If you have not already heard or seen by scrolling through your Instagram feed, Pilates is the workout of choice for many celebrities, models and fitness pros, and sports people out there! A strong core will improve your technique, strength, and stamina and compliment every sport that you do.
What is Reformer Pilates?
A Reformer is Pilates machine that works with springs and has a movable carriage that allows exercises to have a wide range of difficulty levels from beginner to advanced movements. Using a Reformer will give you a balanced, full body workout. The Springs on the Reformer strengthens the whole body and does not only target the large muscles, but also recruits the smaller stabilisers. With the Reformer you can also work unilaterally to correct muscle imbalances. The Reformer also comes with a Jump Board which can be attached for the use of cardio work.
Reformer Pilates is very popular across the world as a result of its’ benefits and the many varied exercises that one can do. The possibilities are endless!!
1. Reformer Pilates allows for a Full body workout?
Relative to Mat Pilates, the Reformer can do so much more. The Reformer gives a balanced, full body workout, and offers unique stretches. Exercises are performed standing, kneeling, seated, side-lying, prone (on tummy) and supine (lying on the back). Exercises can be done unilateral or bilaterally (one limb at a time or both).
2. The Reformer builds strength and tones muscles?
Just look at some of the Pilates Instructors – males and females – on a Pilates Reformer and you will understand just how the Reformer builds strength and tones muscles.
Sport professionals from Tiger Woods (Golfer), The All Blacks (New Zealand Rugby team), David Beckham (Soccer Star), Andy Murray (Tennis Player) and many more sportsmen and women has chosen this form of flexibility and stability training as an essential piece of their cross-training regimen.
The Reformer uses springs and levers to create resistance and allow for equal focus on the concentric and eccentric contractions to create log lean, toned muscles.
3. The Reformer provides Low Impact but High Intensity training?
Reformer Pilates is ideal for anyone suffering and recovering from an injury. The apparatus is designed in such a way that you can work in a supine (lying down) position to avoid weightbearing, which reduces the load on your body’s joints. This low impact training allows for movements to occur which in turns tones and strengthens injured areas and speeds up recovery.
Pilates challenges unilateral movements that help balance muscle development.
4. Improves core, posture and flexibility?
A strong core is essential for ideal posture. Pilates builds a strong base from the inside out, this means the athlete builds strength from the “power house” that exudes out to the extremities. A strong pelvic floor and TA (Transversus Abdominis) is essential for proper body alignment. Weakness in this area means the limbs have to work harder and the spine might over-compensate due to the unnecessary load.
With Pilates a lot of emphasis is placed on working the muscles eccentrically (lengthened contraction) and concentrically (shortened contraction), thus we lengthen and strengthen the muscle fibres. This will counteract the tightening-stresses of sports specific and high impact training.
5. Improves mental focus through quality movement and breathing?
Pilates requires a huge amount of concentration to execute quality movements. It enables you to visualize the movement and then carry it out to the best of your ability. Concentration is needed to help co-ordinate breath and movement to work in harmony. Concentration on movements and breath will help drive out other mental stresses from the mind. This will place the athlete in a better state of mind during a competition and training.
As a form of exercise Reformer Pilates can also reduce stress hormones like cortisol and increase endorphins – the body’s feel-good chemicals,- giving that natural mood boost.
6. Improves the cardiovascular system through plyometric movements to maximize power and performance?
Adding a Jump board to a Reformer brings additional plyometric and cardio benefits to dynamic Pilates. The additional upper body exercises, along with the range of movement and control required, will challenge the muscles, body awareness and core control significantly more that a Spinning class will.
A Jump board routine involves lots of jumping, kicking, pressing, lifting and rotating movements, all designed to challenge and fatigue. So, expect to sweat and feel your legs – and lungs – burn.
How can I book a class?
Classes can be booked at Pilates Dynamics. We offer morning, afternoon and evening classes. Our Reformer classes are integrated and varied with the use of other Pilates Large Machines like the Pilates Cadillac, The Pilates Tower, the Pilates Chair, and he Pilates Ladder and Pilates Arc Barrels, to name but a few.