Spotlight On The Wunda Chair – It’s Not For Relaxing

The Wunda Chair is a versatile piece of equipment invented by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. He originally designed it as a home exercise machine for his clients in New York City. It is believed that he came up with the concept after observing Chinese acrobats performing maneuvers on a box that could also be used as a chair. Since space was (an continues to be limited) in New York City apartments, he decided that the Wunda Chair should be functional and his early designs converted easily from a chair that could be used for sitting to an exercise apparatus.


Joseph Pilates, who chose the name as a play on the words "wonder chair", used the Wunda Chair in his studio to help rehabilitate clients with knee injuries. He also used the Wunda Chair when training his more advanced clients, as the apparatus allowed him to incorporate a range of exercises that require balance and tremendous upper body strength. In fact, for this reason, the Wunda Chair became very popular among his male clients.


Although today it comes in a number of varieties, the Wunda Chair still has a very simple design consisting primarily of a seat and a pedal with attached springs to provide resistance. The Wunda Chair is often used to assist clients in building core, upper body and lower body strength, while offering a dynamic approach to stability and balance work.


Epiphany Pilates is proud to continue Joseph Pilates' legacy with the Wunda Chair. We offer rehabilitation training using the Wunda Chair for clients with knee injuries and incorporate a full repertoire of Wunda Chair exercises in our private sessions to improve balance and strength. To discover the wonders of the Wunda Chair, schedule a private session with us today!

Eurona Tilley