Pilates apparatus consists of a wide array of equipment designed to accommodate clients at every ability level. The most common the reformer (a table with springs and straps). Most classical pilates we have three to five of the classical pieces of equipment. The reformer, tower, and chair are avaliable to most clients. You will also find ladder barrels and spine correctors.
The equipment was developed by Joseph Pilates before he created the traditional mat exercises. According to Pilates Method Alliance, “Pilates equipment today is not much different than that of yesteryear. Spring tension, straps to hold feet or hands, supports for back, neck and shoulder are as important now as they were then. Because of the remarkable nature of the equipment to both challenge and support the body as it learns to move more efficiently, the inimitably designed pieces truly act as a complement to the challenging “matwork” exercises” (http://www.pilatesmethodalliance.org/).
The equipment is help full for beginners because the springs keep you in good alignment and they can help you complete exercises as you get stronger. The springs that can turn and make exercises harder for you complete as you progress through to being a pilates expert. Do not worry there will always be a challenge there are over 500 classical exercise and then many modern day twists that have been added to the program.
You can find equipment sessions locally at
Absolute Pilates in Mechanicsburg, PA
Pilates Experience in Harrisburg, PA
Pilates by Marc in Carlisle, PA