The reformer was invented by Pilates founder Joseph Pilates. It is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. The springs provide choices of differing levels of resistance as the carriage is pushed or pulled along the frame. The carriage has shoulder blocks on it that keep practitioners from sliding off the end of the reformer as they push or pull the carriage.
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, with additional equipment, upside down, sideways, and all kinds of variations. In other words, the reformer can train many parts and dynamics of the body in many different ways with just one relatively sleek piece of equipment.
Like the reformer, the Pilates chair is another of Joseph Pilates' resistance exercise machines. The Pilates chair is basically a box with one side that can be pressed down against the resistance of springs, like a large pedal. Sometimes the pedal portion is divided into two parts that can be worked independently.
Though the basic design is simple, there are myriad exercises that can be performed on the Pilates chair. It is excellent for strengthening the core muscles, of course, and also the arms and legs.
Exercises are done lying, sitting, and standing on the chair, as well as from positions to the sides of the chair. One can expect a lot of stability and flexibility work on the chair. It is truly a testament to the ingenuity of the Pilates method to see how many exercises can be done on the Pilates chair.
The Hypervibe machine provides Whole Body Vibration Therapy (WBVT). WBVT stimulates more muscle spindles as you exercise to create a time-efficient improvement in the quality, strength and conditioning of your muscles. Developed for astronauts as a means to improve the quality of muscle activity in space, WBVT is now regularly used by elite sports facilities and leading medical facilities. Physiotherapy evidence-based research indicates that Physio supervised exercise combined with WBVT can significantly:
Improve your muscle strength, while saving your joints
Increase your flexibility
Reduce your pain
Improve your sports performance
Improve or maintain your bone density
Improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling
Improve your core and pelvic floor control
German dancer Lotte Berk developed barre workouts after injuring her back dancing. The equipment is a classic ballet barre and many of the workout positions incorporate classic dance positions.
Develop long, lean muscles without bulk
Sculpt a ballerina’s body
Enhance flexibility and improve balance
The Spring Wall provides a functional full body workout that will challenge you in standing, kneeling and lying positions. A Spring Wall consists of a plywood board attached to the wall, complete with the springs from a Pilates Cadillac.
One of the benefits of the Spring Wall is the ability to change the tension to suit each client and each exercise. Generally, the higher the spring is set on the wall, the greater the tension. The further away from the board you position yourself, the greater the tension. Different people can use different positions and settings while executing the same exercise in a class.
Latin for help or assist, the Juvo Board allows endless workout routines on a single,
revolutionary surface and was designed for individuals of all ages and fitness levels. The Juvo Board's Balance and Elevate positions let you choose a difficulty level that's right for your body. The board has three positions to allow for maximum usability for all fitness levels.
The Juvo Board can help you increase strength, flexibility, mobility, balance, and agility.