Pilates Reformer is a core-focused workout which is designed to help you build a toned physique and allows you to improve your flexibility, posture, and balance. Our highly trained instructors have years of experience in working with members of all levels including professional athletes, seniors, prenatal and postnatal women, as well as, individuals recovering from injuries.
Reformer Pilates exercises will focus on helping you strengthen your core, build lean muscle, learn classical Pilates moves on the Reformer. Reformer Pilates is done using the Pilates Reformer machine and is generally considered to be a more intense workout that mat-based Pilates because the machine adds resistance to the Pilates exercises.
What Is a Pilates Reformer?
The Pilates Reformer is a machine that is shaped like a bed-like frame with a flat platform on top, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels that are within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the Pilates Reformer via springs. The springs permit differing levels of resistance as the carriage is pulled or pushed along the frame. To keep the individual from sliding off of the Reformer, the carriage has shoulder blocks.
There is also a footbar at one end of the Reformer as well as long straps with handles attached to the top part of the frame. Essentially body weight and resistance are the two main factors that determine how difficult it is to move the carriage. As your body size and skill level changes, the Reformer parts are designed to be adjusted.
The Evolution of Reformer Pilates
The Pilates Reformer is a traditional piece of Pilates equipment which actually dates back to the original Pilates studio in New York, USA from the 1920's and was actually designed by Joseph Pilates himself.
Reformer Pilates was originally used to break down the flowing movements that are involved in mat-based Pilates in order to help individuals become strong enough to do matwork effectively. However, it has evolved into its own practice thanks to the athletic and toning benefits that it offers.
Reformer Pilates can also be used as a cross training tool especially for sports. It works by helping an athlete to strengthen their core while also promoting muscle endurance, balance, coordination, stability, and strength.
Bodyfit Pilates & Yoga Pilates Reformer Classes
Here are the Pilates Reformer classes that we currently offer:
Reformer aligned: This class is perfect if you are a beginner to Pilates Reformer or would like to focus and work on your technique. It is a slower paced class and is suitable for all levels of fitness including beginners and pre/postnatal.
Reformer: This class is for all levels of fitness. You will gain balance, alignment, core strength and muscle tone. If you are looking for a Pilates Reformer pregnancy class, this is a good option.
Reformer-Strength: This is an advanced level class which will help you to increase muscle strength, cardio fitness, core strength. This class is not suitable if you are pregnant or injured. Before attending this class we recommend you do at least 10 "Reformer" classes first.
Combo Reformer: This class is 45 minutes long and uses a variety of equipment such as fitballs, exo chairs, Pilates rings, weights, foam roller, resistant bands and Reformer machines.
At Bodyfit Pilates & Yoga, all of our Pilates Reformer classes are done in our state-of-the-art studio where you'll get personalised attention. Whether you are just starting out or have experience, we welcome all fitness levels!
Bodyfit Pilates & Yoga offers over 50 classes a week, including Pilates Reformer classes Melbourne, over 7 days from 6.15am - 9 pm and we cater to all fitness levels. Book online now or call us on (03) 5420 7778 if you have any enquiries. We look forward to helping you achieve your fitness goals.