Chest Opening Push Thru Bar

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If you are dealing with tightness in your ribcage, upper back, neck, chest or shoulders the Push Thru Bar could be your ticket to freedom. This apparatus can be incredibly effective at supporting and creating extension in the thoracic spine, particularly when practiced with the attention to detail, correct alignment and hands on assistance that Kathi Ross Nash shares here. Kathi herself used this series to recover her upper body flexibility when an illness caused her to lose her ability to backbend. Exercises taught on Cadillac include: Teaser with Push Thru Bar, Reverse Push Thru, Swan, Seated Mermaid, Push Thru, Sitting Tower, Shoulder Roll Up, Kneeling Mermaid, Kneeling Press Down; Standing Exercises taught at end of Cadillac: Seated Mermaid, Standing Press Down, Standing Mermaid, Standing Neck Strengthener (2 variations), Bicep Curl. For info on training with Kathi visit:

What Others Are Saying


  1. Tova Apollo 5 months ago

    I loved this, and Kathy Ross Nash. If you want to learn Pilates in detail then this is your teacher. Thank you

  2. Kayfenton
    Kayfenton 11 months ago

    Thank you so much
    your an amazing teacher
    cant wait to practice this one

  3. Chazknight86 2 years ago

    Wow Kathi! Your videos are transforming my teaching. Thank you so much ????

  4. Hugo 3 years ago

    16:01 “Squeeza the po-po!, got it! Lynn Anne rocks!

  5. StaceyHayley 3 years ago

    This is great and there are so many helpful hints for teaching. Thank you. More importantly though, that outfit, those shoes??? Amazing!!

  6. PILATESDURHAM 4 years ago

    Great! Thanks for the tips. Seems I have work to do that I’d kept swept under the carpet! lol! X

  7. PILATESDURHAM 4 years ago

    Ok. So my neck has been painful lately from tech neck. Nothing has helped release the spasm I woke up with 48 hours ago…until I did this workout! Wow! An hour with Kathi & Lyn Ann & I feel human again! Thank you. I shall practice like taking prescribed medicine (and also try not to spend so long surfing on my phone). PS I got totally stuck trying the Rolling Like a Ball on the push thru bar – any tips to help me ‘find’ whatever I need to get over the hump? Feels like I’m on a roller coaster & can’t get over the top of the ride in order to zoom down the other side…if you get my meaning??

    • Kathi Ross Nash Author

      LOL yes- that exercise is a TRUTH teller! Back track and open the upper back more with a spine corrector or mini barrel for a few weeks and strengthen the Powerhouse with some teasers on the Wunda along to add joy to the suffering. Then go back and try it. remember to give your self time to open the upper back and work the Powerhouse before trying again!

  8. atmock 6 years ago

    Thank you for my workout today, Kathi. I should be doing this every week. Love the work and love you! See you in July!!! ~Aubrey

  9. Femke 6 years ago

    Your love and passion for the work is totally infectious Kathi, watching you teach is wonderful – you really get such beautiful movement out of the body in front of you and Lynn Anne rocked. Her back moved like a beautiful wave in her end standing stretches. Hope you come to London some time (

    • Kathi Ross Nash Author

      Thank you soon very very much!!!!!!!! and I WILL come to London- 2016 i am set to visit! but my Brooke is there nowise it may become a second home

  10. hojnikova
    hojnikova 6 years ago

    Loved this one!
    Thank you.

  11. Jon Hawkins

    That was just delicious, I have a new Pilates crush! Looking forward to trying out more of your classes.

    • Kathi Ross Nash Author

      Blushing!!! Honestly so happy for the feed back! I love this work and sharing it with others who are as passionate as i am really fills my soul!

  12. Suebelle
    Suebelle 7 years ago

    YUM! Can we do this? Please!

  13. realinepilates

    Thank you! Incredible cueing!!!!!

  14. soul_eil

    Another OMG workout from you, you never disappoint…I am always inspired by watching you. My shoulders loved this and so did my abs;)

  15. LKVB 8 years ago

    Only Kathi can wear her red super hero costume with heels and teach such an amazing push thru series. I’m Inspired again to teach with such passion. Thank you!!!!!! Love the mermaid twists too.

  16. Reb 8 years ago

    Kath, please come to Paris!

  17. Kathi Ross Nash Author

    that would be wonderful! were do you live? I can let you know where I will be teaching! hopefully close to you!

    • joelcrosby

      My studio is in Duluth, GA (Atlanta area). Please let me know if you will be in the area or in a neighboring state.

  18. joelcrosby

    I really enjoyed watching this. I would love to come to one of your workshops sometime.
    Thanks for sharing you knowledge and experience.

    • Michele Camenzuli-Miller 1 year ago

      I tried this workout after a long week of working at a desk and teaching Pilates. It had been a long week and I felt extremely tight in my upper back and it was causing me neck pain and general back pain. After this workout, I legit feel taller, more open and less tight through my chest. It feels as if someone massaged underneath my collar bones and down onto my breast bones. Which may sound terrible for some but it is magical for me. I have also discovered that I need way more serratus strength and thoracic mobility. I see many more sessions with seated mermaid, breathing and side arm on the rollback bar!!!
      Thanks for the workout.
      PS. Loved that yummy stretch kneeling with the push thru bar and dropping the chest onto the cadillac. (or at least attempting to drop the chest:)

  19. Ohhh Kathi, I need this SO much!!! I must come to see you very, very soon!!!!

  20. At the end of this, I ask myself, how can Kathi be even more amazing and fantastic than usual? The enjoyment and exuberance in both teaching and taking instruction in this video seems exceptional. Such great interaction between teacher and client, some real work being done here, this is a favorite.

  21. Ynowak 8 years ago

    The Teaser Push Thru explanation was awesome.

  22. mlmllm68 8 years ago

    I LOVE this class . For me it is a workshop .I’m a fan of you.
    Just I would like to know if I have keep this following or can I change the order of exercises?
    Just wonderful! I keep this workout for me.

    • Kathi Ross Nash Author

      you can change the order- anytime you are on the support apparatus you choice what suits your body
      when and where you put it is your personal choice!

  23. Reb 8 years ago

    Loved this workout! I have never seen the kneeling “cat” stretch before. Is it actually called that? Thank you so much for this lesson and kudos to Lynn Anne.

  24. Kathi Ross Nash Author

    yes this is the tippy toe thing- LOL
    the extension of the top of the foot actually forces you to use your stomach more…

  25. lghammerle

    Thanks Kathi for sharing those amazing stretches. I feel the need to go do the sitting tower now!

  26. joesmat 8 years ago

    This is really interesting associating the exercises on the apparatus with the appropriate mat exercises. You talked about “flexing your feet down as in Rolling like a Ball” at the beginning, do I assume correctly you were speaking about the oppositional pull through the toes ( i.e., you wanted the feet pointed)?
    In the Romana DVD’s -mat – she speaks about “tippy(sp!) toes” in Rolling like a Ball – again I think this is what she was speaking about?
    Thank you indeed.

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