Find the Pilates Equipment that Works for You at Sheppard Method Pilates

Sheppard Method Pilates incorporates a variety of Pilates equipment options for students with a wide range of mobility and strength in their practice. Our Westwood Pilates instructors can help students find the right equipment to suit their needs, including the Reformer and the Cadillac platforms. Let our team build the Pilates routine that works for you and helps you excel in your practice.

Learn about the difference between the Cadillac and the Reformer from the Westwood Pilates professionals at Sheppard Method Pilates. Call our team today to set up your first class.

What Is the Difference Between the Pilates Reformer and the Cadillac?

The primary difference between the two tables is that the Cadillac has additional vertical bars and cables and a raised frame that resembles a canopy frame. The original Reformer utilizes a table with springs and a sliding mechanism without added suspension aids.

One affords students variability in platform-based movements while the other incorporates in-air movements. The Cadillac helps students achieve a wide range of movements without the need for weights or auxiliary equipment. It helps practitioners utilize their body weight to push, pull, and engage the core while suspended upon its hanging apparatus.

The Pilates Cadillac

The Cadillac is comprised of a trapeze “canopy” style frame, a flat stationary table, and spring-loaded attachments. It also has additional loops and attached bars covered in fuzzy cloth or padding that assists with gravity-based exercises.

It allows the body to be suspended in a variety of positions using the various loops and pulleys. Suspension helps to increase the number of exercises that cannot be completed using the Reformer or the mat.

The Pilates Reformer

The Reformer consists of a moving platform, or carriage, springs, and pulleys. It resembles a bed with a stationary frame but with a moving “mattress” or center platform. The springs that run along the body of the platform can be adjusted by adding or removing them, changing the resistance of the platform against the movements of the user.

The lighter the springs, the less pull the carriage has on its own, requiring the student to pull themselves in using the lower abdominal muscles. Because of this, classes involve adding and removing springs to change the exercises as needed.

Reformers come in a few options of how they are built and their durability. The two main types are the studio and home Reformers. Studio Reformers are durable and typically of higher quality than at-home models to support their extensive use at the studio. This also means that they are built to withstand use by different body types, heights, weights, and sizes. They also may be combined with a tower for increased versatility.

Home Reformers are smaller than studio models, are usually less expensive, and may even be collapsible or foldable for storage. They may include fewer additional attachments and do not come with a tower.

Try the Cadillac and the Reformer at Sheppard Method Pilates

Whether you want to utilize suspension in your Pilates practice or enjoy the benefits of a moving platform, Sheppard Method Pilates has the equipment and the classes for you. Our Westwood Pilates instructors have the knowledge and experience to build your perfect Pilates workout.

Contact our Pilates team at Sheppard Method Pilates in Westwood to learn the difference between the Cadillac and the Reformer and how they can both be great additions to your Pilates practice. Call today to schedule a class with a member of our team.