The Wunda Chair was created in 1945 by Joseph Pilates, the creator of the Pilates method. It was one of the first apparatus' to have springs which were attached to a pedal. The Wunda Chair was invented by Joe as the first functional home-gym apparatus, as it is able to convert into a regular chair.
The patent filed Feb 3, 1930 and issued on August 30 1932 resembles a recliner. The chair could be rotated so the backrest was on the floor, you would then sit on the part your legs would have folded over and press down on a foot rest supported by springs.
Many exercises can be performed in a variety of positions:
Sitting and pressing down with the feet on the pedal, Footwork.
Step from the pedal to the seat, similar to climbing stairs, or Going Up Front
Standing and pressing on the pedal with hands or Push Down
Standing on the pedal with hands on the seat of the chair or Pull Ups
Push Ups, with one pressing on the pedal while the body is in a plank position
and the list goes on...You truly can get a total body workout using the Wunda Chair.
Other versions of the Chair include:
The High Chair, which has back support and handles and is sometimes removable.
The Electric Chair or Baby Chair, also with back support but the springs are up by the shoulders and there is no pedal.
A split pedal chair with two pedals that move independently.
Accessories, some teachers will use the long box from the Reformer. Others use a moonbox or even handles that attach to the springs. Beginners can use a block of wood or cushion stopper under the pedal to keep it from going all the way down.
The chair, like the other apparatus', boasts a variety of exercises that work the Four S's of Pilates: Strength, Stability, Stretch and Stamina!