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How is a chair used in Pilates?

The Pilates chair is a piece of exercise equipment used for specific pilates movements. While there are a few variations, the classic Pilates chair has a padded seat and a side bar, pedals, and resistance springs and is used for balance and strength exercises that maintain focus on developing the core. An example of a popular chair Pilates exercise is called the tendon stretch. To do this, place feet on pedals with hands on seat. Bend over chair with head down and body in shape of a candy cane. Draw up on your abdominals bringing the pedals off of the chair base. Tuck tailbone down, and use low abs and back to return to the floor. There are a variety chair classes offered for beginners to advanced students.

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