Because I’m so passionate about Pilates, I love sharing information about this wonderful form of exercise with my clients, family and friends. I’m always looking for interesting articles about Pilates to share on the studio Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram. If you’re following me on any of these you may have seen some of my educational and fun posts. If you are not following me…why not?! Get off over there and hit those “like” and “follow” buttons.
So the other day when I came across an article titled “What are the Benefits of Reformer Pilates?” I was excited to read the article and hoped to have some great information to share with y’all. However, when I opened the article to read it I was more like wah-wah. I was underwhelmed by the article and actually decided to NOT share it. Which inspired me to write this blog post instead.
A lot of people who are new to Pilates get a little overwhelmed with this piece of apparatus that perhaps looks like some sort of medival torture device. I hope this blog post is a great primer to the wonderful piece of Pilates apparatus known as the Universal Reformer and that it takes some of the fear out of starting your Pilates practice because of the unknown.
What is the Pilates Reformer?
The Reformer is the most recognized and most popular piece of apparatus in the Pilates studio. This is the central piece of equipment used in most Pilates classes and studios. The Universal Reformer, so called because it is used for “universally reforming the body”, creates a balanced workout that is great for everyone regardless of fitness level.
Invented by Joseph Pilates himself, the Reformer is a bed like piece of equipment with a moving carriage. The carriage is attached to springs that give resistance to the exercises performed on the Reformer. The Reformer has straps that both the hands and feet can be placed in for various exercises.
The work on the apparatus focuses on a full body workout with small and controlled movements using the springs for resistance. Just like a Pilates workout on the mat, focus is put on building core strength, but now we work against the springs to focus on control and centering.
Your session on the Reformer will be a full body workout. Classes typically start off with a warm up while lying down. As the class progresses you will focus on specific muscle groups through exercises that have you lying down, sitting, standing and even being in an inverted position. While Pilates on the Reformer is low impact and safe on the joints, you will still find it a challenging workout.
The Benefits of the Pilates Reformer
The benefits of working out on the Pilates Reformer are similar to those from a mat workout. This is a full body workout that will help to lengthen and strengthen the legs, glutes, hips, arms and back as well as strengthening the core.
Benefits of your Reformer workout will include:
- a stronger core
- improved flexibility
- greater balance and posture
- relief from physical pain such as back pain and stiffness
- creates longer and leaner musculature
- builds all over body strength
- teaches stability
I hope this takes some of the fear out of starting your Pilates practice because you were unsure of that thing in the studio that looks like a torture device.
If you are ready to get started on your Pilates practice, please call or email the studio to set up your New Student Intro special. Worcester Pilates is a boutique studio that offers private, one on one instruction to help you reach your health and fitness goals.