This weekend was the last session in the Cadillac and Chair intensive at Body Harmonics. It was a tough weekend, we learned over 95 new exercises in 3 days! Despite some sore muscles and a bit of a brain fog, it was so inspiring to be around other instructors who are so interested in learning about the body as much as I am. In every field it’s important to keep learning and evolving in what you do. It keeps things fresh, engaging, and most of all it keeps you at the top of your game.
What is the Cadillac?
Many laugh when they see this apparatus because it looks like a torture chamber, or some kind of S & M device. To instructors however, it’s affectionately known as “the caddy.” It is literally the Cadillac of all Pilates machines because of it’s versatility, and endless possibility for movement. Joseph Pilates originally created the Cadillac to rehabilitate soldiers in the internment camp he was staying in during World War I. The prototype was made out of a cot and bed springs, today there are many different models and uses for this piece of equipment.
What is the Chair?
The Wunda Chair is another one of Joe’s original designs. Let me tell you, this piece of equipment is a serious workout! It takes a lot of strength to control the chair. If someone ever tells me, “Pilates is too easy,” I let them try their hand at the Wunda Chair. This equipment is designed to improve your posture and strengthen support muscles in a big way!
Side Leg Extension on the chair. Ok, maybe this doesn’t look like much but you can tell by how red I am that this is seriously tough!
I had such a great weekend, and I can’t wait to try out these new exercises with my clients. There are so many possibilities and I’m so inspired, see you on the mat this week, or maybe even on the caddy!