Studio Equipment are large pieces of Equipment used to enhance your Pilates workout, using springs, ropes and tension. These make the muscles work harder.
What Is a Pilates Reformer?
Invented by Pilates founder Joseph Pilates, the reformer is a flat frame with a platform on it called the carriage which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs which provide different levels of resistance as the carriage is pushed or pulled along the frame. At the spring end of the reformer there is an adjustable bar called a foot bar. This can be used to support the feet or hands. The opposite end of the frame has long straps or pulleys attached with handles . These can be held by the hands or the feet. Body weight and resistance of the springs are what make the carriage more or less difficult to move.
How Is a Reformer Used?
The reformer is very versatile. Exercises can be done lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps or pushing the foot bar. All kinds of exercises are done on the reformer to promote length, strength, flexibility, and balance.
What Are the Benefits of Pilates Reformer Exercises?
The Reformer allows me to view the client within a symmetrical framework which identifies alignment imbalances.
Reformer exercise because of the use of springs and pulleys offers a way to increase all the great benefits of Pilates including overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. These things in turn lead to daily life improvements like a better posture, efficient movement and for many, relief from pain associated with physical imbalances such as back, hip and knee pain.
The reformer allows a greater range motion which is increases flexibility while building strength. Pushing and pulling with legs or arms against the resistance of the springs, carriage, and body weight is great for strength building.
The jump board can be attached to one end for cardiac workout.
This is an amazing piece of kit which allows you to jump whilst lying down so no stress on the joints at the hip and knee.
Exercising with the reformer is possible for anyone, at any level of fitness because of the various spring combinations.
What is a Pilates Combo Chair?
Like the reformer, the Pilates chair is another of Joseph Pilates' resistance exercise machines. The Pilates chair is a box structure with a seat on top with a pedal on one side that can be pressed down against the resistance of springs. Sometimes the pedal portion is divided into two parts that can be worked independently. Like the Reformer the chair can be used in all positions to exercise in whether seated, standing, side-lying or lying on your front. Being in an upright position on the chair is very functional as it simulates everyday movements.
Using a combination of the 2 pieces of equipment gives the best results. The possibilities are endless!
This is a wall mounted unit which uses different weighted springs to challenge the body in an upright standing position as well as lying and seated.
Pilates Cadillac or Trapeze table
Whether sitting, standing, kneeling or lying, the springs, bars, mat and trapeze of the Cadillac provide the most diverse Pilates experience. It challenges the body in multiple planes of motion with one apparatus.