Wall Pilates is the latest twist on the traditional mat Pilates we all know and love. It involves using the wall as your primary prop, blending the principles of Pilates with the support and resistance of the wall. Imagine a vertical mat class, where the wall becomes your floor, adding an extra challenge and dimension to classic moves. Sound intriguing? Take a deeper look at this easy and convenient workout trend.
Benefits of Wall Pilates
There’s good reason why so many fitness enthusiasts are turning to wall pilates to tone and strengthen their bodies. Here are some of the popular benefits of this type of workout:
- Enhanced Support: The wall provides stability, making it easier to understand and perfect your alignment.
- Improved Resistance: Working against the wall intensifies each movement, amping up the muscle burn.
- Better Balance: The vertical challenge means your core gets a killer workout, enhancing balance and posture.
- Versatility: Whether a newbie or a Pilates pro, the wall can be used to modify or intensify your workout – no equipment required!
- Engaging the Forgotten Muscles: Some hard-to-reach muscles get a spotlight when using the wall as your prop.
Popular Wall Pilates Exercises
Ready to give it a go? Here are some of popular wall pilates exercises to get you started:
Wall Roll Down
Perfect for stretching your spine and engaging the core.
- Starting Position: Stand with your back against the wall. Your feet should be hip-width apart and positioned about a foot away from the wall. Arms are at your sides.
- Action: Begin by tucking your chin to your chest.
- Roll Down: Slowly and sequentially roll your spine away from the wall, one vertebra at a time, bending forward. Your hands will naturally move towards the floor.
- Roll Up: Begin to reverse the movement, stacking your spine back onto the wall one vertebra at a time, lifting your head up last.
A twist on the classic, the wall plank challenges your upper body and core strength.
- Starting Position: Face the wall. Place your hands on the wall, shoulder-width apart, at chest height.
- Action: Walk your feet backward until you’re in an inclined plank position.
- Hold: Keep your body in a straight line from head to heels. Engage your core and hold. Ensure that your shoulders, elbows, and wrists are aligned.
Slide your leg up and down the wall. Sounds easy? Think again!
- Starting Position: Lie on your back with your hips close to the wall, feet flat on the wall and knees bent.
- Action: Engage your core. Slowly slide one leg up the wall, keeping it straight.
- Return: Slide it back down.
- Repeat: Perform the movement with the other leg.
Target those arms and shoulders while getting some core action.
- Starting Position: Face the wall. Place your hands on the wall slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
- Action: Bend your elbows and lower your body towards the wall.
- Push Off: Straighten your elbows, pushing yourself back to the starting position. Ensure that you move your body as one unit, keeping your core engaged.
Wall Squats with Arm Reaches
Get your legs burning and work those shoulders at the same time.
- Starting Position: Stand with your back against the wall. Your feet should be forward, hip-width apart.
- Squat: Slide down the wall until your knees are bent at a 90-degree angle, like you’re sitting in an imaginary chair.
- Arm Reach: As you squat, extend your arms straight in front of you at shoulder height.
- Return: Slide back up the wall, lowering your arms back to your sides.
Always remember to maintain proper form and consult with a fitness instructor if unsure. If you experience any pain or discomfort, stop immediately and consult a professional.
Try It Today!
Wall Pilates: A trend? Maybe. But with its unique challenges and benefits, it’s a trend we’re more than happy to embrace. Get ready, set, and meet you at the wall!