Pilates Arm Chair Rowing Sequence with Sandy Shimoda

Arm Chair Rowing Sequence

Show Me...
Workout Tempo
Observe & Learn
Other Languages

Watch the preview

Sandy shares her tips for learning the Rowing Series using the Arm Chair. The Arm Chair is a particularly good place to start because the back of the chair creates feedback against your body and aids your alignment dynamics. Filmed at Vintage Pilates in West Los Angeles, CA.

What Others Are Saying


  1. Joyce Ulrich 2 years ago

    Lovely thank you! I love all the feedback available in this apparatus. My husband has just made one for me and it has been such a brilliant addition to my personal work and my work with others.

  2. Julie Winters
    Julie Winters 2 years ago

    Just unpacked my Gratz arm chair! Thanks for the tips, Sandy!

  3. Kalliopy Robertson 2 years ago

    Love your way of teaching

  4. Jayne O'Brien 3 years ago

    I have just got am arm chair???? so excited to try it, thank you for the helpful tips xx

  5. Kerry 4 years ago

    Hi Sandy
    So you mean that in the second variation, only the low back was touching, not thoracic or shoulder girdle? Thanks!

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Kerry – that is correct! Think of imitating the feeling on the reformer where only the low back is lightly touching the shoulder rests.

  6. Jeri_McD 4 years ago

    I have never tried an arm chair ~ what?! After watching this video I want one! In my home studio I have a reformer, wunda chair, and cadillac… next on my list is an arm chair.

  7. Sandy Shimoda Author

    Great Joel! You will see which foot position is the one that makes your client connect to their center better. The original foot position was selected because it helped Joe activate his seat, hips and low back. Be sure that if you change the foot position, you make sure the feet serve the same purpose that Joe intended. Enjoy.

  8. joelcrosby

    Thanks for shooting this brief but thorough video on the Arm Chair rowing. The different foot positions were helpful. I have clients that will work better with feet placed flat on floor. Really great reminders for me and to share with clients.

Leave a reply