What is the Pilates Reformer?
The Reformer is the key piece of equipment used in Pilates. With its sophisticated system of springs, straps and pulleys, the Reformer is very versatile allowing for three-dimensional movement and hundreds of exercises. It is suitable for a broad variety of clients, ranging from rehab to elite athletes.
The main mechanical feature of the Reformer is the gliding carriage or platform. The rollers facilitate the gliding with springs used for resistance. The Reformer usually comes with other attachments such as Reformer Box, Footstrap, Mat Converter etc.
How does it work?
You push and pull off the foot bar using the arms, legs, wrists and ankles to slide back and forth along the rails in a controlled manner whilst the tension in the springs works your muscles.
The Reformer helps you improve core stability and posture whilst working your limbs in a range of motion. The adjustable springs allow for progressive resistance, which enables the muscles to elongate rather than building bulk. Also, the use of springs as opposed to weights places less stress on tendons, ligaments and joints.
Benefits of using the Pilates Reformer
• Balanced strength and flexibility
• Core conditioning
• Long lean muscles
• Better posture