Reformer pilates classes are a full body workout that not only strengthen and tone the core and major muscles, but also improve posture and movement. A typical class involves lying on a mat while performing exercises using a machine that has a flat platform, adjustable springs and straps.
The unique design of the Reformer allows for a global strength that doesn’t just target the large muscle movers but activates smaller stabilisers too – making it one of the most effective ways to work out on the planet to create long, lean and powerful muscles without bulk. This is especially important as it helps to support the spine and prevent injury.
As well as a great workout for everyone, the reformer is particularly useful for injury rehabilitation and pre/post-natal conditioning. The machine offers a low-impact, controlled environment and, with the guidance of a qualified instructor, it’s possible to do a range of movements to help strengthen and tone the injured areas to aid recovery.
During pregnancy, the reformer can be used to strengthen the pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles which will help support the lower back as it grows. This helps reduce the risk of back pain and increases postural awareness to avoid aches and pains throughout pregnancy, labour and beyond. Reformer sessions also incorporate deep breathing which can be helpful for pregnant women to aid a healthy and safe pregnancy.
It’s possible to find a class to suit all levels of experience with the Reformer, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced user. Gordon recommends finding a studio that has multiple instructors and offers different levels of class to get the best results and to progress your skills. Generally, the higher level of class you attend, the more advanced and challenging it will be.
There are many different styles of reformer classes and each one will have its own strengths and challenges depending on the movement and the apparatus being used. If you’re a beginner, you can start with a beginners-focussed class that builds your knowledge of the equipment and moves at a slower pace. If you’re already familiar with the basics of the machine and want to step up your challenge, then try a power tower or jumpboard class.
For those looking for a more challenging workout, Frame, London’s original pay-as-you-go boutique fitness studio has a number of reformer options across its multiple locations. These include classes suitable for all levels of experience including a cardio and circuit version, plus those suitable for beginners and advanced users and anyone pre/post-natal. pilates wollongong