These classes will offer a small group atmosphere with the attention and accountability of personal training.
So, what is Reformer Pilates? Using the Reformer is similar yet different to mat-based Pilates. Reformer Pilates is more intense and dynamic and adds resistance to the Pilates movements. The exercises usually work muscles through an extensive range of motion which is ideal for building and toning muscles and increasing stability through the joints.
The Reformer Pilates benefits:
- Spring resistance helps with strength
- Support helps with joint stability and balance
- Strengthens abdominals, glutes, and hamstrings
- Increases flexibility, improves posture
- Helps develop functional and sustainable movement patterns
- Enhances sport performance
- Helps with your mind/body connection
Joseph Pilates invented the Reformer in the 1920s, and this apparatus is used under the direction of an instructor. While using the Reformer supports the user by adding assistance and resistance to achieve the correct muscle length in a specific manner. This process helps the user achieve their Pilates goals to organize the body’s posture through these coordinated movements.
The structure of the Reformer is similar to a bed-like frame. The platform is called a carriage, and this section is connected to the Reformer by a set of springs. The springs play an essential role by adjusting resistance which the user will push and pull using their body weight and strength.
At the end of the Reformer, there is a component called the footbar, an adjustable bar that holds the spring. During these Pilates exercises, the user can place their hands and feet on top of this bar. In addition, the Reformer has long straps with handles that also allow the user to put their hands and feet inside the handles. These straps are located at the top, just on the other side from the footbar. The springs are adjusted to affect the footbar and handle to modify the workout’s skill levels and body types.
Originally the Reformer was designed to break down the flowing movement of the mat work to strengthen an individual to get them to a level in which they can do mat work effectively. Still, the Reformer also has many more athletic and toning benefits.
The Reformer can be used as a sports-specific training tool since core stabilization is vital to an athlete’s success. The Reformer also provides muscle endurance, lactate tolerance, joint stability, balance, and many other additional advantages.
Some people are a little intimidated when you first look at the Reformer because it looks like something from the medieval ages. Fear not, give it a try, and after one or two workouts, you will soon realize that this piece of equipment will quickly provide the results you desire, and it’s a lot of fun!
Our small group classes of four max participants make these sessions more economical, and you get the personal attention you need to develop your skills. During our sessions, you will get the social experience with accountability that comes with personal training, and these classes are not intimidating or overwhelming.