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Pilates Equipment

The Pilates Method integrates the use of a variety of equipment, most of which was developed by Joseph Pilates. Each is used for different muscles and exercises.  The ones listed below are the most commonly used.

Equipment Description Exercises Done
Cadillac
‘The Rack’
The Cadillac is a padded platform on top of a table, on which stands a cage-like metal frame with various adjustable parts such as: bars, straps, levers, and springs.

How it works:

Through the use of springs, the Pilates Cadillac works targeted muscles. Beginners may perform spring assisted sit-ups, while more advanced practitioners can do highly acrobatic workout.

80+ Different Exercises addressing:

  • Core abdominal muscles
  • Spinal flexibility
  • Back strengthening
  • Shoulder rotation
  • Total body stretching
Pilates Mat A more economical piece of equipment than some others, the Pilates Mat provides you with a secure, comfortable surface, allowing you to relax and focus on your workout, rather than worrying about slipping around. Pilates mat workouts are often done in larger groups, and are thus much more accessible. Thickness varies from 1.5 to 6mm thick – anything over 6mm is unstable. Standard size is 6 foot, and standard width is about 24 inches.

How it works: Mat classes emphasize the key principles of breathing, body positioning, and movement integration. Exercises use flexion, extension, lateral flexion and rotation.

35+ Different Exercises developing:

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Coordination
  • Mental awareness
Pilates Ring The modern Pilates ring is based on the original Magic Circle. The Pilates Ring is great for workouts at home and while travelling. The Pilates ring is typically 15″ in diameter and is made from flexible plastic, with a soft, rubberized shell and padded handles on both the inside and the outside.

How it works: With your torso stable, the variable tension in the springs gently works your peripheral limbs through a full range of motion. It is a joint-friendly and non-impact workout.

50+ Different Exercises improving:

  • Muscle tone
  • Endurance
  • Coordination
  • Balance

Muscles worked:

  • Chest
  • Upper arms
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Pelvic floor
Reformer The Pilates Reformer is a complex system of springs, straps and pulleys with a gliding platform. You can sit, kneel, stand or lie on front, back or side, and use your arms, legs, wrists and ankles to push and pull yourself to slide back and forth along the rails in a controlled manner.

How it works: With your torso stable, the variable tension in the springs gently works your peripheral limbs through a full range of motion. It is a joint-friendly and non-impact workout.

500+ Different Exercises that:

  • Lengthens muscles
  • Strengthens muscles without bulk
  • Stretches
  • Tones
Wunda Chair The Pilates Reformer is a complex system of springs, straps and pulleys with a gliding platform. You can sit, kneel, stand or lie on front, back or side, and use your arms, legs, wrists and ankles to push and pull yourself to slide back and forth along the rails in a controlled manner.

How it works: Exercises are performed seated on top and pressing down on the step/pedal with your feet, others entail lying on the floor, standing straight up, lunging forward or doing push-up like moves with your arms.

75+ Different Exercises addressing:

  • Lower back
  • Buttocks
  • Shoulders
  • Transverse abdominals
  • Pelvic region
  • Neuromuscular coordination