Reformer Pilates: Undone

January 28, 2018

New to Pilates? Well here is a quick read for you!

 

Reformer Pilates’ classes are quickly becoming one of the most effective ways to tone your body and target the smaller stabilizer muscles, which are normally missed during every day activities.

 

For anyone who is new, seeing a Reformer for the first time might be overwhelming. Don’t worry – it takes a few sessions to get use to the Reformer but soon enough you'll be loving it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You're not alone- many people wonder how the Reformer machines work.

This versatile piece of equipment is used to give you a full body work out through the movement of the carriage. 

 

There are a few key components of the equipment to get your head around: 

 

Springs

There are a total of 5 springs – 4 full springs and ½ strength in the middle. The springs in Pilates are used as your “weights”. To adjust the springs, always hold onto the spring (not the ball) so you don’t pinch your fingers.

 

Head Rest

The head rest has 3 height positions – flat, half raised and fully raised. Your instructor will advise you on the position that is suitable for you. If you need extra neck support, a cushion is recommended!

 

Ropes and Straps

The straps serve a dual purpose – they may be used as a hand strap (small loop) or a foot strap (Larger Loop). Movement of the straps causes movement of the carriage.

 

Box/Jump board

Some exercises require the use of a box or jump board. It is important to listen to instructions carefully especially when placing the box on the Reformer. Please be mindful getting on and off the box as it can easily tipped.

 

Like any work out, to get the most out of Pilates, it is best to join in 2-4 times a week. Sound like something you might like? Well don't wait- get started now!

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