Reformer Pilates is an incredible whole body workout which improves your strength, flexibility and muscle tone. Even with all these benefits, we understand that the Pilates reformer can look at little intimidating at first! At Kaya Health Clubs, we offer Melbourne CBD and Prahran Pilates classes where you’ll get to know your reformer machine and all of the benefits it can offer. Let’s take a closer at the mechanics of the reformer so you know what to expect.
The Pilates reformer:
The Pilates reformer is a versatile piece of equipment and most machines will comprise of a cushioned sliding platform, an adjustable set of metal springs, and straps on a pulley system. The purpose of the reformer is to offer additional resistance and a wider range of motion compared to what your body would be able to achieve in a mat Pilates class. Additional equipment, such as blocks, can also be worked into your reformer Pilates workouts. If it’s your first class, just let your teacher know and they’ll be able to show you the ropes!
Now, let’s explore the individual parts of the machine.
Using the springs:
The springs can be found at the front of your reformer and are responsible for adding resistance. There are springs of varying strengths so they can be changed according to whether you want heavier or lighter tension – don’t worry, they’re usually colour coded so you can tell the difference! While more tension can make some exercises more challenging for the muscles, don’t make the mistake of thinking the lighter tension is easier as less resistance will make stability a real challenge.
Using the straps:
Pilates reformers have one or two sets of straps which are used in a number of ways during your workout. Just like the springs, the straps provide tension and you can loop them around your hands, feet, arms or legs depending on the exercise. Remember that the straps provide tension so don’t try to pull the loop onto your foot while your leg is stretched out – instead, bend your knee while lying down and slip your foot inside.
Using the carriage:
The moving carriage is one of the main parts of the reformer machine and your springs will alter the tension. You’ll also find an adjustable foot bar at the end of the carriage which is used for stability and to help you carry out various exercises. While a lot of Pilates reformer exercises involve you lying on your back, you’ll also find yourself standing or kneeling on the carriage at various times.
At Kaya Health Clubs, we’re passionate about bringing you reformer classes which utilise authentic Pilates methods. In our state of the art studios, our dedicated teachers will introduce you to reformer Pilates as you improve your strength and flexibility. We also offer complementary introductory Pilates courses to our members so you can use the correct technique when you begin your classes.
For a range of genuine Pilates reformer classes, contact Kaya Health Clubs today on (03) 9090 1000 or drop in to take a look around our clubs. We have locations in the Melbourne CBD and Prahran.