Reformer Pilates is similar yet very different to mat based Pilates. Reformer Pilates is done using the Pilates reformer machine and is generally more intense and more dynamic than mat-based Pilates as it adds resistance to the Pilates exercises via the use of the springs which form part of the machine.
What can Reformer Pilates do for you?
- Full body workout Using a Reformer to perform specific, individualised movements will give you a balanced, full body workout. The subtly of the springs on a Reformer, globally strengthens the whole body to not just target the large muscle movers, but also activate the smaller stabilisers. Where there is uneven weakness, you are also able to work unilaterally to focus in and correct imbalances.
- Builds strength and tones muscles Reformer Pilates allows you to move through full range while working on strengthening muscles. This dynamic form of exercise cleverly uses the machine’s springs and levers to create resistance and allow for equal focus on the concentric and eccentric contractions to create long, lean, toned muscles. It not only targets major muscle groups, but also the small stabilising muscles are called to action when working on a reformer machine.
- Low impact (but high intensity) – Meaning it is great for anyone with injury Reformer Pilates is ideal, under professional guidance, for anyone suffering and recovering from an injury. The springs and ropes are specifically designed to enable you to work in the horizontal plane rather than weight bearing, reducing the load through your body. The low impact allows for repetitive movements to occur which in turn tones and strengthens the injured areas to speed recovery.
- Improves core and posture Many of the exercises performed on a Reformer machine target the core whilst working the peripheral postural muscles at the same time. A stronger core is essential for ideal posture.
When should I recommend Reformer? If you know anyone with the following goals:
- Getting stronger
- Recovery from injury
- Mental health
- Core strength
- Postnatal recovery
- Postural alignment
What can a client expect?
Reformer is the exercise of choice for those looking to strengthen, balance, lengthen and tone. The 50min class is suitable to everybody. From beginners right through to the more advanced Pilates student. Strengthen your core and develop long lean muscles using spring loaded resistance on a reformer machine.