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Published January 3, 2018

The next exercise in our series is Grasshopper.

This is good for

Developing strength and mobility through the upper back and shoulders.   

How to do Grasshopper

Pilates Can Grasshopper
  • Exhale to reach elbows towards heels, reach scapulae down and draw abs in
Pilates Can Grasshopper
  • Allow the sternum to lift and thoracic spine to move into extension. Think of lengthening the spine as you move.
  • Inhale return to start position
  • Maintain lifted abdominals throughout

Things to focus on

Ensure the abdominals are engaged/lifted throughout to provide support to the lower back. Move the head up away from the floor first, working down the spine as you lift away from the mat.


  • Ensuring the abs stay lifted to keep the back supported.
  • Getting the spine to move in sequence – lifting one vertebrae at a time.

You can do this exercise at home with minimal risk, depending on your body and any injuries you may have.

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About the author 

Claire Gunther is a PAA Principal Level Pilates Instructor with over 20 years and 20k+ hours of professional Pilates delivery experience.


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