“I invented all these machines…. I thought, why use my strength? So I made a machine to do it for me. Look, you see it resists your movements, in just the right way, so those inner muscles really have to work against it. That way you can concentrate on the movement. You must always do it slowly and smoothly, so your whole body is in it.” – Joseph Pilates
Joseph Pilates made his exercise equipment by attaching various pulleys to hospital beds (see History of Pilates). The Pilates equipment you see and use today, such as the Reformers, Cadillac, Ladder Barrels, and Stability Chair, came from such unlikely beginning. They are specifically designed and carefully developed to optimimize the Pilates exercise system. They can be adapted to suit different levels of fitness and ability.
Why Use Pilates Equipment?
Using Pilates equipment (apparatus) greatly increases the variety of exercises available to you. There are about 250 exercises in a variety of positions that you can do on a Reformer alone (450 if combined with other apparatus), which means equipment classes provide at least five times more the number of exercises than on mat Pilates class. Pilates equipment also enables you to work more precisely and make faster progress, because using the apparatus offers greater resistance and more support for the body. In addition, equipment classes generally provide a more individualized instruction and a higher level of attention to each person’s needs.
The Reformer is one the most common Pilates apparatus, built and designed like a bed frame with the sliding carriage attached to the springs that can be adjustable to create tension and resistance and has the benefit of improving strength, flexibility, coordination and balance. Exercise using the reformer can be done in a variety ways of such as lying down, standing, sitting, kneeling, jumping and many others.
There’s a video on YouTube that shows you how a Reformer can be used.
The Cadillac is also called “Trapeze table”, using the name of the luxury car Cadillac because it is the best kind of its time with the complete accessories which allowed us to have more than 80 exercise method with the benefits of strengthening core muscles, shoulder, back muscles and other muscles and it is often use for people who unable to get on and off the floor easily, and the Cadillac can create exercise of movement in every direction.
Other Equipments in Our Studio (Accessories and Small Props not shown here)