Reformer Pilates – Everything a beginner needs to know
Reformer pilates are a beginner friendly way to try the Pilates method and build strength in your core muscles.
Reformers (reformer pilates equipment) provide hands on guidance for posture, balance, upper/lower body alignment with an emphasis on flexibility.
Reformers can be used by experienced users as well as recommended for newbies because they make it easy to learn form from a physical trainer while still getting results faster than other workouts.
Pilates may sound intimidating – but it’s actually accessible! It just takes some time to get familiarized with the reformer machine first before you start taking classes with clients or students. This post will walk you through what reformers look like, how they work, and what reformer-specific routines might be good for you to get started.
What does a Reformer look like?
They are a long piece of equipment that can provide stability while you’re doing exercises. The reformer pilates machine has springs (or bunches) at the top part in order to help push your body up from the mat when needed. There’s also a bench at the end where your head will rest after certain exercises so you can stabilize yourself before moving on to the next exercise or movement.
It typically comes with pads which allow for comfortable kneeling during some exercises and an adjustable foot bar if desired depending on whether you need it lower or higher than usual in order to execute movements more easily.
Reformers are usually placed in a room that’s lined with mats and weights along the wall for you to use as well.
How Reformers Work
Reformers work by providing hands on guidance while still giving your body enough freedom of movement:
The reformer has springs at the top which help push up from the mat when needed so there is not too much pressure put on one area of your body during an exercise. This allows for more therapeutic exercises, less strain on joints, and helps maintain proper posture throughout each move (for beginners).
What would a workout look like for a beginner?
* Warm Up for 15 minutes with reformer pilates reformers
* Beginner level reformer routines will include movements that will strengthen your upper body, back muscles, thighs, and buttocks while also working on flexibility in your hips/lower extremities.
* Abdominal exercises – there are a variety of abdominal workouts you can use to target different muscle groups during reformer pilates reformers: Butterfly (butterfly exercise), Criss Cross (criss cross exercise), Double Leg Stretch with Twist or Single Leg Stretch with Twist. Stick to just a couple of types of movement per session as a beginner because it will help build your confidence up slowly.
* Enjoy a final stretch of reformer pilates reformers for about 15 minutes before ending the workout.
Why choose Reformer Pilates?
Reformer pilates reformers are great because they help you strengthen your core muscles and get faster results than other workouts! Check with an instructor if you want to find out more! Be sure that any exercise equipment is set up properly first so you can do reformer exercises on top of the machine safely without having to worry about hurting yourself from falling off. Remember, these exercises will take some time getting used to as well; just like any new activity would in order to see significant changes after regular practices. If this all sounds good, then make plans now to start taking classes through Vibe Pilates, Brisbane.
Ready to join the tribe at Vibe Pilates?
We encourage everyone, of any age or ability, to join us for a Foundation class and see what Vibe Pilates is all about for yourself. You get to have a play with the machine and have fun learning new moves across a 45 minute workout.
Our Foundation session is a focus on the core foundations of the body. It’s a set up class designed for our beginners to get you started with confidence. The session is set at a slower pace to ensure you develop the understanding of the movement and feel why a reformer workout is so beneficial for your body.