23 Dec What is Reformer Pilates?
Reformer Pilates, what’s all the fuss about it?
The practice of Pilates has evolved immensely since its humble beginnings on the floor mat. New technology has allowed us to have a better understanding of how the body works and how it responds to training.
How does it work?
Reformer Pilates is performed on a machine which adds an element of resistance and allows for a more dynamic workout. The controlled movement practised in reformer Pilates creates a consistent yet diverse way to strengthen, build muscle and even rehabilitate. Pilates works to stabilise the core which has many benefits: muscle endurance and coordination just to name a few.
A distant cousin of the Pilates mat, the reformer machine is much more versatile and allows for a greater scope of motion. Still a very core based workout, it works the body and builds strength in a multitude of positions.
Give it a go!
Newbies are sometimes intimidated by the reformer machine, with its springs and pulleys in clear sight. The reality is that a reformer Pilates class will be the most fun you’ve had during a workout in a long time.
With its sliding carriage, the reformer machine creates a flowing feeling that is hard to replicate in clunky exercise machines or on the hard floor. The beauty of reformer Pilates is that it works the entire body without placing stress on the joints. The horizontal nature of the reformer takes the weight off the the knees and legs and therefore is great for recovery and strength building.
Reformer machines are fully adjustable and therefore easy to tailor to any individual and their capabilities. Therefore a reformer workout is fully customisable from person to person and caters to any fitness level. Pop Up Pilates reformer classes are a great avenue into exercise for beginners while still providing a challenges for athletes!
Perhaps the most powerful of benefits, Pilates has been hailed for its ability to strengthen the connection between body and mind. The breathing techniques used in sessions create an awareness of the engagement of joints and muscles. This consciousness in turn aids in the effectiveness of a workout while creating a deeper understanding of one’s own body. The key to a great workout is knowing yourself and how it operates!
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