Perhaps the most renowned of all Pilates equipment is the Reformer. With its sophisticated system
of springs, straps and pulleys, more than 100 exercises can be performed on this surprisingly versatile
The crux is in the gliding platform on which one can sit, kneel, stand or lie on their front, back or side.
The user pushes and pulls off the foot bar using the arms, legs, wrists and ankles to slide back and forth
along the rails in a controlled manner while the tension in the springs gently works the muscles.
The Pilates Reformer helps one establish torso stability and postural alignment while working peripheral
limbs in a range of motion. The adjustable springs allow for progressive resistance, which helps to
lengthen and strengthen the muscles rather than building bulk. It makes for an effective, no-impact
stretching and toning workout that is friendly to the joints.
Don’t be surprised if some beginner Reformer exercises seem simple – a relaxing, almost effortless glide
back and forth on the carriage with none of that overexertion sensation you get from pumping iron.
The effects go deep, and you’ll engage muscles you never knew you had. As you progress, the fitness
challenge becomes significantly greater.
Deceptively resembling a stylish little stool, the Pilates Chair is one versatile exercise machine. Don’t let
the word “chair” fool you – it’s not necessarily a sit-down workout.
While many of these Pilates exercises are performed seated on top and pressing down on the step/
pedal with your feet, others entail lying on the floor, standing straight up, lunging forward or doing
push-up like moves with the arms.
More than 75 exercises can be performed on the Chair – it makes it a great addition to your physical
Once again, adjustable spring resistance is the key to challenge with this specialized piece of fitness
equipment. The spring attachment positions make for a wide range of resistance. While pressing down
on the step with arms or legs, much of the stabilizing work is up to the torso – it’s harder than it looks.
This apparatus activates the lower back, buttocks, shoulder, transverses abdominals and pelvic region
and heightens neuromuscular coordination. From a rehabilitation perspective, the Pilates Chair is
particularly effective for stretching and rebalancing muscles that have been strained or injured.
Pilates Spine Corrector
Different names for essentially the same thing, the Pilates Spine Corrector sort of resembles a whistle
shape, with a semi-circular arch plus an angled step or seat. Handles or grips on the side allow for more
security in movement.
This unit is effective for stretching the spine and shoulders in a safe, stabilized, supported way. It adds
variety and challenge to a Pilates mat routine or circuit training session whether one is a novice or