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Pilates Machines vs Pilates Equipment

The Truth About "Pilates Machines"


Updated April 22, 2010

Fitness Circle

A Pilates Magic Circle

courtesy: STOTT PILATES photography © Merrithew Corporation

This quick tip is mostly for beginners, it's about "Pilates machines". Pilates terms change over time, so what I'm about to tell you might not always be the case, but the truth is that it is mostly the uninitiated who say "Pilates machine". Once you get into Pilates, you will find that almost nobody says "Pilates machine". Usually, we say Pilates equipment, or Pilates apparatus for the larger pieces, or we use the specific names of the different kinds of equipment.

With that bit of info out of the way, let me give you a brief on Pilates equipment.

Pilates equipment can be grouped in two general categories. First, there is the small, portable equipment like the magic circles, fitness bands, and the exercise balls. (Just FYI, the magic circle is the only one of those popular 3 that is traditional Pilates equipment invented by Joseph Pilates.) The smaller equipment is popular for studio and home use, and is frequently featured in Pilates DVDs.

Then, there are the larger pieces of equipment (apparatus) that include things like the Pilates reformer, Pilates chair, barrel, tower, and cadillac. This is the equipment you would expect to find at a Pilates studio.

For more on specific pieces of Pilates equipment, see the following links:
  1. About.com
  2. Health
  3. Pilates
  4. Advice and Tips
  5. Pilates Machines - The Truth About Pilates Machines and Equipment

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