Pilates Cadillac Intro
The word Cadillac conjures up big convertible cars with fins, electric windows and fancy hub caps and in Joseph Pilates hay day Cadillac stood for All-American comfort, innovation and luxury . That is why Pilates named
this piece of equipment he invented the Cadillac – it has all the bells and whistles you could possibly want and it is big and comfortable.
There are so many elements to the machine: leg springs, arm springs, fuzzy loops to hang from, a push-through bar to stretch you
out, and even a trapeze.
As a piece of equipment it looks pretty intimidating – it is about 6 feet tall. When folks first see it they often laugh uncomfortably and joke that it looks like a medieval torture device or kinky sex playground – and the name trap table, fuzzies and trapeze just feeds into the imagination. Most Pilates Professionals fondly refer to it as the Cadi.
Pilates lore has it that eponymous Joe created the prototype Cadillac to enable bed ridden patients to exercise. His design was simple – a hospital bed with mattress springs attached to the wall. The design has definitely evolved over the years and so have the exercises and stretches one can do on the Cadillac.
This All-American Pilates exercise is called leg circles and is applied to their Golf Pilates Cross Training program developed at PGA National to enhance golf performance You can isolate almost every muscle group on the machine – it is an excellent tool for breaking down motion into small pieces to restore correct motion patterns. Using the leg springs is one of the best ways to get runners to fully use their hamstrings.
Because the Cadillac is such a large piece of equipment it is rarely used in group classes. So the best way to experience this machine is in a private Pilates session. Some studios offer “Pilates Wall Unit” classes. A Wall Unit has one side of the Cadillac mounted on a wall – good for home use too.
Many of the features of a full Cadillac except for the trapeze, horizontal bars and fuzzies are also available in the space-saving Wall Unit, which enables many studios to offer group classes using the arm and leg springs and Push -Thru and Roll Down Bars. Many Pilates reformers also have an optional Pilates Tower unit that serves the same function as the Pilates wall unit. Look for these classes in your area, because they are great.
The Pilates Cadillac is an extremely vestal piece of Pilates Equipment and like all other pieces of Pilates equipment can be used to progress and regress movement in order to address the functional needs of the of the advanced as well as the beginner Pilates enthusiast.
The Pilates Cadillac also has some very unique applications that the will discuss in great detail later in our future Pilates Cadillac Blog posts. Stay tuned for more cool moves you can do on a Cadillac? If your are a Pilates Professional who would like to contribute to this Pilates Cadillac Site please get in touch.
All major Pilates equipment manufacturers make the Pilates Cadillac. Among the most trusted manufacturers and the ones I have used and can recommend are Peak Pilates, Stott Pilates , Gratz Industries, and Balanced Body.