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How to Do the Leg Pull-Up in Pilates

Learn how to do the leg pull-up, an advanced Pilates Mat exercise, from Core Pilates NYC instructor Sarah Ruback in this Howcast workout video.

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This is leg pull up which follows leg pull down.

So, to set up you'll bring, you come to seated then bring your hands behind your back. Now your fingers will face your seat. Prior to this our fingers have faced the other way.

The reason is that when your hands face for you towards your hips it's for weight bearing exercises. And things like can-can and hip circles the arms are actually not being weighted. You're actually actively lifting your chest up. That's very different than what you'll see here.

So, extend your legs nice and long and lift your hips. And as you can see this is weight bearing. All of her weight is being supported by these wrists. Okay.

Lift your right leg up toward the ceiling Pilates stance and lower the leg down. And lift the leg up on an inhale, exhale lower. Inhale lift and exhale lower.

Engage your inner thighs. Begin engaging your lower abdominals to stabilize the hips. One more to each side here Madeline. And up and down. Last time. Hold it here.

Now slowly resist your hips back towards the mat and come back up to seated. And that's leg pull up.

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