Another One Bites the Dust

“Pilates is an endless journey. It can be a wonderful journey but it never ends.”     Jay Grimes

“What you don’t like, you do twice!”    Romana Kryzanowska quoting Joe Pilates

There are not many Pilates exercises that I dislike. Often more information about a particular exercise can point up how badly one executes said exercise. And by ‘badly' I only mean ‘incorrectly'. No judginess, but there is always ‘better' and, well… we've all got our issues…Such is my relationship with the Leg Springs on the Cadillac. The more you know…

My Pilates workout can be quantified by each exercise I add to my “No Longer Despised and Now Beloved” list. Now thirteen years in, I am able to welcome The Leg Springs on the Cadillac into the fold. I do not do this lightly, I assure you. I did not see this one coming. It will be a fine day indeed when Pulling Straps gets added to the list…or perhaps a cold day in hell?

Here is the list so far: 

Another One Bites the Dust

The Roll Up

…many… years… pass…

The Neck Pull

The Short Box 

The Breast Stroke (no one was more surprised than I…)

and now…

The Leg Springs

…yeah, that’s about it right now. We few, we happy few… There is a longer list of exercises that have the potential to make this list but they have not arrived just yet. These include some extension exercises and all the twisting exercises including the Snake/Twist.

The Snake/Twist is like a bad boyfriend. It never shows up when you need it, and maybe after a long absence it returns and tries to make nice for a while. It is the perfect storm for the particular imbalance in my back which means it will soon prove indispensable 🙂

Oh happy day when I induct the Snake/Twist into my Personal Pilates Hall of Fame.

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  1. Neck pull is kicks my butt and walk overs on the Cadillac. But hopefully one day it won’t feel as hard.

  2. Oh yes, I remember vividly the day the Neck Pull felt so good I gasped at the thought of liking the exercise that I had dreaded for so long. Whee!!! Walkovers on the Cadillac, love that and the walkover off the Ladder Barrel…I do need to grow a few more inches so I can make it back up on the Barrel, but it is still fun. Stay tuned, nearly close to loving the Side Kicks Kneeling…what???!!!

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