Pilates Dynamics offers Reformer Pilates that can help improve and maintain overall physical fitness – leading to greater strength, flexibility and balance, which also improves posture, movement and mental health. 

 

What Is A Reformer:

The Reformer is so named because it was created to reform the body of the person operating it. It consists of a long frame, topped with a flat, cushioned platform (or carriage) which is attached to the frame by springs and moves as you push or pull using your legs or arms. 

 

What are the benefits of Reformer Pilates at Pilates Dynamics?

 

  • Provides a full body workout

 

Utilizing a Reformer to perform specific, movements will give you a balanced full body workout. The pull of the springs on a Reformer, globally strengthens the whole body to not just target the large muscle movers, but also activate the smaller stabilisers. Where there is uneven weakness, you are also able to work unilaterally to focus in and correct imbalances. 

 

  • Strengthens the body and tones muscles

 

The Reformer allows you to move through full range while working on strengthening muscles. This exercise uses the machine’s springs and levers to create resistance and allow for equal focus on the concentric and eccentric contractions to create long, lean, toned muscles. It targets not only major muscles, but also small muscles are called to action when using the reformer.

 

  • Low impact (but high intensity) 

 

Reformer Pilates is advised for anyone with an injury or recovering from one, under professional supervision. It is specifically designed to enable one to work horizontally rather than bearing weight, which reduces load through the body. The low impact in movements allows the muscles to tone and strengthen the injured area for a speedy recovery.

 

  • Improves core and posture

 

Most of the exercises performed on a Reformer machine target the core while working on postural muscles simultaneously.

 

  • Enhance mental health 

 

Any form of exercise is said to be good for our health depending on our fitness goals. With Reformer Pilates at Pilates Dynamics we advise clients not to just focus on their core and flexibility, but also the relaxation of the their body thereby releasing all stress-levels for a positive impact that brings about a natural mood boost.

 

What are the Advantages of using the reformer for people in sports?

Benefits for Reformer Pilates for RUNNERS @ Pilates Dynamics:

 

Using the Reformer benefits runners by providing an opportunity to concentrate on adjusting the way the knee tracks over the ankle, which can assist with alignment of the hip and stabilising weak muscles. It is a low-impact, whole body workout.

 

  • Improves your breathing

 

Breathing is a core concept when using a reformer, but runners who have a good breathing technique increase stamina to their diaphragm. This breathing patterns learned during Reformer classes at Pilates Dynamics can boost power for muscles pushing through the difficult times.

 

  • Improve stability 

 

Stability is referred to as the ability to maintain and endure firmness which is essential for good running technique and avoiding injury. Reformer Pilates allows for one to maintain stability through all its exercises.  During exercises with the Reformer one maintains strong trunk stability which keeps the shoulders, pelvis, spine balance and alignment generating power through the legs in order to improve speed and endurance.

 

  • Correct posture

 

Posture plays an important role which results to success in runners. It allows for runners to move more efficiently reducing the chances of injuries. For one to maintain a good posture a strong core must be developed. Reformer Pilates develops a strong core by supporting and strengthening the muscles of the torso, hips shoulders and pelvis.

 

  • Enhanced performance

 

When using the reformer during Pilates one receives a full body workout improving power, strength and flexibility and efficiency.

 

  • Reduces risk of injury

 

Not only does Reformer Pilates provide runners with beneficial strength and efficiency it contributes largely in reducing the likelihood of getting injured. Pilates draws attention to areas where you are least flexible and allows you to build up in these areas, and therefore reducing your risk of injury. 

 

Benefits of Reformer Pilates for GOLF PLAYERS @ Pilates Dynamics:

 

Golf relies greatly on correct alignment, speed, timing, balance, co-ordination, good postural awareness, core strength and rotation of your body. Reformer Pilates allows for one to practice all these factors mentioned above. During Reformer Pilates one integrates many major and minor muscle groups these muscles are required through different phases of the swing during golf.

 

  • Rotation

 

During golf the swing is all about rotation which depends greatly on the spine, however due to excessive time spend in front of digital gargets spine is often very stiff.

 

The Golf Swing is all about rotation. The largest amount of rotation in our spine comes from the thoracic spine. However, due to the time we spend in front of our computers, phones, and iPads the thoracic spine is often very stiff. Reformer Pilates focuses on thoracic spine mobility, which includes rotation and hence will have a significant effect on your mobility in your golf swing.

 

  • Hip disassociation

 

When one moves swings in during golf, they move the pelvis without moving the legs. Reformer Pilates at Pilates Dynamics teaches you to make use of power in your legs as a solid base of support allowing you to drive that power in your swinging. 

 

  • Balance

 

Being able to shift your weight from one leg to the other while swinging a club requires balance. At Pilates Dynamics we ensure that our Reformer Pilates exercises help improve gluteal strength which is required to improve balance, weight shift, and ultimately your swing and handicap.

 

  • Core Control

 

According to studies, core strength and control which are key components in the golf swing they reduce the risk of injuries.

 

  • Flexibility

 

Your hips, shoulders and spine need to be flexible allowing you to generate the force required to play the sport.

 

Benefits of Refomer Pilates for FOOTBALL PLAYERS:

 

This sport requires one to constantly use their bodies and requires a full body workout to keep all things in check. High performance and injury preventions are high key benefits from joining a Reformer Pilates class. 

 

  • Body Balance

 

Generally sports requires balance throughout the body, the Reformer gives a full body workout which allows an equilibrium to be re-established in the body which can increase muscle activity and power you forward. All aspects of football requires you to have a great centre of balance, exceptional core strength and stability through your hips.

 

  • Flexibility 

 

By utilising Reformer Pilates at Pilates Dynamics, you can work on strengthening while lengthening your muscles and improve your flexibility and decreases chances of having injuries.

 

  • Rehab 

 

Ultimately, you can’t play if you’re injured! Reformer Pilates is renowned as one of the great prehab workouts as it addresses all aspects of your body. It is a great way to stay injury-free during a long season. Reformer Pilates can also aid in improving the speed and quality of your recovery, post-rehab. 

 

Does Reformer Pilates @Pilates Dynamics cater for PRE- AND POST-NATAL WOMEN?

 

During pregnancy Reformer Pilates is an ideal exercise to strengthen the core muscles and improves flexibility and mobility, all of which will help during childbirth and aid with recovery once the child is born.

 

At Pilates Dynamics we ensure that the exercises can be performed in positions that are safe for women at all stages of pregnancy. These exercise techniques may take the stress off the back and pelvic floor, which helps with the positioning of the baby for delivery.

 

Some benefits of including Reformer Pilates in your pre- and post-pregnancy exercises:

 

  • Strengthen abdominal and pelvic floor muscles

 

Core stability doesn’t only help with the positioning of the baby for delivery but it also strengthen the deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. 

 

  • Reduce strain when getting in and out of bed

 

For a pregnant woman, getting in and out of bed can be a mission. As months progress, muscles tend to become weaker and there isn’t much focus on good posture and movements and this causes pains and strains to the muscles.

 

  • Eliminating back pain 

 

Back pressure increases significantly during pregnancy due to hormonal change and weight distribution due to postural changes. Strengthening glutes, along with your deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, reduces the chance of developing back pain. Reformer Pilates also increases your postural and body awareness, which can decrease your chances of back pain during pregnancy. 

 

  • Controlled breathing

 

As the pregnancy progresses it gets harder to breathe deeply. Breathing is an important part of Pilates and of course the delivery process. This breathing focus will allow you to be able to breathe more deeply and therefore give birth more easily. 

 

  • Faster postpartum recovery 

 

Women who exercise during pregnancy have easier deliveries, more energy and can recover faster after delivery. Reformer Pilates is one of the safe exercise for pregnant moms and babies throughout all stages without stressing the body too much. It is therefore ideal for postpartum recovery.

 

Does Pilates Dynamics offer GROUP and PRIVATE Reformer classes?

 

Yes, Pilates Dynamics offers Reformer classes in small groups of between 5 to 8 people per class or it can be done privately on a one-on-one basis. Pilates Dynamics also offer Duos (2 people) and 3 Trios (3 people) on a private training basis. You can bring your friends, family or life partner along to exercise with you, either privately or in a group environment. 

 

At Pilates Dynamics classes are held in our fully equipped studios (equipped with all Pilates machines) and surrounded by our beautiful tropical gardens and water features. You will be under the watchful eyes of our experienced trainers to ensure that you are given the attention needed.

 

Does Pilates Dynamics offer PILATES REFORMER TEACHER TRAINING COURSES?

 

Our next Reformer Course starts on April 9th 2021. Our courses are detailed and in-depth and taught by talented and experienced Lecturers. For more information on the Reformer course at Pilates Dynamics, or to register to do a Pilates Reformer course at Pilates Dynamics, click on the following link

TEACHER TRAINING COURSES 

Contact us to join the Pilates Course or attend a Pilates Large Equipment Class