Many people looking into a pilates studio are probably quite scared of the reformer as it can appear intimidating and look like to a medieval torture tool. But after just one or two workouts it becomes evident that it is in fact a fun, versatile and effective piece of equipment.
The Pilates reformer was designed by Josef Pilates himself and dates back to the 1920’s and consists of a bed with up to 5 springs, a sliding carriage as well as leather straps and wheels. The springs provide the resistance and the number of active springs can be varied to adjust to the ability of the person, the exercise and the focus of the exercise. This makes it an incredibly versatile piece of equipment to use as a workout or rehab tool.
The Reformer can be used at high intensity as a sport-specific cross training tool. The added resistance from the spring brings a specific intensity required for performance athletes. Reformer Pilates works on core stabilisation which is vital to any athlete as well as muscle endurance, joint stability, muscle strength, balance and co-ordination.
On the other side of the spectrum Reformer Pilates is used for rehab purposes as it allows the client to exercise in a horizontal plane of motion with increased support for the body using a lighter resistance than body weight. This significantly lowers the risk of further injury and speeds up recovery through controlled movement.
The exercises performed on the reformer work the entire body in many directions which is ideal for building and toning muscles, increasing stability through the joints and helping you to enjoy your daily activities for longer. The reformer is also very effective for balance.
At Limhamn Pilates we use the classical Joseph Pilates design, which uses wood and leather, which is not only true to our classical philosophy but also a lovely natural and nostalgic touch which makes the machine seem less intimidating.