Pilates sport became popular soon after its invention by Joseph Pilates at the beginning of last century. Joseph Pilates invented this style of exercises to help the injured soldiers to recover soon. The aim was to provide physical therapy to the soldiers after the surgical operations. Thus they could recover and get back their physical abilities soon.
Joseph invented several exercises without any equipment. Soon he decided the usage of some equipment could accelerate the recovery process. After several trial and error, he made his first pilates reformer equipment. In next years he invented dozens of equipment, some of them survive till today. Even though he made plenty of equipment, the patients continued to get the pilates exercises without an equipment as well.
Pilates without Equipment
This type of pilates studios are very popular, as it is easy to establish the studio without getting any equipment. These exercises mostly use pilates balls, stretching belts and hoops during the classes. The advantages of pilates classes without the equipment is more. The attendants can make pilates exercises everywhere, even outdoor. There is no any space issue, even a very tiny place is appropriate for making the exercises. Everybody can make the exercises alone without the trainer, after getting some basic lessons. The main disadvantage is about the limited quantity of exercises. There are limited options to do without the pilates equipment. The strength level also is not adjustable.
Pilates with Equipment
Equipment provides great variety of the exercises during the pilates classes. There are dozens of professional pilates equipment such as reformers, cadillac machines, wall units, ladder barrels, chairs etc. Each of these equipment provides plenty of exercise types. Only a single reformer machine is suitable for more than 500 pilates exercises. The advantage of using pilates equipment is great, as you can make exercises for every muscle of you body. Only disadvantage of the equipment is related with the space. Pilates equipment are heavy and need some spaces. It can be a problem where a space is an issue.