Arms Pulling Straps

by STOTT PILATES on May 01, 2009


footbar position #4, ½ or 1 spring, headrest flat


Prone on box. Pelvis neutral, upper body and head relaxed forward off end of box. Legs adducted and parallel to floor. Arms straight, reaching forward as far as scapular stabilization can be maintained, holding ropes, palms facing in.

inhale   slide scapulae down, pull arms down and back to start moving carriage out and lengthen spine to neutral
exhale   continue to pull arms back, hands to hip level, and extend upper spine, palms facing in
inhale   reach arms toward floor to start to return carriage, and lengthen spine to neutral
inhale   reach arms forward to fully return carriage allowing upper body to relax off end of box

Complete 5 repetitions.


Target Muscles: transversus abdominis to compress abdomen and stabilize lumbo-pelvic region; deep pelvic floor to aid in firing transversus; obliques to stabilize lumbo-pelvic region; gluteus maximus and hamstrings to stabilize pelvis on femurs; scapular stabilizers, to prevent scapulae elevating mid and upper erector spinae concentrically to extend spine, eccentrically on return; latissimus dorsi, teres major and posterior deltoids concentrically to extend shoulders, eccentrically on return

Sequencing: initiate thoracic extension with stabilization of scapulae

Toning Balls

Place a 2lb Toning Ball between the ankles during the Arms Pulling Straps series. This will help engage the adductors and bring awareness to pelvic stability and lower-body positioning.

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