Friday, April 5, 2013

Exploring the Cadillac

The Cadillac or Trapeze Table is a piece of Pilates equipment with all the bells and whistles of a fancy car.  At first, this 6 foot tall bed frame seems like an intimidating medieval torture device.  However, modeled after a hospital bed with metal pipes to create a canopy over a mat, it is rather basic.  Individual springs help to quickly strengthen clients and enhance their Matwork practice.  Clients experience challenging exercises such as in Teasers with help of the Push Through bar or learn to articulate with the Roll Back using springs to gradually peel the spine along the mat.

This piece is normally used for private sessions.  Other versions of it have been made into Towers or Wall Units for group sessions or home use.  Specialty ones include a convertible Reformer for the best of both worlds.  Leaving out the four posts takes away advanced exercising such as Hanging Pull Ups.

You can isolate almost every muscle group and correct basic movement patterns with ease.  The taller height is an asset for elderly or obese clients.  The Cadillac is expensive yet versatile.

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