26 Feb How The Pilates Tower Works
It’s called The Tower of Power for a reason. But do not fear. this amazing piece of equipment is ideal for complete beginners and the experienced alike. As with all Pilates apparatus, what initially appears intimidating soon becomes addictive to those seeking to move better and gain strength. And in Hong Kong, Flex is unique in offering Tower sessions to individuals, duos or trios, meaning a more personalized and focused experience. Also nicknamed the Tower of Truth for its ‘revelations’ of what your body needs, the Tower is a vertical unit that uses a variety of attachments – a roll-back bar, arm springs, leg springs and a push-through bar to provide a full body workout. Basically, it uses a multitude of springs. But it is these springs that provide the amazing neural feedback.
Throughout the 20th Century, Joseph Pilates created diverse pieces of equipment to support his techniques and mat exercises. One of these was the widely used Reformer, which you see in our private and small group studios. It uses springs attached to a central anchoring point. The Tower, however, offers a variety of springs in different locations, allowing legs, arms and torso to work directly with the spring. Where you’re weaker or not as agile, these will shake. You will see this and feel it. Thus the feedback.
As Flex co-founder Heather Thomas Shalabi says, the Tower is incredibly challenging, effective and comfortable, and its stable platform makes it easier to master the seated and standing exercises.
Furthermore, the Tower is done as a private, duo or trio, so there’s time to allow adjustment of springs and resistance for your height, weight, and strength. This slowing down of a session really gives clients a moment to feel their strengths and weaknesses and monitor areas for improvement.
“As with all Classical Pilates, it’s a total strengthening workout without any stress on your joints,” says Heather. Essentially, the Tower works fast on strength building and hugely improves your general Pilates class sessions.
So this is what will happen in a Tower session: a quick warm-up or introduction to the apparatus, as well as briefly talking through individual issues, such as pain or injury. Your trainer will take you through it from all angles – lying down, seated or standing.
If you’re unsure of your physical abilities, a Tower session really allows your trainer to get to you know you and your requirements before you embark on group classes.
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