Pros and Cons of Using a Pilates Chair


Are you interested in the Pilates workout chair but you can’t make your mind up yet? Then I have just the article for you! I will share with you the pros and the cons of using a Pilates chair in order to help you decide if it’s the Pilates equipment for you or not. Let’s have a look at them now:

Pros of using a Pilates chair

Here is why you might say YES to a Pilates chair

Tones the entire body and offers a light cardio workout

A Pilates exercise chair is excellent for toning the entire body and it also gives the user a light cardio workout. It also stretches and lengthens the muscles while strengthening the core (the muscles of your lower back, abs and hip flexors).

Get a professional Pilates workout

The Pilates chair gives a workout that can be compared to a professional Pilates workout if you use the Pilates chair correctly.

Relatively inexpensive

The chair won’t cost you an arm and a leg and is much less expensive that a Pilates machine – making it a great choice for when you are on a budget. The only Pilates equipment that is even less expensive is the Pilates band.


You can pack the Pilates exercise chair up and take it wherever you go – making it one of the most portable Pilates equipments yet (along with a Pilates band and ring).


You can use the Pilates workout chair to exercise in the comfort of your own home, office or wherever you want and you don’t even have to step a foot out of the house to use it.

Cons of using a Pilates chair

Here is why you might say NO to a Pilates chair

Can be uncomfortable

If you use the Pilates exercise chair with the wrong way, it can be quite uncomfortable. So make sure to read or watch the instruction booklet/DVD to make sure that you use it the right way.

Pilates beginner

IF you are a Pilates beginner, you are better off getting a proper Pilates machine or by taking a few classes first before using the Pilates chair as it can be quite advanced.

Not best for weight loss

If your main aim is to lose weight, the Pilates exercise chair might not be for you. The Pilates workout chair might help you lose a little bit of weight, but you are more likely to gain a few pounds (because muscle weighs more than fat). You will however have more muscle definition and you will get leaner.

Need storage space

If you are short on space, you should rather use smaller Pilates equipment like the ring or the band, because although the Pilates chair is not too big, it still needs space.

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