March MATness Day 31: Pushup

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For our very last day of March MATness, the very bottom of Pilates’ list of original exercises, I give you a cue from the very bottom of our bodies.  Think TOES.

When your client has found his or her perfect plank position, remembering the pelvic tilt and glute wrap from our previous post, draw the attention to the toes.  Cue the client to use the toes to initiate a slight forward movement so that the body shifts forward an inch or two.  Then initiate the pushup with a suggestion that the client try to touch the elbows to the hip bones.  The slight forward shift of the body makes this elbow-hip connection plausible in the client’s mind and the attempt to create the connection ensures that the client is using the proper “elbows back” technique for the Pilates Pushup.

Phew!  We made it!  Are you as exhausted as I am?  Turns out, Joe’s original mat work is just as awesome as we’ve always known it to be. Why else would there be so much interest and study around his work?  I hope everyone has enjoyed the daily cues this month.  I have loved getting back to the root of it all and understanding a bit more about the movements and exercises that have inspired so so many since the mid-20th century.  Not surprisingly, I need a little break – as I’m sure you do too! – so hang tight and keep an eye out for the next cue in a week or two!

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