1. Wunda Chair
What is the Wunda Chair?
Though pilates in its original form was developed as a mat-based collection of routines, equipment was soon introduced to build better and greater resistance for the body. One of those pieces of equipment was the Wunda Chair.
The Wunda Chair was originally for people who wanted an apparatus they could use at home. The exercises performed on the Wunda chair are considered to be very challenging as it highlights both the body’s imbalances and weaknesses. Allowing for upright positions during many of the exercises the Wunda chair requires more trunk stabilization than most other pieces of Pilates equipment. This apparatus activates the lower back, buttocks, shoulder, transversus abdominals and pelvic region and heightens neuromuscular co-ordination. It is extremely effective for clients that are pregnant and those dealing with any type of vertigo or for stretching and rebalancing muscles that have been strained or injured.
What are the benefits of the Wunda Chair?
- Your upper body, especially areas like the neck, arms and shoulders, as well as the lower body will benefit greatly from the chair.
- It can help you rehabilitate after an injury faster than mat-based Pilates ever could
- It can help relieve the body of knots and muscle aches.
- It is perfect for anyone who loses focus very easily. The Wunda Chair demands absolute attention and offers a variety of workouts. If you love having your behind kicked hard each session, then you will love the Wunda chair’s very challenging weighted springs.
- The chair will help you find your back muscles very easily and the support of the chair on the back gives you a chance to feel what muscles should be working when raising your arms.
- The Wunda Chair offers many upright exercises for the pregnant client who is no longer able to lie down for long periods of time.
- People with knee problems can benefit greatly from the unique alignment opportunities that many of the chair exercises demand.
- It will help you improve your balance – an extremely important component of overall fitness – especially as we age!
What is a reformer?
The Reformer is the most famous of all the Pilates Apparatuses. Specially designed to challenge and strengthen the body, the ‘reformer’ is so named because it was created to reform the body of the participant. Consisting of a large frame, topped with a flat, cushioned platform; this platform (or carriage) is attached to the frame by springs and moves as you push or pull with your legs and arms. The reformer also has long straps with handles on them which can be pulled to move the carriage.
The Reformer is perhaps the most user-friendly apparatus on which to perform foot/leg work. It places the body in a comfortable, non-weight bearing supine position and recruits the muscles in a balanced fashion. Stretches performed like the hip-flexor; hamstrings and adductor muscles cannot be duplicated as effectively on any other piece of pilates apparatus. The jumping series is unique to the reformer which accommodates plyometric (powerful jump training) movements in a full range.
What are the benefits of the Pilates Reformer?
- Pilates hits your core (or, in Pilates speak, your “powerhouse”) unlike any other workout.
- A stronger core equals a better back, by stabilizing the core’s lumbar-pelvic (lower-back) region, Pilates alleviates stress on the area and ups mobility.
- Pilates’ slow and controlled movements puts minimal impact on your joints.
- Because Pilates urges you to focus on 1) your breath, 2) your body, and 3) and how they move together, it takes a lot of concentration. That means you’re forced to forget about work, bills, and other worries for a full hour.
- Reformer Pilates provides a safe option for staying healthy and active during pregnancy. The low impact nature is perfect for swollen joints, the pelvic floor exercises will help during childbirth and core work will help ease back pain.
- Reformer pilates is great as a cross training tool to mimic movement patterns seen in a variety of sports, since it improves spine strength in combination with limb movements for Athletes.