Do not fear the Pilates Reformer! I continually see people refer to the Reformer as “what appears to be a torture device in a torture chamber”– I am here to tell you that this is not the case. First of all, let me be clear, the Reformer is NOT a torture device. It might get you to raise an eyebrow but not a torture device for sure.
Once you get the hang of it, it is an amazing way to experience exercise for your whole body, and there are always new things to learn and new ways to build upon your current routine and use. About.com writes about the Reformer, “Exercises can be done lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps, pushing the footbar, perched on the footbar, perched on the shoulder blocks, with additional equipment, upside down, sideways and all kinds of variations thereof. In other words, the reformer can train many parts and dynamics of the body in so many different ways with just one relatively sleek piece of equipment.”
Using the Reformer and or any other Pilates machine, you’ll see many of the same benefits as you would from a Pilates mat class: strength, flexibility, muscle tone, balance. What you might notice is that these subsequent “results” result faster when using the Pilates equipment versus the mat classes. From this increased strength, flexibility and so on come the benefits that Pilates is so well known for: the long, lean look; better posture; the incredible mind-body connection and overall sense of well being.
If you’re a newbie to the Pilates Reformer, I always recommend starting off with our introductory 3 private sessions. This allows you to feel completely comfortable and allows time for the instructor to offer customized modifications that a group class may not allow time for. If you read this article all the way to hear and are still interested email Allison and she has a special incentive for new clients.