Pilates equipment can be grouped into two general categories:
- Larger pieces of equipment (apparatus) that include the Pilates Reformer, Pilates chairs, barrels, the tower, and the Cadillac.
- Smaller, portable equipment (Pilates props) such as the magic circles, weights, and resistance bands.
The Studio Reformer
There is probably no piece of Pilates equipment more well-known than the Pilates reformer. For more than 30 years, the world’s most respected Pilates instructors have used and recommended the Balanced Body Pilates Studio Reformer.
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 Cadillac (also known as the Trapeze Table) is one of the most effective and versatile pieces of exercise equipment ever to be engineered. The Cadillac was originally devised by Joseph Pilates to rehabilitate bedridden patients back when he was working as a hospital orderly. The apparatus has evolved a bit since the makeshift bed spring days, but its inspiration is apparent and it continues to be a bridge between exercise and physical therapy.
Designed to strengthen muscle groups not easily reached by more traditional techniques and equipment, Chair workouts focus on upper and lower body strength and conditioning and enhance stability, body control, and balance.
Pilates High Barrel
Combines ladder rungs with a barrel surface on which stretching, strengthening and flexibility exercises can be performed.
Pilates Wall Tower
Wall Tower is free-standing, giving you the flexibility of using it with a Reformer or a mat. Gives a three-in-one exercise system: Reformer, mat station, and Tower. A tremendous variety of exercises can be performed on this versatile piece of equipment.
Pilates Magic Circle
The magic circle is a Pilates tool created by founder Joseph Pilates that’s intended to help you find your center. It is said that Joseph Pilates made the first magic circle from the ring of a keg. It is used in a variety of ways and can be used in both equipment and mat classes.