Here at the studio we are so proud of the quality and variety of our Pilates equipment. We are sure you will be as well. This is a little introduction to what we have to offer you, so once you get to the studio it will be familiar to you.
Absolute Pilates offers private Pilates sessions that will accommodate the needs of every individual. Our trainers will create a program that is tailored exactly to each client, ensuring the absolute best results. We utilize Balance Body Pilates equipment in our private sessions, with trainers that are expertly trained and always continuing their education. Pilates is also an excellent program for individuals with injuries, as the exercises can be modified to assure recovery and rehabilitation.
Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. Pilates is named for its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the exercises in the 1920s.
A Pilates routine generally includes exercises that promote core strength and stability, muscle control and endurance, including exercises that stress proper posture and movement patterns and balanced flexibility and strength.
The reformer is a piece of resistance exercise equipment designed by Joseph Pilates. It consists of a platform that moves back and forth along a carriage. Resistance is provided by the exerciser's body weight and by springs attached to the carriage and platform.
Despite the somewhat medieval name, the Pilates reformer is actually an amazingly elegant machine. The reformer provides finely tuned exercise resistance that allows one to work very precisely to develop good alignment, core strength, and flexibility.
What is it? The Reformer is probably the most famous and versatile piece of Pilates apparatus. It consists of a leather covered mat on a bed frame called a carriage who’s attached to springs. Your job, on the reformer is to resist those springs.
What it can do for you? The Reformer’s headrest, shoulder blocks, foot bar and leather straps give you tactile feedback and assist you to perform the exercises more correctly and efficiently. Each exercise flows into the next which will get your heart rate up.
Interesting Fact – Joseph Pilates invented the reformer to help people perform the mat work more efficiently.
The Pilates 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. Although it’s been part of the Pilates system for many years, the chair is currently experiencing a new level of interest as a great tool for teaching clients either individually or in small groups.
What is it? Based on a piece of circus equipment, the Wunda chair is one of the most challenging pieces of Pilates apparatus because your only support is a tiny square and a pedal. Exercises can be done sitting or standing either on top or around the chair.
What it can do for you? Challenge your stamina and balance.
Did you know? Wunda means wonder in German. Mr. Pilates’ native language.
The word Cadillac conjures up big convertible cars with fins, electric windows and fancy hub caps. That is why this piece of Pilates equipment is named the Cadillac — it has all the bells and whistles you could possibly want.
There are so many elements to the machine: leg springs, arm springs, fuzzy loops to hang from, a push-through bar to stretch you out, and even a trapeze. The trapeze was the original add on accessory to the machine which is why it is also known as a "trap" table. As a piece of equipment it looks pretty intimidating - it is about 6 feet tall.
Pilates lore has it that eponymous Joe created the prototype Cadillac to enable bed ridden patients to exercise. His design was simple - a hospital bed with mattress springs attached to the wall. The design has definitely evolved over the years and and so have the exercises and stretches one can do on the Cadillac.
You can isolate almost every muscle group on the machine - it is an excellent tool for breaking down motion into small pieces to restore correct motion patterns. Using the leg springs is one of the best ways to get runners to fully use their hamstrings.
What is it? The Cadillac is a pilates jungle gym of sorts consisting of an elevated mat on top of a long table. ( “trapeze table ” original name) It has arm springs, a roll back bar to challenge length and spinal articulation, and a push thru bar to challenge shoulder stability and assist stretching
What it can do for you? Tone and strengthen your abs, inner thighs, triceps, gluteals and hamstrings, challenge your joint stability, and assist in flexibility. It’s versatility allows for either a gentle or a killer workout, depending on your mood or needs. Go ahead and do a pull ups on the Cadillac trapeze one day and decompress your spine ( by hanging upside down from a pair of sheepskin loops called fuzzy ) another day.
Did you know? Mr. Pilates originally called this trapeze table but when his clients saw it for the first time they compared it to a new
What is it ? – like the name says, this piece of Pilates equipment consist of ladder- like rungs and a rounded barrel- like surface on which a multitude of stretching , strengthening and flexibility exercises can be performed. The barrel is separated from the ladder by a sliding base that can adjust to accommodate different torso sizes and leg lengths in a range of Pilates exercises.
What it can do for you? The Pilates ladder barrel helps you isolate deep postural muscles and challenges the body in all planes of movement.
Did you know? Favorite piece of equipment of dancers and gymnasts. Mental focus is key to executing this safely and effectively.
What is it? The Pilates Ped-O-Pull is a unique piece of Pilates equipment that you may have even heard of. The Ped-O-Pull consist of a base platform and an upright pole that has two springs with handles. Participants stand on the platform, center themselves against the pole and then use the handles attached to the spring to do various exercises.
What it can do for you? Like many of Joseph Pilates equipment it is simple yet genius, because of its ability to challenge the body to create efficient, balanced movement. The exercises you can practice on the Ped-O-Pull range from simple to quite advanced.
Did you know? Joseph Pilates used the Ped-O-Pull to find one’s center of gravity and also to improve breathing.
What is it? A half moon shaped apparatus that comes in a variety of lengths. (sometimes called baby arc or step barrel)
What it can do for you? Opens up your hips and shoulders, assists flexibility.
Fun Fact – it is said that beer kegs may have inspired Joseph Pilates when creating the original barrel.
Joseph Pilates created all of these apparatus to find internal forces in our body, strengthening , lengthening and toning for a stronger body inside out.
“…. We must constantly strive to acquire strong, healthy bodies and develop our minds to the limit of our ability.” – Joseph H. Pilates
Experience how these apparatus can change your body from the core!