Are you ready for the Reformer?

In preparation for our exciting new Reformer classes hitting the timetable, we've prepared a guide to tell you everything you need to know about the machine itself, the classes and how you get started.

Hands up if you would like a long and lean body? That's what you will get if you hop on the reformers with us in 2 week's time!

In preparation for our exciting new Reformer classes hitting the timetable, we've prepared a guide to tell you everything you need to know about the machine itself, the classes and how you get started. 

What exactly is a Reformer? Reformers have actually been around for many years. They were originally devised by Joseph Pilates so that bedridden or frail patients could still exercise and enjoy the benefits of Pilates movement. The machine itself is an impressive structure - a bed like frame topped with a rolling platform attached by springs to add resistance. Using a footbar and straps with handles for hands or feet complete the Reformer,  and using these and specially designed exercises, your muscles will get a workout like no other. Nowadays the Reformer is used by everyone from the Michelle Obama to the Victoria's Secret Angels to keep in shape and sculpt long limbs.

What are the benefits? The reformer provides a full body workout through resistance exercises and multi-plane movement. Using the bars and cables on the reformer guarantee you'll use your full range of motion rather than falling into habitual movement patterns. This means the benefits of each exercise will be heightened and your movements will be that much more precise. You'll build a powerhouse core, long lean limbs and a slim silhouette by working through the entire length of each muscle.

Where do I start? Technique is so important in Pilates, but especially on the Reformer, as performing the exercises incorrectly means you won't get all the benefits. The best place to start if you're completely new to Pilates is in a mat class. Here, you will learn the foundations of breathing and movement as well as become familiar with the types of exercises used. Hitting the mat is also a great way to build strength and confidence in your body before progressing to the Reformer.

Once you feel ready, it's important to start with a Beginners class, where you can get to grips with the machine in a small group environment with lots of attention from our teachers. We recommend starting with a beginners class even if you're a regular to mat Pilates, to make sure you feel really at ease with the equipment before upping the challenge. 

What do I need for the class? Comfy workout clothes are best to ensure you have full range of movement and grip socks which you can buy at the studios. 

When can I try it? Soon! Classes will be running at our Fitzrovia studio from Wednesday 5th April, with Dynamic Reformer sessions for Beginner to Intermediate level, Advanced Reformer classes and Jumpboard Reformer Cardio (not for beginners!)

Classes are 45min - 60 mins with a maximum of 8 people to ensure you get as lots of attention from our teachers and the most out of your exercises. 


21 March 2017