The first time you step into a Pilates studio, you’ll likely see some curious looking pieces of equipment. Pilates apparatus are uniquely designed and unlike anything you’ll find in a traditional gym. The largest piece of Pilates apparatus is the trapeze table or often called the Cadillac. Using the trapeze table doesn’t mean you’ll be flying across the studio circus style, but it’s sure to offer a fun, dynamic workout leaving you invigorated.
What is a trapeze table in Pilates?
A Pilates Trapeze Table, or Cadillac is one of the most interesting pieces of equipment used in Pilates. It features a full frame along with a trapeze bar attached to the top and a mat platform below. Its various add-ons provide versatility; such as the roll downs bar, push through bar, ankle straps and springs. This variety allows for numerous exercises and accommodations for a wide range of Pilates students.
The length of the trapeze table is longer than a traditional mat, therefore Pilates mat exercises can also be done on the table without additional props. Due to the height of the table, it’s easier to get on and off, rather than getting up and down from the floor. For that reason, some clients may do better doing their Pilates mat exercises on the trapeze table instead of on the floor.
How do you use the Pilates trapeze?
Pilates trapeze exercises are often done during private or semi-private Pilates sessions. For those familiar with the apparatus, it may also be used during a group tower class. Any exercise done on the Pilates tower, may also be done on the trapeze table. Depending on your Pilates experience, the Pilates instructor will guide you through a series of exercises using various trapeze table attachments. Common exercises include roll ups, push through, leg spring series, arm spring series and teaser.
What is the difference between Pilates Cadillac and Reformer?
The Pilates trapeze table and Reformer are both popular pieces of Pilates equipment. Both utilize spring tension to give resistance during the workout. Exercises on both pieces of equipment can be done laying down, seated, kneeling or standing.
The biggest difference is that the Reformers’ carriage can move back and forth. This is a great feature that targets core stability in a variety of exercises. Props and attachments will also vary between the two. The Reformer jumpboard can provide an excellent cardio workout that is impossible to replicate on the trapeze table. Conversely, attachments like the roll up bar, push through bar, trapeze strap and leg/ arm springs are only used on the trapeze table.
Do you have to be flexible to do Trapeze?
The Pilates trapeze table is accessible for Pilates students at all levels and abilities. The trapeze table attachments can be adjusted in height and strength to meet a wide range of mobility and strength. Not only is the trapeze table accessible for those with limited flexibility, but it’s an excellent exercise for helping improve range of motion.
Is trapeze a good workout?
The Pilates trapeze table offers a full body workout in both strength training and flexibility. Workout levels can be modified for the absolute beginner to advanced. Similar to exercising on the Pilates reformer, body strength is challenged without heavy weights. Rather, varying degrees of spring tension and body weight is used for a safe, low-impact strength training option.
The Pilates trapeze table is a fun piece of Pilates apparatus with a multitude of options to keep your Pilates sessions fresh and challenging. If you’re interested in trying the Pilates trapeze table during a private Pilates session, visit ProHealth Pilates and Physical Therapy in Peachtree City, GA.