Hot Topics from Atlanta PT

Pilates Ladder Barrel

Posted By

By Katie Moise PT, DPT 

As the name suggests, the Pilates Ladder Barrel consists of a ladder-like rung as well as an arc-shaped barrel. Rumor has it that Joseph Pilates first created this piece of equipment using a steamer truck and a ladder! The barrel sits on a sliding base that can be adjusted based on leg length or torso size. The Pilates Ladder Barrel is the only apparatus that does not have springs attached. There is a large ladder barrel as well as smaller pieces of equipment called the arc barrel and spine corrector.  


ladderbarrel 300x222 - Pilates Ladder Barrel


Joseph Pilates developed these pieces of equipment to help facilitate spinal movements into flexion and extension while opening your chest and improving overall posture. You can perform a variety of strengthening, stretching and mobility exercises on this apparatus.

DSCN2969 300x225 - Pilates Ladder Barrel

The Pilates Ladder Barrel helps isolate deep stabilizing muscles and challenges the body in all planes of movement.

DSCN2980 225x300 - Pilates Ladder Barrel




Leave a Reply