One of the best known and most used pieces of Pilates apparatus, designed by Joseph Pilates, is the Reformer, but what is a Pilates Reformer workout? Let’s start by breaking down the Pilates Reformer. The Pilates Reformer is a bed-like frame with a carriage that rolls back and forth on wheels. The carriage is attached to one end by a set of springs, which provide varying levels of resistance as the carriage is pushed/pulled along the frame. Shoulder blocks help from sliding off as the carriage moves. A footbar, which is adjustable and can be used for either hands or feet, is located at the spring end of the Reformer and straps with handles are located at the opposite end. The straps can also be used for either hands or feet to move the carriage. The spring system, foot bar and straps all provide feedback to the body and provide additional challenges.

Now let’s look at what a Pilates Reformer workout is. First off, the versatility of the Reformer supports or challenges your body to meet you at your current fitness level.  Exercises can be done lying down, seated, standing, or elevated on a box. There are a wide variety of exercises to promote length, strength, flexibility and balance and all exercises are adaptable to all fitness levels, benefiting everyone in all stages of their life from teens, seniors and elite athletes. 

Are you recovering from an injury, have pain, are pregnant or have just had a baby, live a sedentary lifestyle? The Pilates Reformer can accommodate and benefit EVERYONE! As an added bonus, many of the private lessons and classes are taught by Physical Therapists at Bodylines.

The Pilates Reformer is a low-impact movement system to better our everyday life and well being. The Reformer accommodates a full range of motion thereby increasing flexibility and building strength. Pushing and pulling with the arms and legs against the resistance of springs, carriage and body weight, makes it a strength building, full body workout. It is not only a workout for the body, but also one for the mind as it improves the mind-body connection. The Pilates Reformer can provide resistance, instability, or both to make exercises easier or harder so it can meet you where you are at in a way that the mat can’t.

Most people when they hear the word Pilates they immediately say “that helps build my core right?” Absolutely! But Pilates Reformer workouts can do so much more. The increased core strength that you build will help develop functional and sustainable movement patterns in your body, align the body’s structure and support its joints, coordinate movement and breath together. Pilates Reformer workouts can help you move more freely throughout your daily activities with more freedom, power and less pain! Now who doesn’t want that?