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Best Pilates Cadillac Reformers in 2021: The Ultimate Guide

by Brittany Tober |

Looking to purchase a Cadillac to complete your Pilates home studio, but don’t know where to start? Keep reading to check out our top 5 best Pilates Cadillac Reformers of 2021, and be sure to check out our articles on Pilates Reformers and other Pilates equipment too. 

The Basics:

The Pilates Cadillac (or Trapeze Table) most closely resembles a bed with a frame, and it was  developed by Joseph Pilates in the mid 50s or 60s. His idea was to take some classic mat-based exercises and add springs for support and challenge. It is rumored that the reason we call it a “Cadillac” today is because one of Joseph Pilates’s clients saw the table and said, “Hey Joe, is that your new Cadillac?” And, it stuck. 

Whatever the reason for the name, the Pilates Cadillac is great for improving circulation and developing gorgeous lean muscles. 

Exercises:

The Arm Springs Lying Down is one of the first “arm springs” exercises you learn on the Cadillac. 

Come to lie on your back so that your back muscles are pressing strong into the mat below you. Then, using the position in the photograph above, press your feet strong into the mat to awaken the lower body. 

This is not an ordinary arm exercise. When you push the Pilates spring you must move your center in the opposite direction, so you are activating the upper back and core, in addition to the arms and shoulders.

This is just one example of the versatility of the exercises you can do on the Pilates Cadillac. Want to learn more about the Cadillac that might be best for your home studio?

Check out our list of 5 must-have best Pilates Cadillac Reformers for your home or gym Pilates studio

Best Pilates Cadillac Reformers in 2021

Peak Pilates® Artistry™ Cadillac-Reformer Table Combo

An elegant combination of the Cadillac and the Reformer to create an incredibly user-friendly system that is both versatile and made to last. 

Price: $7,400.00

Features: 

  • Quick conversion, ultraglide flip carriage, combined with innovative locking and new four-position contoured footbar. 
  • Five-Spring Kit (1 heavy, 2 standard, 2 light)
  • Unmatched, proprietary spring bar support that is designed to reduce noise by ensuring the smoothest spring changes. 
  • Full trapeze system that includes a padded, upholstered trapeze and precision slider for ultimate comfort and stability.

Private Pilates™ Premium Cadillac-Reformer Bundle

The Private Pilates™ Premium Cadillac-Reformer Bundle is the perfect combination of superior craftsmanship, aesthetic appeal, and life-long durability. 

It’s a great choice for those looking for help with various shoulder, ankle, knee, and hip joint disorders, thanks to the patented 5-stage stopper system that allows for extremely precise adjustments. 

Price: $5,495.00

Dimensions: 70cm x 226cm x 60cm

Weight: 216 lbs

Features: 

  • AISI 304 high quality stainless steel Cadillac frame combined with a classic beechwood main frame for beauty and life-long durability. 
  • Color-coded springs with 5 levels of resistance on the Trapeze. 
  • Patented 5-stage stopper system and plug-in shoulder heads allow for 4 shoulder widths that can be precisely adjusted to help with various shoulder, ankle, knee and hip joint disorders.
  • 3 stage spring gear option that allows targeted resistance adjustment to be made easily! 

Sportline™ Superior Cadillac-Reformer

Made with 100% real single hornbeam wood piece for the frame, the Sportline™ Superior Cadillac-Reformer is beautifully crafted of top quality materials. And, designed with comfort and stability in mind, the Reformer beds allow for silent driving, so you can focus on your workout!  

Price: $4,500.00

Dimensions: 68cm x 236cm x 55cm

Weight: 500 lbs with packaging

Features: 

  • Highest quality, imported, vinyl-coated leathers that look great, even after many uses. 
  • 10x springs on Cadillac (2x long yellow, 2x short yellow, 2x long purple, 2x short red, 2x short black)
  • 3 different spring resistance settings, and 3 graded height settings for different neck angles. 
  • Non-slipping and non-rotating foot bar sponge and zipper system for easy replacement.

Private Pilates™ Premium Cadillac Trapeze Table

Made of toxin-free, environmentally friendly materials, this Cadillac Trapeze Table also offers durability and premium comfort during your workout. At such an affordable price, too, this is hard to pass up.

Price: $4,295.00

Dimensions: 70cm x 226cm x 60cm (65cm with mat)

Weight: 216 lbs.

Features: 

  • A beechwood main frame coupled with a stainless steel Cadillac frame for maximum ease and stability.  
  • Non-slip leather-covered mats with sponge filling provide increased comfort during your workout. 
  • Color-coded Trapeze springs with 6 resistance levels.
  • New! Orthopedic headrest to take you beyond your limits with stretching movements.  

Merrithew™ Cadillac Trapeze Table

The most affordably priced option, and a staple in every well-equiped Pilates studio, this Cadillac is perfect for everyone from post-rehab clients to athletes. It’s ultra-sturdy, and versatile, too. The Merrithew™ Cadillac Trapeze Table will add over 200 exercises to your Pilates repertoire  - a must-have. 

Price: $4,099.00

Dimensions: 91.4cm  x 83cm x 210.8cm

Weight: 215 lbs

Features: 

  • Sturdy construction can support a range of movements from basic functional movements to more advanced acrobatic movements. 
  • Offers multiple spring lengths, tensions, and attachment sites to offer a range of movement  suitable for all levels of ability. 
  • Highly variable spring resistance due to the two sliding doors with multiple spring attachment sites. 
  • Includes Essential Cadillac, 2nd Ed. DVD with 45 exercises

Benefits of Using the Pilates Cadillac

The Pilates Cadillac Reformer is a gravity-based exercise machine with springs that attach straps to legs or arms. For more challenging moves, you can hold on tight and work out your upper body as well.

You'll do many spinal support movements throughout most of these exercises which benefits balance, strength training for the entire body (especially abs), agility improvement - not just in one joint but all over - and overall better posture too.

The metal frame and trapeze also offer plenty of different ways to do new types of gravity-based workouts or upside-down positions making it perfect to work both upper and lower body muscles.

Pilates Cadillac vs Regular Pilates Reformer

The Pilates Cadillac is different from the regular Pilates Reformer because of its adjustable bar that lets you vary the angle and support which means more exercise options.

There are also two sets of foot holders/toe straps on a single platform so you can do a variety of movements including double leg stretch or rollback. That makes it a lot better than the standard Pilates Reformer which only has one set of foot holders on a smaller platform.

You get more features and benefits with the high-end Cadillac than with the basic model, but both offer great ways to do Pilates exercises for increasing strength and flexibility, toning muscles, and developing core strength too.

Final Words

We hope this article helped you learn about the benefits of using a Pilates Cadillac reformer and which are the top 5 best models for purchase in 2021. If you’re looking to buy one, be sure to check out our collection of the best Pilates reformers.