Advanced Pilates takes traditional mat Pilates exercises up a notch by incorporating different exercise machines and/or equipment to make the workout more challenging. Advanced Pilates can use exercise machines such as the Reformer, the Cadillac, the Wunda Chair, and more. Each one is unique and allows you to do a variety of different exercises on them. Pilates exercises are a great low-impact workout that all ages and fitness levels can participate in and benefit from.
A Pilates Reformer is an exercise machine that is used for Pilates training. The Reformer provides a powerful workout to your abs, lower back, hips, and glute muscles. Functional fitness is improved by putting emphasis on the alignment of the muscles while on the machine and engaging specific targeted muscle groups. The Reformer uses springs and body weight as resistance for targeting muscle groups. The benefits of using a Pilates Reformer include a workout power boost to your core strength. This improves your posture, balance, and stability.
The Pilates Cadillac is a larger machine than the Reformer and resembles a giant bed frame with bars and springs across the top. A trapeze-like table adds support and challenge to the exercises. The Cadillac provides users the most variety in their Pilates experience, challenging your body and multiple muscle groups in multiple planes of motion. Pilates exercisers love that they can get the greatest range of exercises done on a single machine. The Pilates Cadillac is good for rehabilitation and can support fitness for all ages and fitness levels due to the low-impact styled workouts.
The Wunda Chair is a Pilates chair that looks like a box with one side that can be pressed down against the resistance of springs, similar to the motion of pushing down a pedal. Some chairs have two pedals instead of one for greater challenge and multiple exercise uses. The cushion on the chair is much smaller than what is used on the Reformer or Cadillac machines so you use more of your core strength for balance. Pilates balance is improved and functional fitness is strengthened when using a Wunda Chair for your Pilates workouts.
Pilates ball chair is another exercise tool you can use to enhance your Pilates exercise experience. There are many different varieties of Pilates workouts. All of them will strengthen your core, challenge specific muscle groups, improve stability and balance, and improve overall functional fitness.
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