Up Stretch
Heels off variation
Up / Down Stretch

Intent & Purpose

Up Stretch on the Reformer strengthens the upper and central body and mobilizes the shoulders and spine. The challenge is to let the limbs carry the weight of the springs, liberating the spine to articulate and undulate.


  • 2 springs
  • Footbar up
  • Gear out if needed

Key concepts

  • Articulation
  • Handstand
  • Pull Up


  • See video variations

Related exercises across the method

Every exercise in the Pilates system is a piece of a bigger puzzle. Some of these related exercises represent a change in movement orientation or direction, a regression or progression, or illuminate an individual aspect of the exercise above. Can you connect the dots? HINT: refresh the page and you may see a slightly different selection of related exercises!


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