So, all of the exercises we’ve talked about are great, but how often do we roll like a ball or sit in stomach massage position outside of Pilates class?
The last of my favorite exercises that I want to share with you is marching on the Ped-a-Pul. It’s standing and highlights any imbalance that will affect our standing, walking, climbing, etc. It’s very humbling and directly applicable to things we do all the time.
If you haven’t worked on the Ped-a-Pul, it’s the tall pole with springs hanging from it that sits mid-studio. It’s all about posture and balance.
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To do marching, you stand with your feet a little bit away from the pole, but with your sacrum, mid-back, and head against the pole – standing as tall as you can. Hands go in the handles attached to the springs and arms reach out at shoulder height, slightly in front of the shoulders. Without shifting, lift one bent leg in front of you. Set that back down, and do the same with the other side. Repeat 10 times with each leg.
The trick with this is that the pole isn’t stable, and you have to be extra stable for the pole. And any imbalances in your body will show up as a lean or twist around the pole.
It sounds so easy…
But it’s not.
Try it one of these days 🙂