Benefits of Reformer Training
The Reformer is a traditional piece of Pilates equipment invented by Pilates founder Joseph Pilates. It has a bed-like frame with a flat carriage attached by a series of springs and pulleys. The springs provide differing levels of resistance to increase the intensity of an exercise or to support the position and aid correct execution of the movement.
Reformer training brings a range of benefits, including improvements in muscle strength, flexibility and posture. At an introductory level the exercises are performed slowly with precision and control, many whilst lying down on the carriage. This reduces impact and prevents excessive force moving through vulnerable knee and hip joints. More experienced participants may progress to standing work or even cardiovascular training using the tramp or springboard as part of an athletic conditioning programme.
The basic Pilates principles of precision, control, breathing and focus are still applied to all of the movements but the repertoire of exercises available are limited only by your instructors creativity. Group Reformer classes are small in size and your specialist instructor will guide you through every part of the class from how to get onto the Reformer to how to alter the springs and even work with your feet in the straps.
Exercising on the Reformer adds a new level of intensity to Matwork exercises that will help lengthen, define and reshape your muscles, you can expect to see improvements in body shape, tone and strength.
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