The Pilates Studio Explained

The Pilates Studio Explained

Don’t be put off by the straps, ropes and springs when first stepping inside the Pilates Studio – each piece of equipment can be effectively used to strengthen the core, overcome injury and develop long, lean physiques.

The Pilates Studio at Lomax Chelsea has recently expanded, now offering a complete range of state-of-the-art Pilates equipment for one-on-one sessions and classes. Lomax Pilates Instructor, Natalie Rogalski, explains how each piece works and how it can help target specific areas.


THE REFORMER

What is it?
A frame with a sliding platform attached to one end via springs – probably the most popular and versatile piece of equipment.

How is it used?
You can work from either the bar at one end or by using the long straps attached via pulleys at the opposite end. It allows you to work at high or low resistance as it supports the spine as you gradually progress and strengthen from an absolute beginner to a very advanced level.

How can it help?
With the reformer we can challenge your arm, abdominal, back and leg strength as well as train you in many different positions with varying balance and control. An excellent tool for strength, control and flexibility work, it is the piece we often use most in a session.


THE TOWER

What is it?
An extension to the reformer, the tower is an upright frame designed for a spring and swinging bar attachment.

How is it used?
The tower supports you in movements you are not yet able to do against gravity, guides you through a controlled range of movement and challenges you with increased resistance.


COMBO CHAIR

What is it?
A hollow frame about the height of a chair with a sprung pedal at one side.

How is it used?
This piece of equipment is extremely versatile offering a range of exercises ranging from very simple and supportive exercises, to truly challenging strength and control exercises.

How can it help?
Although it offers a little less support than the reformer, the combo chair can be used on its own for an extremely effective, total body workout.


LADDER BARREL

What is it?
The barrel is an elevated rounded arc attached via a platform to an upright frame known as the ladder.

How is it used?
This apparatus is used mostly for stretching and strengthening however, exercises performed on here usually have more of a focus on spinal mobility and segmental control.

How can it help?
Especially good for office workers, the ladder barrel helps to reverse the rounded posture of our spine in most desk based jobs. A feel good piece of equipment!


BARREL

What is it?
A lower and small apparatus similar to the Ladder Barrel.

How is it used?
Having an arc at the centre of this structure, we use this to again exercise the abdominals and back through a larger yet supported range.


ORBIT

What is it?
The orbit is essentially a platform on wheels. Unlike most of the pilates equipment which runs on a set track or through a set plane of movement, the orbit demands more control in the execution of your exercises.

How can it help?
Whether it be to challenge hip and pelvis stability in standing, your arms in kneeling or your core in half and full plank type exercises, the orbit will always challenge your ability to control your movement and work deep from your centre.


Lomax offer a full schedule of daily classes and private sessions in the Pilates Studio at Lomax Chelsea. Click here for more information and prices. view timetable | make a booking


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  • Pilates surely has a lot of unusual equipment but I know that it can be very useful in doing their exercises. Quite interesting to find out what it does and how it develops the body. – http://www.normajeanpilates.com/

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