Old Dog – New Trick: Pilates equipment – a brief historical overview
«As we all know throughout the years Pilates equipment has evolved and changed – some in the profession feel that this is for the best and others feel that the original design and dimensions are the ‘correct’ way to produce and design equipment and to exercise the Pilates way. I did some research a few years ago on Pilates equipment for a presentation that I gave at the PMA Conference. My initial premise was that many instructors don’t even understand the ‘basic’ mechanics of the equipment, which would include the angles and lines of force on the body and those effects on the ‘mechanics’ of the exercises. This research yielded some interesting facts about the history and the changes.
In my opinion it is a stretch to call our ‘modern’ day equipment Pilates equipment – to me the ‘real deal’ would be equipment that Joe himself made or that he commissioned to be made, and since Joe is deceased our modern day equipment is actually exercise equipment which is utilized in Pilates…»
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