Introducing the Pilates chair… and Group Equipment Classes at Pilates in Holland!
PIH will soon be the proud owner of six Balanced Body EXO chairs (we even have shipping confirmation)! That means each client will now have their own reformer and chair for group equipment classes. The chair is basically a backless chair with a pedal on one side that can be pressed down against the resistance of springs (our EXO chairs have a split pedal).
The Wunda Chair was originally designed by Joseph Pilates to be used in small New York apartments. Its compact design could even be transformed into a regular chair for everyday use. Even so, the chair is a powerful piece of Pilates equipment.
Mandy was spurred to purchase additional chairs by a need she saw in PIH clients’ bodies: more postural work. The chair is excellent for strengthening the core muscles, of course, but also for focusing on upper and lower body conditioning.
Exercises are done lying, sitting, and standing on the chair or being positioned at the sides. Expect a lot of stability and flexibility work, as well as focusing on control. By pushing the pedal slowly and keeping it “in the springs” (not hitting the top or bottom positions) you build your control and strength. It is truly a testament to Joe’s ingenuity to see how many exercises can be done on the Pilates chair!
And the best part is, you now have regular access to this amazing piece of equipment! The group reformer classes you know and love now become group equipment classes, with no price increase. Think of it as a gift to you, our clients, whose continued support we never want to take for granted. You might not thank Mandy in the middle of a workout, but you definitely will later. 🙂