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How to Do High Scissors in Pilates

Learn how to do high scissors, an advanced Pilates Mat exercise, from Core Pilates NYC instructor Sarah Ruback in this Howcast workout video.


Next is high scissors. Which occurs after neck pull in the intermediate mat sequence. So, you'll start with your legs out to 45 degrees. Inhale then exhale. Bring your legs up overhead in a jackknife position. Then bring your hands behind your hips and hug your elbows underneath you. From here, lower your right leg to 45 degrees and try to create a long angle from your toe, through the hip, through the shoulder. And then you'll switch legs, and switch. Unlike previous scissors we've done, this is just a single stretch because the double pulsing could disturb the neck. So, it's important that the scissoring just doesn't happen over the head. That's pretty easy. The goal is to keep stretching the far leg long, challenging your balance. That's it Madelyn. One more to each side here. Now bring both legs back up and together. Lower your arms down to the mat. Breathe in. Then breathe out and articulate your spine towards the mat, and bend your knees back towards your chest. And that's high scissors.

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