What is a Pilates Reformer; a Pilates Tower and a Pilates Wunda Chair?
The Pilates Reformer; Pilates Tower and Pilates Wunda Chair exercises are specially designed to challenge and strengthen the body, the REFORMER is so named because it was created to reform the body of the participant. Consisting of a large frame, topped with a flat, cushioned platform; this movable platform (or carriage) is attached to the frame by springs and moves as you push or pull with your legs and arms. The reformer also has long straps with handles on them which can be pulled to move the carriage. Through a variety of carefully choreographed movement, Reformer Pilates provides a full body workout.

Pilates Reformer exercises can be amended to create programs for beginners, rehabilitation, and/or athletic workouts. It is the most user-friendly apparatus on which to perform leg work. It places the body in a comfortable non-weight-bearing supine position and recruits the muscles in a balanced way. Some of the stretches on this machine cannot be duplicated as effectively on any other apparatus.

Like the reformer, the PILATES WUNDA CHAIR is another of Joseph Pilates’ resistance exercise machines. The Pilates chair is basically a box with one side that can be pressed down against the resistance of springs, like a large pedal. Sometimes the pedal portion is divided into two parts that can be worked independently. Traditionally, Pilates chairs were made of wood, with a padded top and pedal.

Pilates chairs increases balance and control of the body making it great for both advanced clients and athletes as well as for pre-natal clients. This apparatus activates the lower back, buttocks, shoulders, abdominals and pelvic region and heightens neuromuscular co-ordination.

The PILATES TOWER is an apparatus that offers a more stable surface to work from. Individuals can sit, stand or lie down on your back or stomach on a mat and work with resistive springs that are attached to a Tower to build strength, flexibility and muscular endurance. Tower classes are a bit more strength focused.

The Pilates Tower differs from the Pilates Reformer in that it highlights the hamstrings during leg work, both in terms of flexibility and strength. Just as the Reformer offers stretches for the lower body that cannot be duplicated on any other apparatus, the Tower offers unique stretches for the upper body that can only be performed on the Pilates Tower. A big advantage of doing legwork on the Pilates Tower is that it minimises the possibility of hyper lordosis and stretches the lower back.

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced client, a Pilates Tower program can be adjusted to suit your needs.
If you are new to Pilates equipment classes, you may notice you have many choices at Pilates Dynamics. All classes offer a fun and unique way to build strength, improve flexibility and enhance posture awareness. The best approach to achieving the results you are seeking is to add as much variety to your workouts as you can. By making sure you include PILATES REFORMER CLASSES; PILATES WUNDA CHAIR CLASSES and PILATES TOWER CLASSES in your routine, you are more likely to keep your body guessing and see those results quicker.

What are the Benefits of the Pilates Reformer / Pilates Wunda Chair / Pilates Tower Exercises?
Pilates Reformer; Pilates Tower & Pilates Wunda Chair classes are great for strengthening the body’s “powerhouse” (abs, lower back, hips and glutes), Shoulders, Arms and Legs. Workouts on both apparatuses focuses heavily on alignment, balance and accurate muscle engagement, which can lead to improved posture, better balance and more stability and increased range of movement, especially when in motion.

The Pilates Reformer; Pilates Tower; and Pilates Wunda Chairs classes also provide terrific no-impact workouts, with a combination of lying down, sitting, kneeling or standing, with little force being exerted on your joints. There are literally hundreds of exercises which can be done on these specialised pilates apparatus, also referred to as pilates large equipment.

These workouts are great if you are looking for an intense and challenging workout!!

Can beginners sign up for a Pilates Reformer / Wunda chair GROUP class?
Our Pilates Reformer; Pilates Tower and Pilates Wunda Chair Pilates group classes are suitable for all fitness levels and anyone can sign up even if they have little to no pilates experience, however we do ask clients to book an orientation session first before signing up for a group class. The orientation session is a private, 55 minute session in which the instructor/trainer will assess the client for possible injuries and muscle imbalances, muscle weaknesses and discuss goals and outcomes and teach clients the basics of pilates like proper breathing, correct movements, how to isolate and use the correct muscle in exercises and correct body alignment (spinal, pelvic and joints).

You will be orientated as far as using these machines are concerned, so that you are familiar with the operation instructions given by the Pilates Instructor during your group exercise class. These sessions can be booked at any time, depending on the availability of our instructors.

What should you bring to the class?
Bring along a sweat towel and socks as exercises are done wearing socks. If you have anti-slip socks, then those will work better.

How do we book a class?
Contact us on 011-792 5459 or 072 999 2229 or email us on info@pilatesdynamics.co.za and book your pilates reformer and chair group class today.