The Pilates exercise the Push-up
This month I’m going to turn your attention to the Pilates exercise the “Push-up”. An exercise some of you love and others not so much.
The Push-up is one of a handful of exercises Joseph Pilates (JP) developed for a functional spine. The exercise hasn’t changed since JP first documented this exercise in his second publication “Return to Life Through Contrology” in 1945 (image 1: JP age 60 performing the exercise)
Rael Isacowitz a practitioner and teacher of Pilates for over 30 years classes the Push-up as an advanced exercise (image 2) taken from the publication “Pilates Anatomy”.
Inhale. TVA engaged, shoulders back and down
Exhale. Roll down through the spine imagining the vertebrae as a piece of wallpaper peeling off the wall.
If hamstring tightness prohibits placing the palms on the mat, bend the knees sufficiently to allow the body weight to be supported on the palms.
Step 2 early start position into mid start position and late start positionWalk the palms forward to the front support position (image 2)
Inhale. Bend the elbows and lower the chest forward toward the mat
Exhale. Straighten the elbows and raise the trunk to front support repeat for 3-6 more push-ups, then walk the palms back as the hips flex to return to step 2 then step 1
Imagery is used a lot in Pilates to help you imagine the way we want the body to move when performing this exercise imagine a drawbridge…
So, what’s not to love!