A Pilates enthusiast will benefit from barrels because they challenge their core stability, spinal strength, and overall flexibility. Its rounded design allows the spine to move into extension and flexion (back and forward bending) comfortably. A barrel can also be used for side-bending exercises that challenge the core and specifically the obliques. The ladder provides a point of stability for the hands or feet while the barrel supports the body during the exercise. Barrels facilitate deep stretching. Advanced clients can use the barrels to perform dynamic, full-body exercises that challenge their practice and connect their mind and body.