Designed by Joseph Pilates, the reformer is a machine based on spring resistance. It has a carriage that moves forward and back along stable rails. For certain exercises, cords with straps for your hands or feet may be added. The reformer challenges you to use your core as you push and pull against the springs.
Because Pilates is the “thinking person’s” exercise, and direction on the reformer is key, many report leaving reformer classes with a sense of clarity and focus. Building on key Pilates principals, you will leave the reformer feeling balanced and strong, lengthened and open.
Reformer classes are for all levels of fitness, various body types, and can be beneficial for people with specific needs. Depending on the class, a reformer workout can be challenging, very releasing and gentle, or both.
You should consider a reformer class if ...
- you are looking for a physical and mental challenge.
- you have balance issues. You can strengthen the appropriate muscles needed for balance without fear of falling.
- you need to lengthen and release. The reformer’s corded straps — which you can attach to the arms or legs — will help you do this.
- you have an autoimmune or inflammatory disease. The flowing motion is gentle on the joints, and the mind-body connection is like no other workout. A reformer workout helps stimulate the central nervous system, which the muscles respond very positively to.
- you have bone density issues. Osteoporosis is on the rise — 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men over 50 reportedly have it. Keeping the spine in a safe position while exercising is crucial. The reformer can help you focus on safe positions while working with resistance, which is exactly what you need to keep osteoporosis from progressing.
If you have any questions about the reformer, or if you'd like to schedule a session, feel free to contact me. You can view my upcoming group reformer classes here.