Reformer Pilates Benefits.
“Often we get so hung up on the exercise part that we miss the other tenets - it’s how you breathe, its the energy that flows through our bodies, its how we move”
Brent Anderson, founder of Polestar Pilates
There is probably no other piece of Pilates equipment more famous and instantly recognisable than the Pilates reformer—and for good reasons. The reformer Pilates equipment makes a dramatic impression when you first see one, and an even more dramatic change in your body when you use it.
Reformer Pilates gets you to perform a combination of movements on a Reformer machine. Think of it as personal training for your body but on Pilates machines. It is designed to challenge and strengthen the body, the ‘Reformer’ is named because it was created to reform the body of the participant. It has a large frame, topped with a flat, cushioned platform or carriage. Springs then create the right resistance and you can easily move up and down with your arms or legs. What is totally unique about Reformer Pilates is that it is suitable for everybody.
The reformer also has long straps with handles on them which can be pulled to move the carriage. Through a variety of carefully choreographed movements, Reformer Pilates provides a full body workout. There are many benefits of this low impact exercise that will increase flexibility, improve posture and boost your overall health.
Reformer Pilates Benefits and Pilates Reformer Exercises
Pilates on a mat is fantastic for its results on your entire body and core, and Reformer Pilates is just as effective for getting that core just as strong. But unlike mat Reformer Pilates really targets specific areas of your body. Ideal for full body toning the range of movements engage compound groups of muscles in the legs, arms and shoulders.
2. High intensity, low impact
The use of springs, straps and the carriage in a Pilates Reformer class makes it a low impact fitness option, perfect for treating any injury. Lying on the carriage keeps the range of movements on a horizontal plane, taking any pressure off any problem areas in the body. The low impact nature also means you can do it multiple times a week, and this consistency is key to seeing long-lasting health benefits.
3. Increases muscle strength
The springs on the Reformer a much more efficient type of resistance as you perform Pilates movements, strengthening your muscles and toning your body. Reformer class you will lengthen and strengthen at the same time, working deep into your muscles. Springs can be adjusted to provide different levels of resistance, lighter springs make you work your core harder and the heavier springs develop strength in your larger movement muscles.
4. Gives your brain a boost
Breathing is essential to mastering Reformer Pilates. Focused breath is practiced and concentrating on inhaling and exhaling calms the mind and helps you get into a more rhythmic flow. When we focus on harder movements this also improves your mental concentration, keeping both your body and mind active as you improve their performance and efficiency.
5. Great for athletes
Not only is Reformer Pilates a popular option for those who want performance-enhancing benefits. Reformer Pilates is a dynamic form of Pilates which improves muscle endurance, promotes better co-ordination and balance. Cyclists, Runners, Swimmers in fact all athletes can use Pilates to enhance, change and benefit their routine. With better body awareness technique improves while an increase in over all strength help you to move more efficiently.
6. Ideal for pregnancy
It can be difficult to choose a fitness regime for pregnancy, but Reformer Pilates is ideal and provides a safe option for staying healthy and active during pregnancy. The low impact nature of the exercises are perfect, the pelvic floor exercises will help during childbirth and core work will help keep the back stable and pain free. Exercising during pregnancy will maintain a base level of tone and fitness and most return back to Reformer Pilates after child birth for a speedy return to an active life.
7. Perfect for posture
Reformer Pilates does wonders for your posture too. Your muscles contract to keep you balanced throughout the movements, improving your stability and creating better posture and alignment. Joseph Pilates believed posture was at the root of good health. From breathing better and increased circulation, to having more confidence and injury prevention, posture is a powerful tool for improved well-being.
9. Improves flexibility
Pilates movements are all about quality, not quantity. Reformer Pilates will work your body hard, slowly transitioning between controlled movements which engages and stretches your muscles as you try to maintain your balance. As your muscles strengthen posture improves, so your flexibility will increase. From office workers to athletes, flexibility is vital for overall fitness levels and to lead an injury-free active lifestyle.
10. A great addition to your weight loss regime
Reformer Pilates is not going to see you shed the pounds on its own but when combined with a healthy diet and cardio-based fitness it can be a valuable addition. As you perform the movements your heart rate will increase and stronger muscles will give your metabolism a boost. With hundreds of possible movement combinations, Reformer Pilates will continually challenge your body and keep you from getting stuck in a fitness rut.