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Well this is a traditional piece of Pilates equipment which looks like a bed with springs, with a sliding carriage, attached to ropes and pulleys. The origins of this machine dates back to the original studio in New York in the 1920’s and was designed by Joseph Pilates himself.

Reformer Pilates is More Dynamic.

Reformer Pilates is done using the Pilates reformer machine and is generally more intense and more dynamic than regular mat based Pilates since there is added resistance to the usual Pilates exercises created by using the difference springs on the reformer machine which increases the variety of exercises that can be done. Reformers usually have up to five springs which can be used to increase or decrease resistance and the use of these depend on the exercise and the muscles being worked.

Reformer Pilates Works on the Whole Body.

Regular Pilates works mostly on the core whereas Reformer works the entire body including the peripheral muscles of the legs and arms. Reformer Pilates works on core stabilisation which is vital to any athlete. it also helps with muscle endurance, muscle strength, balance, co-ordination, and peripheral joint stability.

It Was My First Reformer Session?

IMG_1098This was not my first Pilates session but it was the first time I had seen a Reformer machine. I was a little worried when I first saw it since I had a lower back problem and did not want to overdo things and make my back worst. But Cheryl the teacher assured me I would be fine and so since she sounded like she knew what she was talking about I went with it.

Reformer and Rehab.

As I discovered in the session Reformer Pilates is great for rehab purposes since work can be done on the horizontal plane of motion. This is good news for example if for you have a knee injury, this horizontal plane enables you to strengthen the muscles of the leg through a larger range of motion using a lighter resistance than their body weight, speeding up their recovery through controlled movement.

What About the Day After.

Well the next day after my first Reformer session I ached in places I had not ached before exercising with regular Pilates. But the good news was my lower back felt great. I plan to be back to try it out another time very soon.


– by Steve Nobel