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What is a Pilates Reformer, why you should use one and what to expect the first time you do?

The Reformer is arguably the most well-known piece of Pilates equipment. It has soared in popularity thanks to celebrities such as the Kardashians & athletes such as Ronaldo, Andy Murray & Sylvester Stallone.

What is the Pilates Reformer?

The Reformer consists of a frame with a moving platform called the carriage. The movement of the carriage is controlled by springs which can assist or resist your movement. The amount of resistance required depends upon the type & intention of the exercise. For example, sometimes, the most challenging setting is no springs, which requires a great deal of core strength to control the carriage.

What to expect from your first time using a reformer?

The Reformer is a unique experience & there is no other piece of exercise equipment like it. Your first session will be an introductory session that will take you through how to set up the Reformer for various exercises, changing the springs, getting on/off & changing position on the Reformer, and introducing you to exercising in lying, sitting, kneeling & standing. Your instructor will explain everything you need to know, provide feedback during the session & help you with any spring or position changes.

"I love it! I feel taller & lighter. I really enjoyed the session!" – Reformer client feedback

Group Classes or Private Sessions?

We offer group Reformer classes as well as private sessions. Because all of our Pilates instructors are fully qualified and insured Physiotherapists or Sports Therapists, we can tailor your exercise plans specific to your needs. Our assessment or private sessions will begin by discussing your medical history, previous injuries, current issues, sports & hobbies you like to do or would like to get back to and what you want to get out of the session. We will then ask you to perform a few simple movements to help us see where to work on that session and which exercises to use.

Once the assessment is over and you are ready to begin the exercise, the instructor will introduce you to the equipment. They will explain everything you need to know about the Reformer and give you a demonstration of how it works and how to get on and off safely. We will then go through the fundamental movements & exercises on the Reformer to give you the tools to progress in future sessions.

If you have pain, injury or specific goals you want to achieve, we recommend a private session before a group class. Some clients choose to continue with private sessions, so each session is specifically tailored to them. Other clients will aim to join a group class but will attend some private sessions until they are familiar with & confident using the Reformer and/or their current pain/injury has resolved.

Have a look at our full class timetable here.

Who Should Use The Reformer?

We are biased, but everyone!

The Pilates Reformer can assist or resist a movement, giving it a vast scope for exercise. Using the Reformer to help with pain or an injury, it can be set up to help make a move easier. This allows you to perform movements whilst being supported, & as a result, patients often find greater ranges of motion, improved flexibility, and increased core control. We work with clients with sports injuries, persistent back pain, Parkinson's/other neurological conditions & everything in between.

The versatility of the Reformer & the ability to set it up to resist your movement means that it can challenge anybody from a beginner to world-class athletes. Due to its various difficulty levels & a never-ending number of possible exercise variations, the Reformer provides full-body strength & conditioning that never gets boring.

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