The large Pilates equipment offers a huge array of exercises to suit any level of experience. From small movements focussing on maintaining neutral alignment to larger global movements requiring increased coordination and strength, your imagination is the only limit to what you can achieve.
Over APPI Pilates equipment levels 1, 2 3 and 4 repertoire on the reformer, cadillac, split pedal chair and barrels is covered. The large Pilates equipment is hugely versatile and the spring based resistance can either support or challenge an almost endless choice of movements. This video demonstrates just a few of the numerous exercises/variations covered throughout the APPI Pilates Equipment Certification. The below explanations gives you further insight into a few of the demonstrated exercises.
Control: Arm press prone on the Pilates split pedal chair is covered on equipment level 2 and is a wonderful exercise to train prone lumbo pelvic control while challenging the upper quadrant. Easily progressed by adding spring load to the pedals for more challenge to the upper limb, or regressed by placing a large gym ball under the legs to reduce the work through the extensors to hold the legs up against gravity.
Strength: Side arm prep, also covered on equipment level 2 challenges the trunk and upper limb. Lighter resistance increases the obliques challenge. Easily modified by lowering onto the forearm - perhaps a good option for those experiencing wrist discomfort. This exercise is a precursor to the higher level movement performed with straight legs and feet against the shoulder rests.
Mobilty: Port de bra, this exercise feels fantastic to mobilise the spine into extension and stretch through the lats and pecs. It also significantly challenges the abdominals through the flexion phase as the movement starts from an outer range position. People should have good neck control, gained through training mat based exercises such as abdominal preparation before progressing to this.
Full body integration: Spread eagle with press up - this fun exercise is covered on our equipment level 4 course and requires full body control and strength. A high degree of body awareness is required to articulate sequentially through flexion and extension without any feedback from the floor as would be experienced during shoulder bridge on the mat for example. Upper body and trunk strength is significantly challenged during the press up phase. This is an advanced level exercise for those who have mastered intermediate level repertoire and can hold their body weight with some spring assistance from the trapeze.
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