A woman contacted me the other day, curious about Pilates. She was concerned because she was out of shape and very apprehensive to be at the Center. People suggested Pilates to her, but she admitted being intimidated by the “machines.” Admittedly, the reformer looks rather overwhelming, which made her more intrigued as to why everyone talks about how great it is.
The apparatus looks as it does because Joseph Pilates used what he had available to him during that time period to make his equipment. He interned during World War I in the camps, where he only had access to hospital beds and cots. He used their springs as a form of tension. He believed this type of progressive resistance could help injured soldiers recover from physical trauma. The spring-and-pulley system makes this form of exercise unique.
Joseph further developed the equipment, incorporating bars and straps. He even used plumbing pipes on the apparatus. As such, he could achieve greater versatility for its use. Hundreds of exercises could be performed! The Pilates Reformer and Cadillac were born, along with the Wunda Chair and others. They became so successful that little has been modified over the years. Today, the equipment is still modeled on Joseph Pilates original specifications.
This history explains the equipment’s ominous appearance. Now, you know it is not meant to torture, but help you achieve your best body (inside and out). It may look a little primitive and awkward. In actuality, Joseph Pilates was well ahead of his time with his method. The Pilates exercises accommodate the newest exerciser to the most seasoned athlete for an excellent workout at every level. My clients’ ages range from young teens through mid-eighties, with all different abilities. Pilates works for everyone! Pilates will work for you!
The once-doubtful woman caller had a Pilates demo this week. She is no longer skeptical or intimidated. She tried Pilates, and now understands how beneficial it is. She decided it was the right form of exercise for her and became a Pilates Reformer client. Come see for yourself! Try a Pilates demo today!
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