Looking for a Challenge? Large Equipment Pilates offers more than Pilates on a mat.
Large equipment Pilates utilizes 3 main forms of equipment including the reformer, trapeze table and multi chair.
These pieces of equipment usually use springs as resistance which not only creates resistance, but also adds a component of control to the exercises.
Joseph Pilates began using, what he called apparatus, to accelerate the process of strengthening, stretching, body alignment and improve core strength.
Other forms of equipment you’ll commonly see in a Pilates studio is the ladder barrel and small barrel.
All forms of Pilates provide great benefits including improving strength, control and flexibility.
Equipment Pilates differs to Mat Pilates
Mat Pilates uses body weight whilst Equipment utilizes springs (and some cases tubes) to create resistance and also challenge your control.
The most common piece of equipment used is the reformer.
The reformer has hundreds of variations of exercises that you can do! Which opens up a whole realm of possibilities.
The reformer consists of a carriage that moves along a track and has springs that attach to the carriage and to the end of the frame.
The springs provide resistance and the instability of the carriage challenges your control and balance which means you have to engage your core and pelvic floor muscles to control even the simplest exercise.
Interestingly Joseph Pilates developed the reformer by attaching springs to hospital beds to help patients to begin strengthening and toning, while bed bound.
The reformer is fantastic at targeting your core control and leg strength, as well as all other aspects of your body.
The Trapeze Table
The trapeze table is another piece of equipment utilized in Pilates and also as hundreds of variations of exercises!
The trapeze table has a variety of exercises you can do ranging from assisted exercises eg assisted sit ups to advance exercises that can bring out your inner acrobat.
The trapeze table or also referred to as a Cadillac table is a table supported by four posts, where additional pieces can be attached to it including stirrups and the trapeze itself.
The great thing about the trapeze table is due to the support that it can offer you through the bed, stirrups and bars it means you can achieve movements that you may not be able to achieve otherwise.
The Trapeze table is great at helping to improve mobility, flexibility and control!
The Multi Chair (above)
The multi chair is another piece of equipment that can be utilized to great effect.
The multi chair is essential an open box with a seat on top, it has two pedals that are attached to the chair by springs.
The beauty of this machine is exercise can be done sitting, standing lying and also from positions on the side allowing for a great variety of exercises.
One of the best things about equipment Pilates is that anyone can do it from beginners or people with acute or severe pain to people with high levels of fitness and strength and who are just looking for a new challenge or to challenge their flexibility control and core strength further!
You’ll even find that movements that you wouldn’t think you could do normally are very achievable with the assistance of the equipment.
Come on in and try a Pilates Large Studio Equipment class and push your core strength and flexibility.
Elisha Scriven, myPhysioSA Senior Physiotherapist and Pilates Physiotherapist