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There are five primary pieces of equipment/apparatus upon which Pilates exercises can be performed - the Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, High Ladder Barrel and the Low Barrels. All pieces require a trained instructor to lead the participant through a series of exercises specific to that apparatus.

Pilates Equipment

The Pilates equipment uses the resistance of springs to create effort. The principle piece of equipment is called the Reformer and consists of a sliding platform anchored at one end of its frame with springs. The platform is moved by either pulling on ropes or pushing off from a stationary foot bar. The exercises include the challenge of moving the platform and maintaining balance on a moving surface (if sitting or standing).

Another Pilates machine is called the Cadillac and consists of a padded platform with a cage-like frame above it. From this frame various bars or straps are attached by springs.

A third piece of equipment, the LowChair consists of a small bench-like platform with a bar attached with springs. Exercises are done by pushing on the bar while either sitting or standing on the bench, or standing or lying on the floor.

Several other pieces of equipment unique to the Pilates system are also available at Inner Elements Pilates studio, such as the Hump Barrel and High Ladder Barrel.


Unlike most conventional exercise machines where linear or isolated movement patterns are performed creating uncoordinated strength, the patented GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® emphasizes multiple joint articulations without compression, thus strengthening ligaments and each attachment.

The motion patterns are natural, turbulence free and pure with no interruption, creating a bridge between contraction and extension through the rotating movement of the joints, resulting in a balanced support system for the skeleton.


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