The Pilates Large Equipment or Pilates Machines are a great addition to have in any Pilates studio or Fitness Gym. The Wunda Chair was developed in the 1940’s by Joseph Pilates. Joseph Pilates also invented the famous Pilates Reformer. The Wunda Chair resembles a backless chair. The Wunda Chair is made up of a wooden base which holds a padded seat.  Below the seat, there is a pedal that is attached to the back of the chair with springs on either side, to make the pedal move up and down. The spring tension offers a low, medium and strong tension. Exercises on the Wunda Chair can be done in various positions: – seated, lying down supine (on your back), lying down prone (on your tummy), side-lying, kneeling, and standing on top of it, or in front of it – on or off the pedal. The Chair is less well known that other pieces of large Pilates equipment like the Reformer, the Tower, the Cadillac, and the Ladder Barrel or Arc Barrel. The chair is compact in size and due to its’ versatility makes it a great piece of Pilates Large equipment to have in any Pilates Studio or Fitness Facility.

What is the Wunda Chair? 

The Wunda Chair designed by Joseph Pilates – the father of Pilates – and was the original “home gym”. Due to the Wunda Chairs’ portability and size, the original Wunda Chair not only performed as exercise equipment, but also doubled up as a piece of furniture. Later versions of the Chair added a split-pedal offering more resistance options and exercise variations. The Wunda Chair offers a challenging and varied workout in a smaller amount of space. The Wunda Chair offers a challenging full body workout. 


What makes the Wunda Chair exercises so challenging?

Firstly the Wunda Chair offers only a small base of support, i.e., a small part of the body is connected to the chair at any time. If we look at the same Footwork or Legwork repertoire done on the Wunda Chair, then it offers less support than that of its’ counterpart – the Refomer. This means less stability and more of a challenge in terms of balance. Exercises performed on the Wunda Chair highlights both the bodies’ imbalances and weaknesses because of the challenging positions it offers. Work on the chair requires a lot more trunk stability than both that of the Reformer and Cadillac, making it ideal for posture training. 


Who can use the Wunda Chair?

The Wunda Chair is very versatile and appropriate for both advanced clients like athletes, or Pilates beginners as well as for Special Population groups likes like Pre- and Post-natal clients and the Elderly. Various positions and adjustable springs in terms of resistance and assistance as well as the use of a variety of other Pilates equipment, makes this possible. Clients like the Elderly and Pre- and Post-natal ladies can be seated or standing, whereas athletes can be challenged with spring tension and a minimal base of support on the Wunda Chair in extreme full-body positions. 

The Wunda Chair is especially good for people suffering from Vertigo, due the many varied upright exercise positions that the Wunda Chair offers. 

The Wunda Chair is especially effective for stretching and rebalancing muscles that have been strained or injured. It offers a whole range of activities that stretches the body including the spine and hamstrings, the core, legs, feet, calves, Achilles tendon, gluteal muscles and arms. 


What makes the Wunda Chair different to the other Pilates Large Machines?

Joseph Pilates wanted his exercise system to work holistically, with each piece of Pilates apparatus complementing one another. So just like Mat exercise improves a clients’ ability on the Reformer, working on the Wunda Chair will definitely up your Reformer game. The same skills, postures and principles applied on the Refomer Machine will be applied to that of the Wunda Chair. 

The next time you are in a Pilates studio, have a seat. Your body will thank you. The Wunda Chair is indeed a “Wundaful” piece of Pilates equipment. 

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