The reformer is a piece of resistance exercise equipment designed by Joseph Pilates. It consists of a platform that moves back and forth along a carriage. Resistance is provided by the exerciser’s body weight and by springs attached to the carriage and platform.
The Cadillac is one of the most effective and versatile of all Pilates apparatus. It comprises a raised, horizontal table top with a four-post frame to which are affixed a variety of bars, straps, springs, and levers. The cadillac was the first piece of equipment Joseph Pilates invented and is great for rehabilitation and strengthening.
The Wunda Chair is Designed to stretch and strengthen muscle groups like the back and deep abdominal muscles, the Wunda Chair utilizes both the large and small muscle groups. Exercises done using the Wunda Chair also promote balance and body control. The Wunda chair is often used for rehabilitation for knee and shoulder injuries.
The Ladder Barrel consists of a rounded surface called the barrel and a pair of wooden uprights tied together with cross pieces called the ladder. The Ladder Barrel is used to increase the strength and flexibility of the spine in flexion, extension and lateral flexion. It is used in conjunction with the Reformer, Cadillac and Wunda Chair for a complete workout.
The Pilates Arc is used to increase the strength and flexibility of the spine like the Ladder Barrel. It is a great addition to a Mat Class and used as an additional Pilates apparatus. It is frequently used with clients who have scoliosis or other spinal imbalances to refine the use of the spine in any position.