What on Earth is the Wunda Chair?

The Pilates Wunda Chair – A piece of equipment you need to try out!



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It’s late 1930’s to early 1940’s. Joseph Pilates has moved to New York and has set up a fitness studio that has taken the locals by storm.  All manner of athletes, dancers and ordinary people are flocking to the studio to try out his mat and equipment classes.  People needing rehabilitation from injury are amazed at the progress they are making; athletes and dancers are seeing improvements in their sports; however, there seems to be an underlying desire for a smaller piece of equipment that is practical for people to have at home to continue their practice.

One of Joseph’s friends suggests the idea and he accepts the challenge of making a revolutionary piece of equipment that could not only keep the main Pilates Principles alive but also fit in to the small NYC apartments. Thus the Wunda Chair was born! It consisted of a seat, pedal and springs attaching to the pedal to alter the resistance. The chair was designed on an already existing piece of equipment, the Reformer, but when not in use could double up as a normal chair to sit on.

People seemed to love this chair more than the other equipment in Pilates’s gym and at one point over 60% of users were men. Although a lot smaller than the other equipment it’s remarkable ability to build and stabilise the core, strengthen both the upper-body and lower body while increasing overall physical condition still amazes people today. Athletes such as Missy Franklin (swimmer) and Tiger Woods (golfer) swear by it to maintain their performance and improve injuries. Dancers and gymnasts use it today to maintain their physique and help with career longevity and it is now used in rehabilitation of injuries, and general strengthening for all people.

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The Wunda Chair has exercises to suit everyone, right the way through from beginners to those practicing more advanced Pilates

For a while there has been a lot of social media interest in the Pilates Reformer - a bed like piece of equipment where you can pull and push yourself with a pulley system. However, the Wunda chair still holds the top place in studios for being a ‘go to’ exercise machine. The chair has exercises to suit everyone, right the way through from beginners to those practicing more advanced Pilates, and can even be used to help people with Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis in certain cases. The springs are used to not only create more resistance but to also aid the user by helping them lift the pedal up again.  It is this unique ability of the chair that can strengthen and tone muscles, increase flexibility, help with rehabilitation of injuries, improve sporting performance and help with pre and postnatal fitness.

The unique ability of the Pilates Wunda Chair can strengthen and tone muscles, increase flexibility, help with rehabilitation of injuries, improve sporting performance and help with pre and postnatal fitness.

We are very excited to be able to offer Pilates sessions on the Wunda chair at our clinic in Melbourne. If you are unsure of whether these sessions would be suitable for you, get in touch today. We can advise as to whether you would enjoy and get the most out of a Wunda chair session, and book you in for a taster.

Call us today or pop in to the Clinic for more information and to pre-book your slot!