Pilates on the Bay is equipped with Balanced Body’s CenterLine™ equipment.
Created in collaboration with Amy Taylor Alpers and Rachel Taylor Segel of The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO the CenterLine™ equipment suite replicates the exact, smaller measurements Joseph Pilates used on his original components.
To learn how Pilates Apparatus are different from other types of exercise equipment check out our blog, “The 1 Key Difference to Pilates Equipment”.
The Reformer is one of the most recognized pieces of Pilates apparatus. It’s main features are a moving carriage that run along tracks, 4 springs, shoulder blocks and a foot bar. Working with the Reformer is intended to parallel working on the Mat as the resistance and support of the springs can strengthen and balance the body to make Mat exercises more accessible.
The Mat, though not exactly considered equipment does have its own unique features. A foot strap and weighted bar can make some Mat exercises more accessible and give students the chance to work though tight and/or weak areas.
The Cadillac provides a large stable surface to work on (no moving carriage) and a large frame on which to perform many different types of exercises. The springs of the Cadillac are attached from above its working surface providing a different type of challenge and support.
The Tower (or Pole System) is basically the same as the Cadillac, however the components have been collected to one side of the mat surface and the pole system itself, attached to the wall. The features are the same as the Cadillac, but it’s compact nature makes it possible to fit more apparatus into a small space.
The Low Chair is a compact piece of apparatus. Featuring a small mat like surface, a pedal and two springs, the Low Chair requires more control within the body. Due to its smaller design most exercises are performed seated or standing providing more challenge, however, it can also make some exercises more accessible for those with injuries or limitations. Fun Fact: The Low Chair was created by Joseph Pilates to be used in small spaces such as apartments and hotel rooms. When finished with your workout, you can flip the chair over and it becomes an actual chair to sit in and relax.
The High Chair is similar to the Low Chair, however it has a high back and handles to provide support for some of the more difficult exercises of the Low Chair.
The largest of the Barrels, the High Barrel’s rounded shape gives support to the spine in all directions (flexion, extension and side bending). The shape of the barrel meets the spine to make movements that are more difficult to perform, easier to learn. The High Barrel is also a great place for stretching.
Similar to the High Barrel in their support of the spine, the Small Barrel and Spine Corrector are excellent tools for opening the chest and back and for making some mat exercises more accessible.
The Ped-O-Pull has a small base with one upright pole and two springs. The Ped-O-Pull is excellent for challenging your deep core muscles while standing upright. The springs, though separate must work together to maintain balance. Imbalances in the muscles are quickly revealed.
The first piece of apparatus Joseph Pilates had patented, the Foot Corrector is a highly important piece of equipment. Consisting of a small foot plate with a paddle on springs the Foot Corrector is intended to strengthen the sole of the foot. The sole/arch of the foot needs to be both strong and pliable in order to function as a shock absorber for all the joints above it. When the feet are strong and healthy so is the rest of the body.