The Equipment

The basic things that you need to know about Pilates equipment at the studio. What they are. What they do. And why they’re so great!

Joseph Pilates created resistance exercise equipment, and is the original way he began to teach his method. Large apparatus such as the Reformer and Cadillac help to increase flexibility, build muscle and give feedback to the body. There is a wider variety of exercises with studio machines, and it can be more challenging than matwork – that said, you do not have to be at an advanced level to do equipment work, many people use it for rehabilitation exercises. In fact, advanced matwork can be more challenging as you can’t rely on the equipment for support.

  • Reformer: The Reformer is a spring-loaded workout system that allows you to strengthen and stretch the body, while keeping the spine supported. One of the greatest benefits of the Reformer is the feedback that you get from the equipment so that you can better understand your body and any imbalances.
  • Half Cadillac: This wall mounted system includes a combination of spring and bars that help support and guide you through various movements. Sit, stand and even lie down to work out on this extremely versatile system that covers everything from isolated movements to more complex, full body exercises.
  • Pilates Chair: Otherwise known as the Wunda Chair is simply a padded seat with a spring loaded split pedal, but what it offers is so much more. From training balance to building core strength, if used to it’s full potential, the Chair can provide a great total body workout.
  • Barrels: The arc barrel and step barrel’s curved surface creates a whole new challenge as you work with (or against) gravity on an incline or a decline, as opposed to the mat’s flat surface. Therefore, clients can target range of motion in the hips, shoulders and spine from a new perspective.