Exercise #2190


2 min - Exercise


Muscle Focus: Abdominals.

Objective: Strengthening the abdominals while challenging stability on a moving carriage.

Reformer Setup: Start with one to two medium tension springs. Tension can be made heavier or lighter depending on the resistance desired. Place the longbox onto the carriage with the short end of the box against the shoulder rests. The footbar is down.

Start Position: Lie supine on the box, with the shoulders blades just off the back edge of the box, knees bent in towards the chest, head and shoulders curled in flexion, and handles in both hands. Arms will bend, bringing the wrists just above eye level with palms facing out.

Movement: Inhale as you reach both arms and legs straight up to the ceiling, legs together, maintaining the curl of the head and shoulders. Exhale as you open your arms and legs carriage width apart and circle them forward while keeping them straight. Arms and legs will reach straight to the wall in front of you, with legs gluing together. Hold for a count. Bend both knees and elbows to return to start position. Repeat two to three more times.
What You'll Need: Reformer

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May 25, 2015
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Let's take a look at the backstroke first. We're set on one red spring on the balanced body equipment and you want to make sure that you place yourself on the box in a way that when yo...

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Love the idea of detailed single exercise demonstration, with text comments. Great for teachers. Thank you PA
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Good description. I like the individual moves on the equipment being demonstrated and explained!
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Thanks for this perfect explanation. You should do it for all the reformer exercises.
Nice explanation for a difficult exercise, always have trouble teaching this one, thank you Sarah :).
You give this as a fundamental move?
Wendy -Arbuckle shows her clients shoulders ON the box for backstroke.... Your client's shoulders are OFF . . Please clarify the differences. Thank you.
Anne ~ There are many ways to do every exercise depending on your training. Both versions are correct. I recommend trying both ways to see what works better for your body. I hope this helps!
Hi Anne, Gia is spot on. With the shoulders on the box, there would be more support for upper body; therefore, if the person is unable to hold the abdominal curl needed for the exercise, there would be less stress on the neck. With the shoulders off, a person will need to maintain a solid abdominal curl in order to keep the neck tension free. Additionally, for the sake of flow, the position of shoulders is dictated by the pelvis needing to be in the correct position to roll up to teaser which would be a logical transition when appropriate. I hope this helps.
Great explanation, thanks!!!

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