The fitness industry has long embraced the mind-body connection, and now that approach is making its way into athleticconditioning and active-aging markets. To support that trend, we at STOTT PILATES have created an exciting new apparatus that lets you mimic movements you perform in daily life, regardless of your fitness level. Whether you’re looking to enhance your athletic performance, recovering from having a baby or just wanting to challenge your Pilates practice, you can take your next step with our newest apparatus, the V2 Max Plus™ Reformer.
My husband, STOTT PILATES president and CEO Lindsay G. Merrithew, created this multidimensional machine, which is designed to combine exercises performed on the Cadillac, Reformer and mat and help you break through physical barriers by delivering benefits that you never thought possible. Quite simply, the V2 Max Plus takes multitasking to a whole new level. Its retractable rope system under the carriage and traveling pulley system on its vertical frame enable you to perform exercise combinations that weren’t doable before. This innovative Pilates machine is perfect for anyone working in a limited space.
The dynamics created by the pulleys and ropes will help pros reach new heights and beginners develop the body awareness to perform everyday functions more efficiently. The ropes and pulleys reinforce muscle memory to execute common movements (such as reaching while squatting and turning) while increasing allover strength and improving balance, which can break the cycle of compensatory movement.
A true multiplanar, biomechanical training tool, the V2 Max Plus is equipped to help you perform an unlimited number of exercises. And it’s the first machine to offer exercise options to expand sport-specific programming with a full range of motion for such movements as overhead throws. And for people who have trouble getting on and off a low platform, we also have the V2 Max Plus Rehab Reformer, which is six and a half inches higher off the ground, to serve a broader range of people.
Out of the huge repertoire of exercises, I’ve chosen a sampling to give you a sense of the V2 Max Plus’ diversity and range. I hope this workout whets your appetite for more!
V2 MAX PLUS™ REFORMER EXERCISES
BACK ROWING (ROUND BACK WITH EXTENSION)
Benefit: Using the pulley tension above your shoulders helps engage your mid and low shoulder girdle muscles, gives your spine extra support through the increased range into extension and allows for increased abdominal strengthening. Sitting on the long box relieves tension in your low back, hip flexors and hamstrings.
Setup: Sit on the long box facing the vertical frame, feet hip-width apart. Make sure to sit far back enough to roll your shoulder blades off the end. Reach forward and hold the handles, palms facing inward.
- Exhale and begin to roll sequentially down through your spine. Stabilize your shoulder girdle as you bend your elbows and pull both hands toward your chest.
- Continue to roll down until your spine is on the box and your upper back is flexed.
- Inhale and extend your spine and both arms overhead and out to your sides. Exhale and roll your spine back to start position.
BUTTERFLY (ARMS PULLING STRAPS)
Benefit: Using pulley tension from above allows your shoulder blades to maintain a neutral position while you work on increasing the strength of your shoulder muscles and muscles surrounding the spine.
Setup: Lie facedown on the box with your head toward the vertical frame, upper body slightly rounded over the end. Keep legs long and together and arms long with hands in the straps.
- Keeping both arms straight, exhale and pull the straps back to your hips as you extend and slightly lift your upper body.
- Inhale and circle both arms out to your sides and back, keeping them straight. Return to start position
Benefit: Using pulley tension from above increases range of motion so you can more easily execute a pitch or an overarm throw. It also strengthens your abdominals, spine and deep shoulder rotators.
Setup: Sit on the long box facing the footbar, feet straddling the box. Slightly rotate your torso to one side, holding the strap in your hand on the same side. Keep your arm at shoulder height with elbow bent, palm forward and opposite arm reaching forward.
- Inhale and bring the hand holding the strap forward and across in a throwing action as you straighten your elbow, rotate and round your torso forward and reach your opposite arm back.
- Exhale and return the extended arm up and back, bending your elbow and rotating your torso back to start position. Repeat on the other side.