Here at Wellcentred, we often get asked about the Pilates Reformer. What is it? How does it work? How is different to Pilates on the Mat?
The Reformer machine is an ingenious contraption – a bed like structure with springs, a sliding carriage, ropes and pulleys.
The Reformer was invented by Joseph Pilates. He originally used the machine to break down the flowing movements of Pilates Mat exercises. It was also designed to build strength and endurance. And this is where the Reformer becomes so transformative!
With the various levels of spring resistance, the Reformer facilitates progressive strength and conditioning focusing on core stabilisation. It builds lean muscle mass without adding bulk. If you are looking for long lean muscles, get yourself acquainted with the Reformer! Elite athletes and all manner of celebrities have!
The Reformer is also a fantastic rehab tool! The machine allows you to exercise whilst lying on your back preferably in a neutral spine. There is no need to be vertically loaded and weight bearing through your lower body. Say you had a knee injury, lying in a horizontal plane enables you to strengthen the muscles around your knee through a larger range of motion using a lighter resistance than your body weight. This will fast track your recovery in a safe manner.
Want to find out more? Keen to try out the Reformer? Get in touch and we will be more than happy to help!