Reformer Pilates is a highly effective form of exercise which uses a reformer machine to build strength, flexibility, coordination and balance. However, some beginners are put off by very common misconceptions about reformer Pilates. If you’re not sure whether you want to take the plunge and try a reformer Pilates class, we’re here to address some common myths you may have heard about this form of exercise.
Myth #1: The reformer machine is difficult to use
If you’re a newcomer to reformer Pilates, we understand that it can seem a little intimidating at first with all those springs and ropes. However, your instructor is there to guide you every step of the way and can help you navigate the machine in the first few sessions. The reformer machine is surprisingly easy to use and also a lot of fun!
Myth #2: You need to be an advanced student to do reformer
Some people think that reformer Pilates is a more advanced version of Pilates. Reformer Pilates is actually suitable for any fitness level – beginners included – and you don’t need to have done mat based Pilates classes before you can begin. All you need to do is let your instructor know that you’re new and they’ll keep an eye on you.
Myth #3: Reformer Pilates is too easy
While some people think reformer looks difficult, others think that all that sliding around on the machine is too easy and you won’t actually see results. Believe us, after your first session of reformer Pilates you’ll discover just how effective it is when you wake up with sore muscles! Reformer Pilates works all of the muscles in your body and the added resistance of the springs helps challenge your body.
Myth #4: Flexibility is essential for reformer Pilates
When you see advanced students carry out reformer Pilates, it’s easy to see why some people think you need to have a high level of flexibility. If you’re worried that your inability to touch your toes will hold you back, you don’t need to be. Although reformer Pilates will increase your flexibility, you don’t need to be at all flexible when you begin or to get an awesome burn from your class.
Myth #5: You can’t do reformer Pilates while pregnant
This one has some truth to it. If you’ve never done reformer Pilates before, pregnancy isn’t the best time to start. However, if you were practicing reformer Pilates before you fell pregnant and you get the all clear from your doctor, it can be a safe and effective form of exercise for you and baby. Just make sure you discuss it with your instructor, and doctor, first. Here at Kaya, we recommend a 30 minute one on one session before you begin for yours and baby’s safety and to help you feel confident in class.
If you’re interested in Pilates for beginners or are looking for something a little more challenging, Kaya Health Clubs offer genuine reformer Pilates for our members. Our team of dedicated instructors offer dynamic classes to challenge your body and enhance your mind-body connection. We also offer our Pilates introductory course which is complementary for our members. This course is designed to empower you and help you get the most out of your class by teaching the fundamentals of Pilates, showing you how to use the reformer bed, and introducing you to the correct technique before you begin. We have conveniently located state-of-the-art studios located in the Melbourne CBD and Prahran.
For Pilates reformer for beginners all the way up to advanced, speak with Kaya Health Clubs today on (03) 9090 1000 to find out more about our range of classes.