The Pilates Reformer
Did you know the founder of Pilates, Joseph Pilates, also invented the Pilates Reformer? This amazing piece of equipment can be used at home or in a gym. If you're unfamiliar with the Reformer, always seek help from a personal trainer or someone qualified to give you instruction. At first glance, you might be confused about how it works, but the Pilates Reformer can enhance the way you look and feel!
In this blog, we'll discuss the in's and out's of the Pilates Reformer and how it can help you look and feel healthier.
What is a Pilates Reformer?
The Pilates Reformer has a bed-like flat platform called a carriage. The carriage is attached to one end of the Reformer by a set of springs and rolls back and forth on wheels within a frame. The carriage has shoulder blocks on it that keep individuals from sliding off of the Reformer as they push or pull. At the spring end of the Reformer, there is an adjustable foot bar that can be used by the feet or hands as the practitioner moves the carriage.
How to Use a Pilates Reformer
One of the best features about the Pilates Reformer is it's versatility. Exercises can be performed laying down, sitting, standing and other positions with additional equipment.
There are a variety of exercises that can be completed on the Reformer that promotes strength, length, flexibility and balance. Most Pilates Reformer workouts have to do with pushing, pulling or holding the carriage steady during an exercise.
Many of the exercises on the Reformer have to do with your level of experience on the equipment. There are workouts for beginners and advanced clients.
The Benefits of a Pilates Reformer
If you're looking to improve strength, flexibility, coordination and balance, we recommend trying the Pilates Reformer. Focusing on these things can lead to better posture, efficient movements and pain relief.
The Pilates Reformer allows for full-range of motion, which will help promote flexibility while building strength. The rolling carriage with the springs set at different resistance levels provides challenges to the practitioner that builds strength and develops balance. Having less body weight on the carriage is one of the best ways to make Reformer exercises harder.
Would you like to try exercising on a Pilates Reformer? CoreFit Wellness has one right in our wellness studio! Our experienced Pilates personal trainers would love to take your health and wellness to the next level by helping you gain experience on the Pilates Reformer! Contact us today and schedule a session today!