What Is Reformer Pilates?

Susan Hoff
November 6, 2021

Stretch your body as far as you can. Push your body as hard as you can.

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The pilates reformer machine scares many at first glance. It's quite a contraption with all of the straps, springs, ropes, pulleys, and wheels. While you might think it looks similar to some medieval sort of torture device, don't be intimidated. By the end of your first session, you will realize how comprehensive of a workout the machine will give you and how simple it is to get the hang of. Below is a brief breakdown of reformer pilates to give you a little more peace of mind before entering your first class.

What Should I Expect?

Expect to sweat. While you won't be running or jumping, you will be pushing yourself to your physical limits as you maximize your both your flexibility and strength.

After settling yourself onto the machine, you can slip your arms or legs into the straps and adjust the spring resistance levels to as heavy or light as is comfortable. Your instructor will guide you to move your body in opposition of the resistance springs and stretch it as far as it can go. You will isolate specific muscles, both major and peripheral, while also igniting your core for stabilization.

What are the Benefits?

The reformer teaches you how to engage your muscles more succinctly, which leads to greater strength, flexibility, and endurance at an efficient pace.

You can improve your athletic performance in another sport or hobby, lose weight, strengthen and lean your whole body, and improve your posture and balance. You can easily modify your exercise or the equipment as well. It's a low-impact workout that works well for those who have sustained injuries and who enjoy a challenging, full-body workout without any jarring or pounding.

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