The buzz surrounding Reformer Pilates seems to have been recently revived and it is not difficult to see why. If Reformer Pilates is new to you, keep on reading to discover the latest fitness hype and how you can join in.
Central to reformer pilates the reformer machine, which consists of a sliding carriage that you remain on, with ropes and pulleys that can attach to you whilst you perform exercises and springs which are able to add resistance.
Even if the reformer machine may look slightly intimidating at first, it has so many benefits that it is definitely worth trying it, and we are sure you will be as hyped as we are when you do.
What it allows you to do is focus on your core stability whilst building strength, flexibility, mobility and endurance.
It is based around the principle of lengthening the muscles and joints of the body for better alignment. Maintaining balance and concentration is key in Reformer Pilates which means that you are training both your body and your mind as you push yourself during these exercises.
Reformer Pilates, or any form of Pilates in general, can offer a lower intensity workout as opposed to weight training or HIIT (high intensity interval training), a suitable option for those who are going through physical rehabilitation and recovery due to injuries or surgery, or anyone who is at the start of their fitness journey.
But make no mistake, this certainly does not mean that a session is a walk in the park.
Pilates performed on the reformer machine, particularly as opposed to the mat has more resistance as you are working against the springs on the machine rather than using just your bodyweight.
These springs are adjustable, so you can change the intensity your preference and needs, offering yet another element of versatility.
This means that it is suitable for anyone and everyone; whether it’s your first time trying out Pilates or you’re a well-seasoned gym-goer, Reformer Pilates has something to offer.
Perhaps the one caveat there is in choosing pilates on the reformer rather than the mat is the issue of accessibility. There is less freedom in being able to choose when, where and how often you can practise if you do not own a machine yourself or have regular access to reformer classes and studios.
Of course, you can mix and match your workouts to curate an active lifestyle that suits you best, but it is something to keep in mind.
Want to give it a try?
London is a haven for Reformer Pilates with studios being dotted all around the city. Here are a few of our top picks that are perfect for any fitness level.
What Tempo does best is to give you a good time whilst getting in a killer workout at the same time. The studio is driven by results so try out their classes if you want to show up for yourself and push your mind and body. Tempo has locations in Hackney, Shoreditch and Elephant and Castle.
Pilates in the Clouds is a private studio based in Kensington that offers more intimate classes which are typically one-to-one with an instructor, or you have the option of bringing up to two friends to join in the workout. This makes it perfect for beginners as you can get a class completely tailored to you and your goals, and also build trust and a relationship with your instructor if you are intimidated by reformer Pilates.
Ten are really invested in making sure beginners feel comfortable and confident on the reformer machine, their introductory classes are a testament to this. Their classes not only aim to get you into great shape but also to educate you in what exercises you are performing, what it is doing to your body and how it can benefit you.
Let us know if you do end up trying Reformer Pilates and what your experience was!
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