Pilates barrels come in three distinct designs:
All three have a curved barrel like shape.
The Pilates ladder barrel is a unique piece of equipment that allows for a number of flexibility and extension exercises. It combines ladder rungs with a barrel surface. The barrel connects to the ladder by a sliding base so that it can fit any body size and leg length.
The ladder barrel is good for stretching, flexibility, stability and strength. For example a common exercise is to stand on the rungs of the ladder, then lean back with your spine resting across the curved barrel. This provides a great back stretch and full extension of the spine.
Ladder barrels are also great at challenging abdominal and waist muscles.
Always good to know the things you need to look for and look out for.
Pre-set locations on the sliding base can be great to help you repeat exercises easily. Look for barrels you can adjust to suit your body and also easy grip handles on the barrel itself.
Check out the padding of the barrel.Always go for a wipeable anti-bacterial cover if this is intended for multiple users in a studio for example.
Look for a solid and sturdy frame. Steel based is usually best as it is durable and long lasting. This will also provide you with the best stability.
Always good to have adjustable feet so you can ensure fine adjustment of the barrel if the floor is slightly uneven.