Pilates Studio

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Pilates Studio

Pilates is much more than just the well-known exercises on the floor mat. 100 years ago, Joseph Pilates was already using spring resistance to train fellow prisoners in the internment camp in England during the First World War. A range of Pilates exercise devices evolved from these early experiments. The best known and most popular are the Reformer, the Cadillac, and the Wunda Chair. Guests staying at Schloss Elmau can use the Pilates Studio with its Reformer, Cadillac, and Wunda Chair devices free of charge or practice Pilates on the mat as part of our weekly Fit & Active program. Individual lessons on the mat or in the studio can be booked at any time for a separate fee.

The Reformer

The Reformer consists of a carriage that moves back and forth along tracks within a wooden frame (similar to a bed frame). Springs of varying strength are attached to both the carriage and the platform to provide resistance during a variety of exercises done on the device. The principle is, as so often, a movable base and progressive, i.e. increasing, resistance: Pilates always uses spring resistance, not weights. A complete whole-body workout (feet, calves, thighs, hips, abdomen, back, arms and shoulders) can be performed on the Reformer.

The Wunda Chair

The Wunda Chair is the smallest and most unassuming-looking of the three devices and resembles a small wooden chest with an upholstered seat. The open front contains a padded, divisible crossbar, which can be hooked into the wooden body with different springs. This device, too, allows for performing a variety of exercises for the legs, arms, back, shoulders, and abdominals. You may train freely on these special devices – we do recommend, however, that you at least have our staff explain to you how they work, as spring resistances call for a different way of exercising than weight resistances.

The Cadillac

The Cadillac looks like a massage bed surrounded by a three-dimensional frame made of steel tubes. Many different crossbars, suspended trapezes, springs with handles, loops, and straps make the Cadillac an adventurous-looking piece of training equipment, the versatility of which only becomes apparent once you understand the basic principles of how it can be used. A complete full-body workout can also be performed on the Cadillac. In addition, a trapeze allows for doing exercises in a hanging position.