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Join Simona for all of your favorite Wunda exercises along with some rarely seen moves that will challenge your body and get you using your head (literally!). Along the way, Simona's direct and encouraging approach will help you get more out of each move. Visit Simona at her studio The Art of Control at SUNY Purchase.

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  1. Dolores Coeck 5 years ago

    Great workout! Love it! Thanks

  2. joesmat 5 years ago

    Hello Alisa:
    1.What is the purpose and reasoning for the very low level Teaser on the Wunda Chair, with the arms behind heel of the hands on the pedal. Looks like it will hit your hip flexors a lot?

    2. The transition from Standing at the side to the front of the Wunda Chair, arms raised up in line with the shoulders, bend the knees, and maintaining this position lower your knees (together) to the mat, and then take the position with hand on the pedal etc. Can this same transition be used Traditionally to lower to the mat, instead of crossing one foot in front of the other, although you would have to do it from the back of the mat and sweep the legs out in front once you were down on your knees? And again would it be Traditional to use the same technique to come up to standing, as they did here when they completed the exercise?

    3. Pressing the pedal down with your forehead hands behind is nice, again, we do this on that mat. Not often seen though as you indicate in the introduction.

    4. Teaser on the Wunda Chair then reach one arm up and other arm behind to press the pedal down, but, keep the pelvis flat, and rotation in the torso as you reach the top arm overhead. Any reason why we cannot take it to the mat, with a slight adjustment of the arm behind?

    5. Pull Up with one arm, other arm out to the side looks challenging – The Gentleman looked very controlled. Great.

    The young Lady has excellent postural awareness – As seen in her Teaser with legs on the chair and pressing down with the pedal, and lifts the legs off the chair momentarily. Not easy at all I imagine!

    Great JackKnife by the young man with his hand holding onto either end of the pedal – Straight UP! Not so easy!
    I imagine these two fine Pilates people are Ms Simona Cipriani’s Pride & Joy! Students

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Hi Colin,

      I think Simona could answer these questions as well as I but since you addressed this to me, I’ll give you my notes:

      1) Yes this exercise will work your hip flexors. It’s actually a very advanced move for that reason because if you aren’t yet able to use your body in a balanced way, that muscle group will take over.

      2) You can use that transition to get to the mat but it creates an extra movement to sweep your legs around to the front and that goes against the point of Pilates transitions–minimum of motion.

      3) This is a fun exercise and makes you use your head :).

      4) Try it out and share with us! It would be great to know your experience of how this feels.

      5) Yes this is a challenging variation of Pull Up.

      Thanks for your comments!

      • joesmat 5 years ago

        Thank you Alisa for your reply to my enquiries.
        I always seek ways to take the Apparatus movements to the mat.
        Again thank you for your interest and support.

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