Getting to know the Pilates reformer equipment
When first starting Pilates training it can be daunting seeing all the equipment for the first time. People often comment it looks similar to torture apparatus or even S&M machines!
The Pilates Reformer
The Reformer is probably the most famous piece of Joseph Pilates equipment.
It is essentially a bed-like frame with a padded flat platform that you lay on. This moves forwards and backwards and is connected to a set of weighted springs to work against you with resistance to build your own strength.
It may seem rather complicated when you first begin but believe me it is extremely versatile and literally 100’s of exercises can be performed on it laying down, standing up and kneeling.
The Reformer works the whole body including your legs, arms, back and stomach. It is an excellent tool to build strength, flexibility and posture.
The Pilates Chair
The Chair is similar looking to a bench but with springs attached. It works by pushing your weight on the platform while either standing, kneeling or sitting either on the floor or on this platform.
The Chair gives an intensive workout which is gaining popularity and attention.
Legend has it that Joseph Pilates got the idea for the Pilates Circle after playing around with the steel ring on a cognac keg!
It is a circular metal piece of equipment with two cushioned handles on either side. It is used to tone the inner thighs and legs and also the chest and arms.
It is fantastic for strength and flexibility and assists in the activation and isolation of different muscle groups. It is also a lot of fun, light weight and easy to carry.
The Pilates Arc Barrel
The half moon shape of this piece of equipment lends itself well for adapting some of the mat work repertoire to either aid or challenge the client. It challenges the body through different planes of movement and can be used with many, many exercises to tone and strengthen.