The Tower is similar to the Pilates Cadillac, one of the first pieces of equipment developed by Joseph Pilates, the creator of the Pilates Method. Most of the exercises performed on the Cadillac can be performed on the Tower. Many take advantage of the padded raised Mat to teach Mat classes. The Footstrap is helpful for Beginners to stabilize their hips. Many modern Pilates apparatus combine Reformer and Tower units.