Pilates Low Chair by Peak PilatesDeceptively resembling a stylish little stool, the Pilates Chair (most commonly known as the Wunda Chair or Stability Chair) is one versatile exercise machine. Don't let the word "chair" fool you - it's not necessarily a sit-down workout.
While many of these Pilates exercises are performed seated on top and pressing down on the step/pedal with your feet, others entail lying on the floor, standing straight up, lunging forward or doing push-up like moves with the arms. More than 75 exercises can be performed on the Chair - it makes it a great addition to your physical fitness routine.
Once again, adjustable spring resistance is the key to challenge with this specialized piece of fitness equipment. In most models, four springs and five spring attachment positions make for a wide range of resistance. While pressing down on the step with arms or legs, the much of the stabilizing work is up to the torso - it's harder than it looks. This apparatus activates the lower back, buttocks, shoulder, transverses abdominals and pelvic region and heightens neuromuscular coordination. From a rehabilitation perspective, the Pilates Wunda Chair or Stability Chair is particularly effective for stretching and rebalancing muscles that have
been strained or injured.
Stamina Pilates Wunda ChairJoseph Pilates' original design had one spring-loaded pedal, but several reputable equipment manufacturers had modified the Chair to expand the exercise potential of the machine. One such modification is splitting the step/pedal so one can work on rotational movement and reciprocal movement of the peripheral limbs. Handles, chair backs, rotational discs and other accessories can be added for increased variety. Some Chairs are designed to be adjustable from high chair to low chair mode.
The price of a basic Pilates Chair starts at around $700 upwards to $1200 and beyond, depending on the make and model. Check out Pilates equipment manufacturers such as Balanced Body , Peak Pilates or Stott Pilates for specific details.
Some features to consider:
- a set of heavy and light springs to accommodate a range of exercises and abilities
- a two-in-one single and split step combo for versatility
- a padded, non-slip seat and step for comfort and safety
- adjustability for use with or without handles
- a sturdy, solid base to prevent tipping
- heavy-duty, comfortable and cleanable upholstery on seat
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