Pause for Pilates: Elephant Walking

Elephant Walking is an advanced non traditional Pilates exercise.

Working deeply through the abdominals, spine, hamstrings and calf muscles.

Clients are advised to be experienced in Pilates Roll Downs and have the ability to keep the abdominals scooped towards the spine whilst in a challenging flexed position.

It is crucial to not ‘lock’ the knee or elbow joints and to ensure the head remains ‘ hung’ to keep it free from tension.

As the client endeavours to walk from heel to toe on one foot as the palm on the same side walks forwards; a strong stretch up the back of the calf and hamstrings is usually experienced.

Lengthening the spine in an ‘up and over’ posture whilst elephant walking helps to prevent the exercise from collapsing and releases tension in the lower back.
Challenging and rewarding.

All video footage is aimed at existing clients with a solid understanding of core stability, lateral breathing and good Pilates alignment.

If you are not familiar with these then please contact Victoria before attempting the exercises exhibited here.

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