Most Pilates studios will have a Pilates Chair (aka Wunda Chair). The adjustable handles and split foot pedals allow you to also focus on your posture whilst performing various exercises. Usually comes with the ability to lock pedals, adjust the handles to the perfect height and move the springs to various positions to change the resistance. The Pilates Chair will also come with a range of eyelets that allow you attach resistance bands or straps for arm workouts. A truly versatile piece of Pilates equipment.
The Pilates chair is also called the Wunda Chair and was designed by Joseph Pilates, so it has been around for a while. It is essentially a box with one side that can be pressed down against the resistance of springs. Some lighter more streamlined versions of the chair are now on the market. All these chairs are great for home use.
Align Pilates have now produced the Combo chair with even more features than ever including split foot pedals and adjustable height handles.
There are a huge number of exercises you can perform on a Pilates chair. For such a small piece of equipment it is incredibly versatile. It is excellent for core muscles and also legs and arms. You can use it laying down, sitting, standing and from positions to the side of the chair.
The chair helps to improve your balance, improve your posture through pelvic and scapular stabilisation exercises and works spinal flexion, extension and side bending. The chair will increase your strength and ultimately your energy levels.
You can also buy accessories to use with the combo chair including resistance bands and a balance pad
Making sure you're buying the right Pilates Chair means you need to consider a few points before you get started.
You must check out the springs and resistance system. You also want to ensure that spring changes can happen simply and fast. Lastly, check whether you can replace all springs with stronger ones as you get more proficient with the exercises and need more resistance.
Check the handles come with a secure grip and are secure on the chair. This is very important as you will rely on the handles for some exercises and want to feel reassured nothing moves or feels unstable.
Ensure if your chair comes with step(s) they can be worked independently, one only and that they are both non-slip.
Check out the construction on the frame, always look for a steel frame for great structural strength. Rubber feet can also help you avoid trapping fingers under the pedals and it can be really useful if the seat height matches that of your reformer or Cadillac.
The Align combo chair comes as either flat packed or delivered fully assembled so do look at what is right for you before you order.