What is a reformer?
For people new to the world of pilates, a reformer can look like an intimidating piece of equipment.
A reformer is just one of the large pieces of equipment on which to perform traditional pilates exercises, just like the cadillac, arc barrel and split pedal chair. A reformer consists of a moving carriage, connected to a frame via springs, which can be altered to increase or decrease resistance. The reformer also includes both leg and arm straps. Exercises can be performed in all the positions of traditional mat work pilates in standing, side lying, kneeling, all fours and standing.
Who can use it?
Anyone! For those completely new to pilates it’s advisable to get to grips with the principles on the mat but then to increase the challenge many people progress to the reformer.
Why use the reformer over regular mat pilates?
Its main advantage is versatility. It caters for different abilities, sizes, positional preferences and literally any muscle group can be targeted. It can be used where low impact may be preferred, for example recovering after an operation, or during the later stages of pregnancy when you can’t lie on your back anymore.
Every single sporting task or activity from a tennis serve to a golf swing, from road cycling to hill running, all can be broken down into movements and postures. These postures can all be translated and challenged on the reformer, using a combination of leg straps, arm straps, long boxes and various other pieces of equipment in order to optimise control in these typical sporting postures and therefore improve movement efficiency.
What do I wear?
Loose clothing you can move in (and socks). Try to avoid anything too frilly or with drawstrings as these may get caught in machinery.
Who will show me what to do on it?
Reformer classes should be closely supervised either on a one to one basis or in a small group – and don’t worry you are not expected to alter the settings on the reformer yourself, we do that bit for you!