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How To: The Teaser

Instructor: Kristine Chaussard
Level: All Levels

Focus :

The teaser focuses on the core and hip flexors.

Equipment Needed :     

Reformer and the long box.

Exercise Level Rating :     

This exercise is considered an intermediate level exercise. But this tutorial is FOR EVERYONE! 😉

The Course of this Class :    

The Teaser is a challenging exercise, also more widely known as a “v-sit” in the fitness and gym world. In Pilates we go further by asking the client to extend their legs as a long lever when lifting and holding that v-sit position. This requires the spine to be flexible, particularly the lumbar spine. If you have a “stiff” back you will want to work on foam rolling that out to release the muscles in the low back so that you are able to tuck the tail bone underneath you. This is key in the teaser. We also develop the ability to move our pelvis over our leg bones as opposed to moving the two together as one. This is excellent for the health of the hip capsule. Today, we will cover all of this and notably what makes the teaser different on the Reformer as opposed to the mat. For walking through the teaser on the mat, please see the below tutorial.


Pilates depends on certain technical foundations, understanding these better will set you up for success in your practice; protect you from injuring yourself; as well as teach you the best alignment your body can achieve! Plus, practicing with the right form, you’ll get A TON more out of the exercise, your level will increase quickly if you stick to it, and so will your results!

See also these Tutorials/How To’s :

How To: The Backstroke, How To: The Horseback, How To: The Elephant, How To: The Jackknife, How To: The Roll Over, How To: The Short Spine, How To: The Long Spine

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