• Top 4 common mistakes with the Pilates reformer

    The Pilates reformer bed can look a little intimidating when you first see it – with all those straps and springs, you might be wondering how you’ll ever get the hang of it! Don’t worry, it’s easier than it looks and your instructor will be on hand to give you guidance along the way. Having said that, it’s still easy to make mistakes and this can impact on the effectiveness of your reformer Pilates workout.
    At KĀYA, we provide Pilates reformer classes for beginners all the way up to advanced and today we’ll be looking at common mistakes people make when using the Pilates reformer bed.

    Too little or too much resistance

    The springs on your reformer bed can be adjusted to increase or decrease resistance as required and a lot of people initially struggle with finding the right balance. Remember, resistance that’s too low doesn’t necessary make things easier and can mean you’re not properly supported during exercises. If you’re finding that you’re not getting what you want out of an exercise, look at increasing or decreasing your resistance. Your instructor will generally give you suggestions as to the right level of resistance and you can ask for specific help along the way.

    Incorrect spine alignment

    When you’re lying on your reformer bed, it can be tempting to want to press your spine down on the base of the machine the entire time. However, it’s important to remember that you need to keep a neutral spine for most of the movements. If you need to tuck your pelvis under for certain exercises, your instructor will let you know. Maintaining a neutral spine helps to protect your lower back and neck from strain and reinforces the natural curve of the spine.

    Using the reformer unsupervised

    When you see those infomercials on TV advertising Pilates reformer beds for the home, it can be tempting to pull out the credit card. However, you need to remember that Pilates instructors have very specific training on how to use the reformer safely and effectively and you’ll be getting specialised attention when you attend a reformer Pilates class. More importantly, if you try to do your reformer Pilates workout at home you leave yourself open to injury.

    Not asking for help

    Don’t be shy about asking your instructor for help around how best to use your reformer bed – their job is to offer you guidance and education throughout your class and are more than happy to answer specific questions. If you feel like your technique isn’t quite right or you’re not finding the session challenging enough, speak to your instructor. It will probably only take a few minor adjustments to make all the difference.

    KĀYA provide genuine Pilates reformer classes in Melbourne and we have clubs conveniently located in both the Melbourne CBD and Prahran. Here at KĀYA, we specialise in providing personalised attention to all of the members in our reformer Pilates classes. After our instructor demonstrates a particular exercise, they will walk around the studio to ensure all participants are using correct form and alignment so adjustments can be made when necessary. We can cater for all levels in each of our classes thanks to our personalised approach. To experience both the physical and mental benefits of Pilates, discover our range of classes today.
    For reformer Pilates in the Melbourne CBD, contact KĀYA Health Clubs today on (03) 9090 1000 and our team would be happy to help.