“I’m a Babylon local, a Pilates instructor, and a mom of a sweet, rambunctious three-year-old. I’ll be teaching Reformer and Tower one-on-ones and small groups starting this fall.”
- Jen DeVane
Hello! I’m Jen, and I am brand new to Fitness Incentive, so I thought I’d introduce myself. I’m a Babylon local, a Pilates instructor, and a mom of a sweet, rambunctious three-year-old. I’ll be teaching Reformer and Tower one-on-ones and small groups starting this fall.
What is a Reformer?
If you’ve never worked on one of these machines, here’s a bit about them. The Reformer and Tower are two pieces of equipment invented or inspired by the fitness guru and movement genius, Joseph Pilates. (The Reformer is his invention, and the Tower is a newer apparatus that allows you to do many of the exercises from Joe’s larger invention, the Cadillac.) You can do hundreds of exercises on these relatively small pieces of equipment and, through the use of straps, springs, and hooks, adjustments can be made for all ages and abilities.
Now for a bit more about me!
I have a deep passion for movement and have been instructing in the field for over two decades, first as a dance instructor and then eleven years ago added Pilates. My classes are tailored to the wants and needs of my students, and I often give out homework, as I believe that what is learned in a class or session must be practiced, and practice makes permanence.
What I love best about Pilates is its versatility. Practicing Pilates can take many forms (it doesn’t always have to look like Pilates). You can apply the Pilates Method when you play on the playground with your children, go for a run, or even sit in a chair.
Mat vs Machine
Wondering what the difference is between Pilates on a mat versus Pilates on a machine? Well, first, it’s the same method, so if you have done mat pilates, the exercises on the machines will feel very familiar. Deliberate, mindful movement with a focus on core strength, support, and suppleness are essential to both Pilates mat and machines. The main difference is that, with the machines, you can tweak and fine-tune the settings for each exercise, so it helps or challenges you in the ways you need it most.
Which do I like best, mat or machines? It depends on the day. 😆 Are you curious to see if you have a preference? Sign up for a Reformer/Tower class today!
About the Author
Jen Devane is a certified Pilates instructor providing Reformer and Tower one-on-one and small groups starting this fall.