Hi Benjamin, this is wonderful, thank you. I do have a question for you---I am barely 5'3", and to put my foot on the foot bar then try to reach the shoulder block is a big stretch for me, literally :). I've been practicing by keeping my feet on the foot plate instead. Do you have a better idea/suggestion for short people to work on this progression? thank you so much!
Brenda - thanks for your question! It all depends a little on the type of apparatus you are working on. If possible, bring the carriage into negative gear (so that its start position is closer to the footbar) and perhaps play around with placing both hands on the carriage if the shoulder blocks are out of reach and the foot plate / frame doesn't provide you with a decent surface to stand on - otherwise using the foot plate would be a good way to express this movement. Let me know if that helps (and especially if it doesn't :))
Thank you so much; I have Balanced Body reformers,and one of them at my studio is their clinical reformer which has great capacity for adjusting the carriage position--I'll try it on that one. I just tried it on my home reformer with both hands on the carriage---yes!! That small adjustment makes all the difference, thank you! I'm excited to finally be working on this movement----such an awesome progression!