Reformer Pilates Explained

As a low-impact form of exercise, Pilates is popular with those wishing to build strength and tone their midsection. Reformer Pilates uses a machine, which was originally designed by the founder of Pilates, to assist and support you as you work through a range of Pilates movements. The reformer machine looks like a massage table with springs and has a sliding carriage with a pulley system and ropes. The reformer can look quite intimidating if you've never used one before, but it's actually very simple to use. Read on to learn about how the reformer works and the benefits of reformer Pilates.

1. How the Reformer Works

Reformer Pilates classes are taught by instructors who've had additional training to allow them to use and teach with the reformer safely. You practice Pilates on the reformer in a similar way that you would on a mat. All movements are carried out from a supine position, but the support offered by the reformer allows you to more easily target specific muscle groups. The springs on the reformer create resistance and you can adjust the resistance to suit your needs and goals. This allows you to vary the intensity of your Pilates practice, which is more difficult to do when practising on the mat. The pulley system allows you to go deeper into each movement and enables you to achieve a deep stretch with the added support of being connected to the reformer machine.

2. Benefits of Reformer Pilates

Reformer Pilates offers a good all-round workout for anyone, but the additional support offered by the reformer makes it particularly beneficial for those recovering from an injury. It's also useful for women who are pregnant and want to continue working on their core strength without having to roll around on a mat. Reformer Pilates offers a whole-body workout that allows you to isolate and work on certain areas of your body if you wish. Using a reformer machine can teach you how to engage your muscles properly and can improve your posture and balance. It's also been reported that reformer Pilates can help with back pain, as it can be used to improve strength and flexibility across your torso. Additionally, the ability to use the ropes and pulley system for support and to alter the resistance of the springs makes reformer Pilates a practical and safe exercise option for older adults who have mobility restrictions and who would otherwise be confined to a sedentary lifestyle.

If you would like to find out more about how reformer Pilates can help you reach your fitness and wellbeing goals, contact your local instructor.