reformer pilates classes is a full body workout that uses spring resistance to challenge the entire body. It builds long, lean muscles and improves posture, strength, balance and flexibility. Unlike other exercises that target large muscle groups, the springs on a reformer provide an even amount of resistance to both larger and smaller stabilising muscles. The Pilates exercise technique also encourages deep breathing which helps to increase oxygenation and stamina, so that you feel your best all day long.
While it’s possible to do reformer pilates at home by following online video tutorials, a class with an experienced teacher is the best way to learn how to use the equipment safely and effectively. There are a few ways to find the right instructor for you: ask friends, research online or try your local studios. Most importantly, make sure you feel comfortable with the instructor – as they are your guide for your reformer journey.
The most important thing for beginners is to focus on form, control and awareness. Beginners are encouraged to move slowly, take a small range of motion and to skip any exercise that feels too challenging. A beginner practitioner is ready to progress when they can safely perform all of the beginner reformer exercises without requiring additional assistance from their instructor.
Once you’ve built up a good level of fitness on the Reformer, you can try a range of intermediate classes that will push your limits and strengthen your whole body. You’ll see your muscles tone up, your balance improve and you may even find yourself walking taller and with more energy to get through the day.
It’s recommended to attend a few beginner reformer classes a week until you have a good foundation before moving on to the more advanced exercises. You’ll also be likely to experience some soreness, but you can ease this by stretching on the mat in between sessions, going for a walk or having a hot shower.
A good Reformer programme will help to relieve back pain and strengthen the core, especially the glutes and deep abdominal muscles. This will reduce postural and pelvic floor imbalances that often occur during pregnancy. It’s a great way to stay in shape and can also assist with labour and delivery.
Frame, London’s original pay-as-you-go boutique fitness studio has a comprehensive Reformer offering with options for beginners, intermediates and advanced abilities. They also have cardio and circuit sessions, plus options for pre- and postnatal clients.