What is Pilates equipment?
There are 3 main pieces of Pilates equipment that are found in most studios and several auxiliary pieces.
The Reformer is a moving carriage spring-loaded from below inside a frame of steel or wood. The lowest weight-bearing of these supports 300lbs. Considered the most user-friendly for beginners learning the Pilates method.
The Cadillac is basically a raised bed with a steel frame canopy from which springs can be attached for open-chain exercises amongst others. Most will support up to 250lbs hanging from their canopy and significantly more lying on their bed, which is where most exercises occur. Highly versatile, most studios have at least one of these for private sessions and individualized work.
The Wunda chair offers a smaller base of support with a spring-loaded pedal. Supporting up to 250lbs standing atop the chair, the Wunda chair can offer a challenging repertoire or incredibly precise focal practice.
Other equipment includes barrels, ladders, small props, weights, rollers, and ped-a-pull.