Pilates on the Reformer is an incredible movement system that is endlessly beneficial for your mind and body and one that should run so much deeper than the dream of a flat stomach! Beyond your toned abs your body will be transformed from the inside out. You will notice the difference in how your body looks and moves, improving your alignment, posture, strength and flexibility.
The calming power of reformer pilates will clear your mind, leaving you de-stressed and relaxed, while taking your body confidence sky high.
A Reformer Pilates class takes your whole mind and body through an incredible flow of movement, using actions such as squatting, lunging, rotation and extension. The aim is to get our bodies moving again, stretching, strengthening, increasing mobility and challenging our neuromuscular patterns to get our bodies back into sync.
Your coordination is not as good as you thought it was… While you thought you nailed your left from your right decades ago, there's something about trying to balance on a reformer machine that throws the whole system into disarray.
Exhaling and inhaling can be confusing… No matter how many times you're told to inhale and exhale throughout your session, you still find yourself holding your breath for prolonged periods, and only realising after your teacher spots your red face and pursed lips!
With the introduction of Group Reformer classes to the timetable you might find yourself wondering…...”should I be rolling out a mat to do Pilates, or strapping into a Reformer “
Pilates mat workouts and Pilates Reformer workouts provide similar benefits. Working against resistance is essential to the Pilates method which is designed to train the body’s “powerhouse” (the abdomen, lower back, hips, and buttocks). You can accomplish that in Pilates using either a mat, where your own body weight creates resistance, or a Reformer, where pulleys and springs create resistance.
But the question still remains: should you do pilates on a mat or on a reformer?
Here’s a breakdown of the two types of classes to help you decide.
A Pilates programme on the Reformer will optimize knee function. To help you understand how to help your knees, it is important to understand the way your knees work.