The equipment used during your Pilates session looks different from what you see in a gym. A key difference is the springs used as both resistance and assistance for your body in performing fluid movement designed to:
- increase muscular endurance, flexibility and core strength
- improve posture and breathing
Bodies by Pilates uses equipment based off of the designs of Joseph Pilates from Balanced Body.
The reformer is the most widely used piece of equipment in the Pilates group exercise setting. With the guidance of a trained instructor, the reformer can be effective for finding and correcting muscle imbalances.
The Cadillac, or sometimes called Trapeze table, is a highly versatile piece of equipment outfitted with a variety of springs and attachments. On the Cadillac, mat exercises are combined with spring tension for a truly unique workout.
For a small, seemingly simple piece of equipment – the Wunda Chair can be used for a wide variety of challenging strength exercises.
Ladder and Step Barrels
The step barrel, or sometimes called spine corrector, as well as the Ladder Barrel are great for building core strength and improving spine mobility.
Exercises on the CoreAlign®, developed by physical therapist Jonathan Hoffman, facilitate musculoskeletal rehabilitation by stimulating core stability muscles to fire in perfect timing while performing challenging exercises, deep stretches and core-controlled aerobic training.