The Pilates System: The Push Down and the Push Up

Push Down on the Wunda Chair

Life is full of moments of up and down.

Ever notice how often you have to bend over and pick something up?

You may not notice until it's not possible for some reason.

The Pilates exercises are exaggerated versions of everyday movements. Your Pilates practice allows you to repeat and refine your exercises and encourage them to infiltrate into your daily life.

You have many exercises that teach you how to properly bend forward.

But I bet they're not your favorites.

The Roll Up

All roads lead back to the Roll Up, don't they?

The Roll Up is a foundational exercise that teaches us how to bend forward and how to sit up from a lying-down position. That doesn't mean it's easy to do. Luckily, the Pilates method gives us an entire system of Roll-Ups-in-disguise to work on the skills of bending over and sitting up.

Today I've chosen 5 exercises:

  • Push Down on the Wunda Chair
  • Push Ups on the Mat
  • Push Up #3 on the Wunda Chair
  • Rolling Back on the Cadillac
  • Reverse Push Through on the Cadillac

In my Pilates practice, I find it helpful to work on the bending over skill to better my sitting up skill. They are a great help to one another. The vertical position helps me find the lift necessary for a successful Roll Up experience all around the Pilates Studio.

Enjoy this short workout. Afterward, return to your Roll Up on the Mat and watch the magic happen!

How'd you do?

Share your successes in a comment below.

On the 31st Day of March MATness Joe Pilates gave to me…

On the 31st Day of March MATness Joe Pilates gave to me...

The Push Up!

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