Pilates equipment today is similar to yesteryear. Spring tension, straps to hold feet or hands, supports for back, neck and shoulder are as important now as there were to Joseph Pilates when he devised the equipment. The remarkable nature of the equipment both challenges and supports the body as it learns to move more efficiently.
Here at Pure Pilates Ilkley we have a wide variety of large pieces of equipment making the choice of exercises enormous and adaptable to any injury or condition. Supplied by Balanced Body and made with solid Strata Rock Maple, upholstered in soft white leather, with sleek, clean lines, it is both appealing to the eye and inviting to the touch.
Pilates Studio Reformer
This is the most commonly recognised piece of Pilates equipment. There are many, many reformer exercises, including those for first-time beginners to exercises that challenge the most advanced practitioners.
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 thereof.
In other words, the reformer can train many parts and dynamics of the body in so many different ways with just one relatively sleek piece of equipment.
All kinds of exercises are done on the reformer to promote length, strength, flexibility, and balance.
Most Pilates 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.
This adds great versatility to the Reformer. In addition to allowing jumping and other cardio exercises.
The Padded Foot Plate also recreates a biomechanically accurate standing position while lying on the Reformer.
Developed by Barbara Mayr, a Pilates instructor in Vienna, Austria, the Reformer Rocker is a feedback tool, increasing a client’s understanding of imbalances and asymmetries, and is used to add specific balance challenges to a training program or rehabilitation protocol.
The system of Reformer, Mat Station and Tower provides a complete workout, working in multiple planes of resistance, on a mat or moving platform.
The Tower allows some exercises similar to those on the Cadillac to be performed.
Cadillac / Trapeze
A tremendous variety of exercises can be performed on the Pilates Trapeze Table (Cadillac). From gentle, spring-assisted roll-ups to advanced acrobatics, the Trapeze Table offers exercises for all ages and abilities, with its springs giving either support or challenge depending on the individual needs.
The Ladder Barrel is perfect for core strength and flexibility exercises. Combines ladder rungs with a barrel surface, for stretching, strengthening and flexibility exercises.
The sliding base adjusts to different torso sizes and leg lengths.
Traditional Wunda Chair
The Pilates chair, or Wunda Chair, as Joseph Pilates called it, is a powerful piece of exercise equipment. Its small size belies its remarkable ability to build core stability, upper body strength and lower-body power, to improve performance in athletes, retrain the body after injury and increase overall physical conditioning.
Unlike moves on the reformer or the mat, most chair exercises are performed while sitting or standing, which provides an excellent environment for functional and athletic training for clients at any level of ability. The chair is very effective for creating sport-specific programs for skiers, runners, bikers, soccer players and basketball players, as it develops explosive leg power integrated with core strength and good biomechanics.
Incline Table / slope
Beginner clients will love the assistance of moving with gravity, while advanced clients can intensify their workout and target new areas by working against gravity. Used by top instructors in the US and the UK to keep clients working at their optimum level. We have since added a free-standing ladder which adds an enormous diversity of exercises which can be done on the slope
This gives a unique and fun, full-body workout. The addition of a Functional Resistance Kit allows you to both push and pull! There are a host of new exercises not possible with any other chair - including many that could previously be done only on a Reformer - and offers a challenging cardio/aerobic workout.
Cadillac Reformer Combo
Originally created by Balanced Body in 1994, the extra height of this table compared with the standard studio reformer makes it very easy for the injured and infirm to get on and off.
This machine, along with the Core Align, Wall Ladder & the Exo Chair, is located in the Private Studio on the ground floor where there is disabled access. This means that Pure Pilates Ilkley is now accessible to all, regardless of physical ability.
The addition of the Pilates Arc to the this table means that some exercises similar to those on the ladder barrel and the spine corrector can be performed on just this one machine.
The Wall Ladder in the Private Studio can be used in conjunction with many pieces of equipment, and is an invaluable addition.
The Classic Spine Corrector / Small Arc Barrel can be used to perform exercises lengthening and strengthening the torso, shoulders, back and legs while correcting or restoring the spine’s natural curvature.
An ideal piece of equipment for aligning and mobilising and spine, the Spine Corrector can also assist with improving posture.
Ron Fletcher credits Clara Pilates for teaching him to truly understand and appreciate the Spine Corrector (also called the Step Barrel). Balanced Body named this design in her honour.
Easy-to-learn exercises on the CoreAlign emphasize an upright posture and are designed to improve posture, balance and functional movement. Developed by physical therapist Jonathan Hoffman, CoreAlign exercises facilitate musculo-skeletal rehabilitation by stimulating core stability muscles to fire in perfect timing while performing challenging exercises, very deep stretches and core-controlled aerobic training. Also great for performance enhancement and as a regular exercise regimen for a healthy lifestyle. A fun and challenging workout. An ideal tool for improving sports performance, gait and core training, balance and neuromuscular retraining.
To get a better idea of what the CoreAlign can do for you, watch the Stack.com Pilates workout with instructor Christine Ruby of PHI Pilates. NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown uses slow, controlled Pilates movements to train his muscles for the hard cuts, twists and turns on the the field. You can see his complete studio workout here. Just watch the first few minutes.
A wide variety of smaller Pilates equipment and aids are used in the Pure Pilates Ilkley studios. From Balanced Body's Orbit, Pilates Arc, Rings, Fitness Balls, Rotator Discs and Stability Rolls to release balls of various sizes, leg, ankle and wrist weights, resistance bands, different types of fascia rollers and stability rolls and many soft support shapes, including our own 'Magic Cushion'.
Some will make it easier for the beginner or aid in the adaptation of some movements for a specific physical issue you may have. All these are used in different ways to make your Pilates workout as effective as possible, to match your individual needs and goals.