The Reformer is the bread and butter of any Pilates workout. Developed in the 1920s, the Reformer is the original Pilates machine. Originally called the Universal Reformer, the Reformer is the only piece of Pilates equipment where you actually glide yourself forward and backward on a platform called a carriage. The Reformer is entirely adjustable to fit each individual as well as all ability levels. Joseph considered it the ultimate piece of equipment for working with the partially disabled or convalescent. A complete body workout can be accomplished on the Reformer.
At Bodywise, Inc. we have reformers that rock from side to side. Jennifer has established an entire workout to enhance the intensity of your workout and has found the rocker to be helpful in guiding individuals to connect with the proper muscles. Safely stated - the reformer rocker can enhance your workout by about 20% or more.
The Cadillac, aka the Trapeze Table, received its name from the famous car of the time as it was considered the ultimate in fitness equipment just as America’s treasured Cadillac was considered the ultimate in transportation. As you can see by its structure, it was developed directly from a hospital bed. The Cadillac is considered Pilates’ all-around piece of equipment as it is perfect for people of all levels. Joseph used a modified version of the table for rehabilitating people with polio and other diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Today, the Cadillac combines both of these worlds into one machine to both challenge and assist a client depending on their individualized needs.
The Wunda Chair came about as the first piece of “in home” gym equipment and actually doubled as a chair once flipped over and cushions added. There is also one other version of the chair being the “Electric Chair” which has a flat piece of wood on the back of the chair to ensure proper posture. The Wunda Chair is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in the studio though beautifully simplistic in design. There is a paddle angled out of the chair that with resistance is pushed down. This simplicity enables us to work in every imaginable plane of movement giving a completely challenging workout incorporating the balance. As with all of Joseph’s intentions, an exercise on the chair puts you in a 3 dimensional situation challenging your body simulating real life.
The Ladder Barrel was invented to help keep the spine strong and flexible. Given that Joseph studied the movements of babies and felt for optimum health our spine should be as a babies, this piece of equipment is wonderful to use for stretching and/or to challenge the engagement of your core while encouraging a proper range of motion.