“The Cadillac of…. “
Google that phrase and you’ll get autogenerated suggestions of minivans, strollers, toasters, even worms. During the 1950s and 60s, Cadillacs represented the best of everything and the phrase “the Cadillac of x” was coined, meaning that something of excellent quality and better than everything else in its category.
So is Joseph Pilates’ Cadillac the “Cadillac of Pilates apparatus?”
Well, it’s definitely the largest. Developed in the mid-’50s or early ’60s (and named the Cadillac as a joke by a client), the Cadillac raises our classic mat, making it resemble a four-poster twin bed. It is outfitted with a variety of metal eyelets, springs, a wooden grab bar, and even a “trapeze” attachment (inspired by Joe’s dad’s history as a gymnast? Or his own as an acrobat?). All of these bells and whistles offer a huge variety in terms of exercise and ability ranges, from foundational to advanced.
Though it comes with a warning to use under the supervision of a trained professional, the Cadillac can be a perfect piece of equipment for a beginner, someone who is rehabbing, or someone who has difficulty getting down on a mat or Reformer. It provides a high level of support to clients who need it, or for breaking down a motion into smaller segments to work on strength in those “sticky” spots.
The Cadillac can likewise be a great challenge (say if you’re a star MLB pitcher, maybe.)
And check out Jake’s advanced moves on the Reformer and the Cadillac:
Whether sitting, standing, kneeling, lying, or even upside down, the springs, bars, mat, and trapeze of the Cadillac provide the most diverse Pilates experience. It challenges the body in multiple planes of motion. Exercises on the Cadillac help to develop gorgeous lean muscles and improve blood flow and circulation.
How do you get to use that elephant in the room that always just seems to be sitting there unused? Well, far from gathering dust, the Cadillac is frequently used during private sessions. If you are new to PIH, Foundational Privates are a perfect way to get ready for a group class (and have a go on the Caddy). Of course, anyone can also book a private session with any of our teachers!