In it's most basic form, Pilates is resistance training and increases muscle mass and density. However, the deeper muscles are the focus: those which surround the joints or are deep in the abdomen to help increase joint, skeletal, core and full body stability. Pilates helps to increase core strength while simultaneously toning and increasing flexibility. 

Skeletal balance and alignment are the initial goals to help build core strength and stability, reduce pain, and/or increase joint range of motion. In the more advanced stages, full body work is performed constantly to achieve tone, grace, and deep strength throughout the body. It is gentle on the joints, but challenging for every level of exerciser from special needs, to seniors, to weekend warriors, to elite athletes. The benefits include increased body awareness, deep strength, pain reduction, injury prevention, increased tone throughout the body and increased flexibility.

Equipment We Use

 

Pilates reformer

Reformer

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.

 

cadillac equipment for pilates

Cadillac

The Cadillac is often the jaw dropper when someone new walks into a Pilates studio. It is the ultimate in adding a gravity challenge to your workout. The Cadillac was originally created to assist soldiers in recovery. This piece of equipment can be used for rehabilitation and extremely advanced exercises making it one of the most versatile pieces in the Pilates studio.

 

Pilates chair equipment

Chair

Far from being a newcomer on the block, the Pilates chair, also called the wunda chair and the low chair, has always been a part of any fully equipped Pilates studio. Lately, the chairs have been getting a new look, moving into the mainstream and losing their status as one of the "mysterious" Pilates machines. Although the chair looks less intimidating than other Pilates equipment, the workouts done on the chair can be deceptively challenging because almost all of the exercises require use of the entire body.

Core align equipment

 

CoreAlign®

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 musculoskeletal 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.

 
swiss ball and bosu equipment

Swiss Ball & Bosu

Both the Swiss Ball and Bosu increase the intensity of Pilates and other workouts by adding instability due to the round surfaces. The body works to stabilize itself using deep core muscles with any exercise performed on either of these two pieces.

 

orbit exercise equipment

Orbit

The Orbit™ exercises include both circular and linear movements, and range from mild to complex. You are working with caster wheels which increase instability in two planes.  It’s an amazing core workout because your abdominal muscles are always engaged. You will also increase upper body and lower body strength, and improve flexibility and balance. An all-around great mind-body workout.

 

pilates arc from balanced body

Pilates Arc

The Pilates Arc from Balanced Body helps users build core strength and enhance spinal, shoulder, and hip mobility. The lightweight workout device, inspired by Joseph Pilates' original spine corrector, can be used in fitness centers, in studios, and at home. The equipment may help relieve back pain by improving posture, building flexibility, and correcting spinal alignment. With a gentle curve on one side and a steeper curve on the other, the product is user-friendly for many body types and strength levels.

 

pilates magic circle

Magic Circle

The Pilates magic circle is a flexible ring, usually metal, with padded handles, about 13 inches in diameter. The magic circles are used to provide resistance and neuromuscular feedback in an exercise. They are especially popular for toning the arms, chest, hips and thighs.

 

ladder barrel for strengthening back muscles

Ladder Barrel

One of the best ways to strengthen the back muscles through back extension exercises, the ladder barrel has many uses. In the beginning levels the barrel is used for stretching to gain flexibility throughout the body. But because there are no springs to 'assist' in the exercises, it is one of the best (and most challenging) ways to strengthen core muscles which include the front, side and back of the torso.

 

exercise bands provide resistance

Exercise Bands

While not traditional Pilates equipment, the fitness band has become a popular tool in Pilates workouts by providing exercise resistance enabling proper use and deeper engagement of muscles. Bands have been used in the past mainly as therapeutic tools but have become increasingly popular in the Pilates and workout world for both stretching and strengthening.