The Cadillac is the evolution of Joseph Pilates’ first exercise machine. With its fixed bars, levers, springs and straps, various exercises can be performed.


The Cadillac stretches the entire body which leads to a release of muscular tension and deeper relaxation.


It also challenges and strengthens your abdominal muscles, gives your shoulder girdle a workout and develops increased spinal flexibility whilst strengthening your back muscles.


The Cadillac is great for people with health conditions or rehabilitation from injury.​


The Pilates Chair appears like a large square stool with a broad foot pedal.


Numerous strengthening exercises can be done on this machine in a seated, standing or prone position. Springs create adjustable levels of resistance, leading to a progressively challenging workout as your muscle strength increases.


This machine develops neuromuscular co-ordination as it strengthens your lower bac​k.

Studio Equipment


The Pilates Reformer is used to incorporate the Pilates exercise technique for a challenging and intense workout.


Springs, leverage and body weight is used as resistance while performing movements targeting specific muscle groups. Workouts consist of controlled, flowing movements which work your muscles through a full range of motion.


The reformer adds increased resistance to the movement. By working to overcome this resistance, training results will improve fitness levels.​

 Ladder Barrel

& Spine Corrector



Both the ladder barrel and spine corrector develops great flexibility in the spine.


The curves of the barrels are meant to correct the imbalances that happen to the body due to gravity and bad habits.​


Equipment Exercises


The Cadilliac


1. Roll Up

Many people may struggle to find the strength and mobility to do matwork Roll Ups, but with the assistance of the Cadillac springs this exercise can be a smooth and enjoyable way to articulate the spine.


2. The Cat

A great exercise with the added resistance of the springs will work to improve your strength and help you to connect into your centre.


3. Pull Ups

This is one of the most acrobatic exercises in the Pilates repertoire. It is demanding but as long as you have adequate upper body strength, it’s great. The ability to articulate the spine, which you have developed through Pilates, enables you to enjoy the freedom of hanging from the frame whilst building strength.


Ladder Barrel


4. Swan Dive

The ladder Barrel is a great place to perform a back extension exercise. Because of the shape of the Barrel you will find you are able to take your entire body, hips and spine through from a fully extended position.


5. Side Reach

This exercise encourages your core support and to improve overall spine strength


The Whunda Chair


1. Swan Dive

The springs will give you support required to lift your spine into extension with length. By recruiting your arms and your spine, you will probably find it easier to open up the front of your hips


2. Side lifts

This exercise reflects the exercise of the Torpedo but, instead of challenging your core by lifting the legs, the chair allows you to lift and lower the upper body while keeping the pelvis and legs still.


The Reformer


1. The Hundred

This exercise is a great example of how we can challenge an intermediate Mat-work exercise with stability and added resistance. The ropes also provide sensory feedback to the hands and arms, increasing your awareness of your movement and position in space.


2. Snake

This requires full body integration. A classic Pilates exercise that requires every part of you to be alert and working. It is similar in shape and pattern to the Advanced Mat-work exercise Side Twist, but more challenging.


3. Long Stretch/Plank

This exercise challenges the stability of the spine, shoulder girdle and with the added movement of the carriage, it offers a sense of length.


Small Equipment


Resistance Bands

They offer both assistance and support during your Pilates workout as well as providing constant resistance which promotes muscle strength. They allow you to move freely and achieve a large range of motion in all directions. Bands can add challenge and variety to your Pilates class. They also help you to enhance body awareness and can be used as a rehabilitation device.


Stability Balls

The Stability Ball has a prominent role in the world of clinical rehabilitation.

Pilates on the stability ball requires the whole body to maintain correct posture, balance and coordination. At the same time it improves muscle strength and muscle tone. It restores or improves flexibility and enhances spinal stability. Maintaining proper alignment on the stability ball stimulates the body’s natural motor reflexes. The ball is ideal for stretching and offers additional options to stretching techniques.


Small Balls

The Pilates Small Ball is a great way to enhance your Pilates workout as it focuses on your core muscle group and increases muscle activity. It can be used to help tone abdominals and inner thighs as well as increasing your strength, endurance and concentration. The unstable nature of the small ball offers a reduced base of support, so can help to challenge the body’s balance and control. It’s beneficial for pelvic floor exercises and suitable for relaxation and shoulder/neck massage.


Foam Rollers

Foam Rollers were originally used for rehabilitation work. The unstable base means that the rollers are great for challenging your core stability and assist in developing the deep stabilising muscles by challenging the body’s balance and control. They can also be used for stretching and massaging by putting your body weight on the roller.


Pilates Circle

The Circle provides moderate resistance to Pilates. They can be used to engage the core muscles and increase muscle activity in the pelvic region. They help to strengthen the muscles in the shoulder, hips, inner and outer thighs. The Pilates circle can also be utilised when performing stretching exercises.


Weighted Balls

Pilates Weighted Balls are used for light weight training to add more resistance to the exercises. The balls can help to develop better balance, coordination and flexibility as well as strengthen the shoulders, arms and upper torso. The soft, hand sized balls are the perfect size to allow you to hold them comfortably. They come in various weights, allowing you to increase the resistance as you progress.


Pilates for Men

Ok men - we know you focus heavily on the amount of weight you can lift in a workout. Pilates, on the other hand, requires you to slow down in order to isolate specific muscle groups and maximize the effect the movement has on them. The awareness that Pilates can bring to your workouts will carry over to your other workouts, allowing you to better target muscles groups whilst strength training.


This class will focus on your core strength, flexibility and balance. It also incorporates cardio. Next-level Pilates in terms of strength, endurance and flexibility will advance your core training techniques (sometimes using supplied props) that will challenge your core from every possible angle.


Increase Core Strength

Pilates requires major stabilisation of your core in order to control movements and activate muscles (hello, 6-pack abs!) and increases muscle strength in your back.


Improve Flexibility

Men typically have tighter muscles, which can hinder flexibility. Pilates uses a specific method to increase functional range of motion in the body, which will improve overall flexibility without compromising progress made in your fitness routine.


Pilates Fusion

Based on the principles of Pilates fusion, the Pilates moves flow in a routine to strengthen and improve flexibility in the body. Pilates Fusion is based on focusing on core strength, flexibility and total body conditioning. This multilevel class will challenge every muscle group whilst sculpting and toning your body through various cardio and strengthening exercises.


Pilates on Chairs at Abbeydale

Pilates while taking a seat! Yes all Pilates exercise are done on a chair; this class may incorporate Pilate’s ring or resistance bands.