“Set aside any fears you may have because, after just one or two workouts on a reformer, you’ll realize that it is one of the most versatile and effective pieces of exercise equipment ever made.”
- Linda Cunnigham
I’ve Been Reformed!
A Mat Pilates instructor since 2010, I finally took the leap to the next level! I recently became certified as a Pilates Reformer Instructor – or, as my mom would say, a Pilates performer – which isn’t too far from the reality of the reformer program.
Reformer Pilates is similar to yet very different from mat-based Pilates. Reformer Pilates is done using the Pilates reformer machine. It is generally more intense and dynamic than mat-based Pilates as it adds resistance to the Pilates exercises through the springs, which form part of the machine.
The Next Level
Reformer Pilates is superior to mat-based Pilates as the apparatus significantly increases the repertoire of available exercises, providing greater variety. The exercises usually work muscles through a large range of motion, ideal for building and toning muscles and increasing stability through the joints. Reformer Pilates works more areas than mat work as mat work is primarily core-focused, whereas the reformer works the entire body, including the peripheral muscles of the arms and legs.
What Is That Contraption?!!
Many people are intimidated by the reformer when they first see it, as it looks complex and almost medieval. Set aside any fears you may have because, after just one or two workouts on a reformer, you’ll realize that it is one of the most versatile and effective pieces of exercise equipment ever made. Plus, it’s great fun! In addition to the reformer, our studio has the machinery to offer jump board (think cardio-based) and tower classes (think body-sculpting) within the program. These options take the reformer experience to another level!
Whatever your activity level, reformer pilates will help develop your whole body. Like mat Pilates, reformer Pilates benefits include improved strength — particularly around the core, back, glutes, and thighs. It also has been proven to improve bone density and boost your metabolism. You can’t beat that combo!
Reformer classes are now underway and available at various times and days. More detailed information can be found at FI’s front desk or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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