Curious about the Pilates Tower? Fuse instructor Meredith Capps explains a few of the ways springs and bars can enhance your workout. Give Tower a try at her Posture and Balance Circuit Challenge workshop at Fuse Dupont on March 29th!
By now you Fuse lovers all know what to expect when you sign up for the signature Fuse Pilates class—an intense-but-fun full-body workout using nothing but, well, your own body. And even if you’ve never been to a Fuse Reformer class you’ve probably heard of that most popular and famous piece of Pilates apparatus, the “universal Reformer.”
Less familiar, but no less amazing, is the Pilates Tower. Want to know more about it and why you should add it into your Fuse-tastic routine? Read on…
The Tower is derived from the Pilates Trapeze Table, or Cadillac, a large table overhung with springs and bars and yes, a trapeze swing, that nearly everyone initially believes to be a somewhat troubling combination of hospital bed and torture device. There may be some truth to the former assessment, as Joseph Pilates is believed to have experimented with using springs on real hospital beds for resistance training with bedridden soldiers during WWI. (As for the torture part, you decide.)
A full Cadillac is an awesome piece of equipment, but along the way someone realized that its many benefits could be achieved using nothing more than a tower mounted to a wall or another piece of equipment, rigged up with the same springs and bars, and that this would take up a whole heck of a lot less space…hence the towers at the back of our Reformers.
How can you try the Tower, and why would you want to? Our Circuit classes offer 25 minutes of work on the Reformer and 25 minutes on the Tower. Here are just a few benefits of adding tower training to your Pilates machine workout:
- Stability. The tower is stationary, unlike the Reformer carriage, which is typically moving. Of course we can still do kneeling and standing balance work with it, but you only need to worry about you moving, not the machine.
- The springs can help you! If you’ve ever struggled with a teaser on the mat, try it with a top-loaded bar that helps pull you up. Same for rollups. The springs can also enhance an exercise, like helping you get a little more lift in your swan.
- Or the springs can make it harder… Not sure whether you have a weak side? Since the springs, unlike the straps on the Reformer, don’t stay the same length for you, you’ll find out really quickly whether you have any imbalances you need to address. The heavy purple springs will also take your lower body work up a big notch. If you’ve ever had trouble finding your hamstrings, look no further.
- Streeetch. Working in such a direct way with the springs opens up lots of possibility for stretching and releasing tension in the body. Placing your feet on a bottom-loaded bar, for example, you can create resistance that allows you to release tension in your low back when lie on your back, or open up your hips when lying on your side.
Want to see the Fuse Tower in action? Check it out on our YouTube channel.