The Cadillac may look like an intimidating piece of Pilates equipment, but it is actually an incredibly versatile and important piece of traditional Pilates equipment!
Did you know? The Cadillac was Joseph Pilates’ first equipment invention (it was invented before the Reformer) and was originally inspired by Joseph Pilates attaching bed springs to headboards of beds during World War I. The Cadillac is such a formative piece of Pilates equipment that it actually got its name after the car which was the best car money could buy at the time!
There are so many benefits to becoming Cadillac trained as a Pilates instructor, but let’s look at the top 5!
1. CATER TOWARDS A WIDER RANGE OF CLIENT DEMOGRAPHICS
The Cadillac allows you to cater more easily to clients such as –
- Elderly clients and those with limited mobility – the carriage is sturdier and higher off the ground which makes it easier for clients to get on or off
- Weaker clients – the springs on the Cadillac allow for more minute adjustments in resistance
- Dancers – who absolutely love advanced exercises which incorporate strength and flexibility such as Batman and Walkovers
- Pregnant women – more exercises can be performed standing including a large number of arm exercises which help development of postural control and stability
- Clients with poor balance or vertigo – as the carriage is stable the whole time and doesn’t move. You can also do more with fewer positional changes
- Athletes – the Cadillac allows for more functional movements which incorporate combined upper body and lower body movements (this can be more sports specific)
2. LEARN A VAST RANGE OF BEGINNER TO ADVANCED EXERCISES + ADD VARIETY TO YOUR CLASSES
Learn over 140 Cadillac exercises which can be progressed or regressed based on your clients’ ability. Clients can become bored and adapt to the same exercises. The Cadillac repertoire can easily add variety and help push through clients’ training plateaus.
3. MORE EASILY CATER TO INJURED CLIENTS
The Cadillac repertoire has a wider range of postural variations eg. sitting, standing, lying down. This allows more flexibility to work around client limitations.
4. INSTRUCTING CADILLAC IS EASIER ON YOUR BODY
As the Cadillac is more elevated, instructing on this piece of equipment is easier on your body as you don’t need to bend over and can instruct sitting or standing!
5. INCREASE YOUR JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Work in studios which have the Cadillac equipment or combined Cadillac/Reformers – a majority of rehab settings contain a Cadillac, so knowledge of this repertoire can be incredibly beneficial.