When you hear Pilates Chair what do you think of? Do visions of the ab chair infomercial come into your head? Does it sound like something elderly people would use so that they could exercise while sitting in a chair?
The Pilates equipment called the chair was named the chair because Joe’s original design allowed you to convert this mighty piece of exercise equipment into a sitting chair when you weren’t working out on it. Personally I think this is pretty genius from a marketing standpoint! How many people use their treadmill for a clothes drying rack at home? Wouldn’t it be great if that treadmill easily converted into a couch when you weren’t using it? Seriously though, if you are someone who wants to work on balance in your movement practice…you must try the chair!
Whether you are an elite athlete or simply want to navigate day to day life without falls and injury- balance is so important!!
Like all of the Pilates equipment, the Pilates chair is designed to help you find a quicker, more efficient way to get stronger and more balanced in your body quicker. The chair design is simply a small seat with a spring loaded paddle below the seat. Many exercises have you positioning and balancing your body somewhere on the seat and then using the loaded paddle to challenge your balance. The size is just big enough to give you some support, but small enough to challenge your balance and of course your core strength!
Other exercises have you standing on the floor pressing into the spring loaded paddle. Many of these exercises challenge you do do the exercise with one arm or leg while you try to keep balance in your body.
Interested in seeing how Pilates and the Pilates equipment can help you improve your balance? Schedule a complimentary private session at Rivercity Pilates today!!!