5 Things to Know About Pilates Exo Chair Routines
by Kelsey, Director of Instruction | Maiden Lane Studios

Starting in the month of October the Pilates Team at MLS will be adding in more “Mixed Apparatus” classes. These mixed classes combine the use of the reformer, small props, and the “Exo Chairs.” Many of you have never used these chairs before and probably wonder what kind of healthy torture we might put you through on them, so I wanted to give you the low-down and get you prepped before signing-up for one of these fun and challenging classes.

The Pilates Exo Chair

The Exo Chair, is based off of the original design of Joseph Pilates’ Wunda Chair. The Wunda Chair was originally designed as a home exercise machine that served as both a piece of workout equipment that you could perform your Pilates exercises on, as well as a functional piece of furniture you could sit on and use in your home.

There have been many modifications and adjustments made to the chair over time, and the current model at MLS consists of a seat, a split pedal, and springs attached to the pedal that can adjust in resistance. Our chairs also have the capability to add on a Functional Resistance Kit that increases the amount of full body movements you can perform on it.

5 Things to Know About Pilates Exo Chair Routines

Here are 5 things you should know about the chair and what to expect in mixed apparatus classes at Maiden Lane Studios:

  1. Balance – Expect your balance to be tested. Because most of the movements performed on the chair are done in a seated, kneeling, or standing position, they require core strength and comprehensive balance throughout the whole body.
  2. Full Body Strengthening – Multiple muscle groups are working at the same time to build strength throughout the body. This full body work is efficient and effective, helping you to move more functionally, which, in turn, help you perform daily tasks much easier.
  3. Control – Expect your body awareness and body control to be improved by adding these classes to your routine. Many of the movements on the chair are done at a slower pace with an emphasis placed on the precision of the work being done, which in turn creates more control.
  4. Experience Pilates newbies should stick to reformer classes until they feel really comfortable with the work on the reformer and have built more strength and mind-to-body awareness. Also, please note that all MLS instructors are highly experienced with work on the chair and will teach class-appropriate movements.
  5. Fun – It is fun to learn new movements and incorporate different pieces of equipment into your practice. The chair can be one of the more challenging pieces of Pilates equipment, but remember, if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you!

I look forward to seeing you in the studio,

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