written by Tiffany Mortimer, Pure Pilates Instructor
Want to work on your Pilates pushup but struggle with “up”? Start building strength in your chest or pectoral muscles by focusing only on the eccentric movement of the pushup, the lowering down.
Come into a plank (or knee plank) and bend the elbows and start to lower your body down to the mat for a count of 5-6, pause at the bottom and then lower all the way to the ground. Come back up to the plank and repeat. By building strength in this direction first you can then work up to a full pushup.