One of my favorite things to strengthen the legs and core in Pilates classes is the jump board. It adds plyometrics to a Pilates workout by elevating the heart rate. The benefit for most is that it is done without adding gravity. If someone is experiencing knee, ankle or back pain, the ability to still add cardio through the use of a jump board is available.
The jump board is an attachment that converts a reformer into a horizontal jumping machine. It fixes to the front of the reformer where the foot bar is. While lying with your back on the carriage you can adjust the spring tension and jump on the board as if it were the floor. The springs on the machine can add the resistance a client needs to work quad and upper leg strength and get a really nice muscle “burn” or the springs can be lightened so that it becomes a complete core workout with the “floating” effect to increase lower and upper abdominal control.
I love to incorporate the jump board into the Pilates classes I teach at least once a month so that clients can experience the cardio side of Pilates and then partner it with recovery movements of the core and arms. It has become a favorite with many clients and a great way to burn extra calories during class.
STOTT Pilates Certified Instructor
Lead Pilates Trainer- AYB