Pilates is a proved and effective way to condition the body and support the muscles closest to the spine, therefore helping to stabilise the core and prevent back injury or pain. For more information on the benefits please click here.
Many people are quite scared of the Reformer when they first see it as it looks quite intimidating and almost medieval.
However, after just one or two workouts on a Reformer you realise that it is the most versatile and effective piece of exercise equipment ever made...plus it's great fun.
Mat based Pilates is great. Done effectively, it provides better back health, flexibility, body awareness, improved heart rate and bone density as well as posture and flexibility.
Mat Pilates builds your core strength, moving the body in a way that targets the main powerhouse of the body that improves stabilising muscles through the back and throughout the centre of the body.
The Reformer offers these benefits and more. The springs and pulleys assist the body, allowing you a full range of motion that may not be achieved on the mat. There is more resistance offered on the Reformer, as opposed to just body weight on the mat, allowing you to achieve better posture and alignment.
The equipment offers a larger range of levels. For example, if you find Mat Pilates movements too challenging, the equipment can offer support so that your programme of exercises can be scaled back to a more basic level.
Equally, the Reformer offers very challenging workouts for those who want to progress further and see faster results.