BodyChange offers sessions on three of the main pieces of Pilates equipment:
The Reformer, The Cadillac, and The Wunda Chair.
The Pilates Reformer
was invented by Joseph Pilates. It is a bed-like frame with a rolling, flat platform called the carriage. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. The springs provide variable levels of resistance as the carriage is pushed or pulled along within the frame. At the spring end of the Reformer, there is an adjustable footbar which can be used by the feet or hands. The Reformer also has long straps with handles or loops attached to the top end of the frame. They can be pulled with legs or arms to move the carriage. Body weight and resistance of the springs are what make the carriage more or less difficult to move. A wide variety of exercises are done on the reformer to promote strength, flexibility, and balance. Most reformer exercises have to do with pushing or pulling the carriage or holding the carriage steady during an exercise as it is pulled on by the springs.
One of the best things about the Reformer is its versatility. Exercises can be done lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps, pushing the footbar, perched on the footbar, perched on the shoulder blocks, and with additional equipment, upside down, sideways, and all kinds of variations. With this versatility, the Reformer will train muscles by challenging the dynamics of the body in many different ways.
was also designed by Joseph Pilates. Although the Cadillac may look daunting, many of the same exercises are done as on the Reformer. Using different attachments such as arm springs, leg springs, pull-down bar, and push-through bar, the focus is on core stability, strength, and flexibility. The Cadillac also allows you to challenge yourself by using the trapeze, the canopy, and the soft loops. As you become more advanced on the Cadillac, you can do more acrobatic moves, including hanging upside down!
The Wunda Chair
design is simple, but a myriad of exercises can be performed for strengthening the core muscles, as well as the arms and legs. Exercises on the Wunda Chair are done lying, sitting, and standing on the chair, as well as next to the chair. One more fun way to improve core strength and stability, as well as flexibility.