes direction to move upward.
  • You should not lose control of the bar – it should not accelerate!

Part 2: Teaser options

Using the helpful lift of the PTB you've got several options for your Teaser, depending on who you are.

You can work just the upper body.

The Pilates System: Teaser on the Cadillac

Or you can explore your full-on Teaser here.

The Pilates System: Teaser on the Cadillac

You can lift the lower body with the legs straight a la Teaser 3.

If necessary you can begin in the Frog and reach out to your angle as you roll up.

The Pilates System: Teaser on the Cadillac

Okay you've made it up to your Teaser, so now what?

You've got a few options here as well. Traditionally you'll complete your Teaser 3x.

You've even got an optional “dismount.”

One Potential Sequence for Teaser on the Cadillac

  • Begin with Part 1 to arrive at your Teaser.
  • Roll up to your Teaser.
  • Lift your back and bend your arms 3x a la Shave on the Reformer. Your back should not sink when your arms bend.
  • Roll down.

The Pilates System: Teaser on the Cadillac

  • Roll up to your Teaser a second time. Keep the arms straight and the back lifted.
  • Lower and lift your legs 3x a la Teaser 2.
  • Roll down.

The Pilates System: Teaser on the Cadillac

  • Return to your Teaser for a 3rd and final time. Here you've got some options:
  • Alternate – arms bend 1x, legs lower 1x. Repeat 3x.
  • Roll down.


  • All together now! Bend arms and lower legs together and then lift everything up.
  • Repeat 3x.

What was that about a dismount??

Let's put it all to the test. You've completed 3 Teasers and you're ready to move on.

  • Use the lift of your back to reach up and return the PTB without a sound.

The Pilates System: Teaser on the Cadillac

Both arms reach to up to the sky and the toward the toes to finish on your own – unassisted – in your beautiful Teaser.


Check out this short video tutorial for more info and tips for a perfect Boomerang ending.

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The Pilates System: A Brief Tutorial on the TEASER!

The Pilates System: A Brief Tutorial on the TEASER!

For Tessa

Welcome to a special Teaser Tuesday Edition of the blog!

The Teaser is our most iconic Pilates exercise. Perhaps the Hundred is slightly more infamous but many a Pilates student wears a successful Teaser like a mark of valor.

The Hundred is tolerated, but you can talk smack if you've got a killer Teaser.

I love this exercise. It feels good to fully embody your oppositional forces, doesn't it?

I'll trade my fondness for writing ‘2-way stretch' for a new favorite: global stretch of the back of the body.

Oh God, that's good.

Even typing it made my back feel a weensy bit delish.

You too can be an apparatus!

First a bit of a tangent (not a tangent).

In a recent post I talked about how to be your own Spine Corrector.

The skills we learn on each piece of Pilates apparatus work their way into our bodies. Joe Pilates is training us, right?

We use the apparatus to get support and assistance to do our exercises. Whatever we get to touch and contact we must use to our advantage.

OMG it's the premise of our beloved Pilates method!

I've been traveling for the last few months. Subsequently I do many, many Mat workouts.

Sometimes even on the Mat – essentially bereft of apparatus – we do get to touch something.


Well that came out wrong…

The Pilates System: A Brief Tutorial on the TEASER!

See? It's reminiscent of an apparatus…

The Pilates System: A Brief Tutorial on the TEASER!

Sure I've found the hand touching the Mat to be helpful, but surely that one on my head can help out?

The Pilates System: A Brief Tutorial on the TEASER!

All those hands-behind-the-head moves just might help me sit up taller and figure out where my head sits on top of my body!

The Pilates System: A Brief Tutorial on the TEASER!

This hand position is particular. Let's help it connect us to our center too.

Yes I've got all the skills and info I find on every apparatus in the studio built right into my body.

And then there's the apparatus called the Reformer.



1 a plan to reform the system: improve, better, make better, ameliorate, refine, alter, make alterations to, change, adjust, make adjustments to, adapt, amend, revise, reshape, refashion, redesign, restyle, revamp, rebuild, reconstruct, remodel, reorganize.

2 after his marriage he reformed: mend one's ways, change for the better, turn over a new leaf, improve.

Pilates: Things that make you go “Hmmm…”

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Join me in Mödling, Austria just 20 minutes from the capital city of Vienna. This is an event not to be missed! I'll be offering lessons, mat classes and workshops. Workshops include: The Teaser: The Truth will PrevailOn the Order of the Pilates Mat Exercises and 3 Chairs + 3 Barrels = 2-way Stretch and more.

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