Introduction To Reformer
Reformer Pilates is designed to strengthen the entire body and pay particular focus to core strength. It involves the use of a versatile reformer machine to perform different exercises.
The reformer was invented by Pilates founder Joseph Pilates. It is a bed-like frame with a flat platform (the carriage) that the student lays down on. The carriage is attached to one end of the bed by a set of springs and with the body weight of the student, the platform is either pushed or pulled by arms or legs to slide back and forth. The resistance of the springs and the amount of body weight of the student will make the carriage more or less difficult to move. The reformer has other features such as straps, blocks and jump-boards to perform different movements and make classes varied and challenging.
If it’s your first time using a Reformer, it can look a little bit scary, but you’ll become familiar with it quickly. Look into our BASICS class if you’re a newbie to the reformer.
How The Reformer Is Used
The Reformer is extremely versatile which allows for many techniques and exercises to be performed which will focus on different areas of the body and provide different benefits.
Most exercises involve pushing, pulling or holding static isometric positions on the carriage. Exercises can be performed laying down, sitting, standing, kneeling, pulling the straps, pushing the footbar or pushing off a jump-board. Classes may also include the use of traditional Pilates balls, a ring and light hand-held weights and bands to provide extra resistance to movements.
Benefits of Reformer Pilates
The benefits are plentiful and with consistency they will be seen and felt quickly. Exercising on the reformer accesses a variety of muscles and most importantly it focuses on building core strength and the key muscles in our body – abs, back, buttocks and thighs.
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- Develop core strength
- Improve posture
- Strengthen muscles
- Reduce back pain
- Improve balance & stability
- Increase flexibility
If you’re still wondering whether to come and try it out, this might give you some encouragement, from Joseph Pilates himself…
‘You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions.’
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