You’re likely well aware of Pilates. It is the very well known and increasingly-popular low-impact workout that focuses on core exercises as well as movements that help significantly with alignment and posture. It is also used as a means of safe exercise post-injury to strengthen the body. Many of these movements are executed with the use of Pilates-specific equipment known as a reformer. While there are many perks to Pilates, today we are going to touch on the benefits of using Pilates reformer coupled with private sessions.
Pilates mat classes are undoubtedly amazing, but the reformer offers deeper movements and opportunities to use and work specific muscles otherwise neglected or irregularly worked. A reformer is an invention by Joseph Pilates that appears to have a bed-like frame with a flat platform that rolls back and forth on wheels. It has added springs that offer resistance for controlled movements back and forth as you lengthen, strengthen and tone your body.
The Pilates reformer has a platform, known as the carriage, which attaches to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. The springs offer the ability to adjust resistance as you move along the frame. This is done by your own body strength and weight. Reformers also have shoulder blocks on the carriage that permit your stability so you avoid sliding off the reformer while exercising.
At the base of the reformer is an adjustable footbar that holds the springs. You can place either your feet or hands on this footbar, depending on which exercise you are performing. The reformer also utilizes long straps with handles on them so that your feet or hands. This allows you to extend reach and movement options. As you wish to modify your workouts, you can adjust the springs, footbar, or handles. This is ideal for injury rehab as you can adjust depending upon your current level of fitness or needs for precise and safe exercise.
The Pilates reformer may look intimidating but in truth, it is incredibly beneficial. Particularly, when coupled with a trained Pilates reformer instructor. It is best for individuals who are seeking to achieve core stability and good postural alignment, to work with a trained Pilates professional. This way, they get the most out of the equipment and the exercises.
Investing in Pilates reformer private sessions allows the 1-on-1 attention you need to accomplish your goals in a safe, focused and highly-effective way. Whether you’re looking to tone up, recover from an injury, train for a specific sport or just desire an overall full-body workout, private Pilates reformer sessions get you the equipment and the instruction you need to meet and exceed goals in impressive time.
When it comes to exercise, there are always things to be mindful of. However, participating in private reformers classes helps immensely with reducing risk. There are some restrictions to consider and they can be discussed with Pilates instructors for clarity and guidance. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some restrictions to be aware of. Typically, a requirement for participants using a reformer is to be able to tolerate lying down flat on your back. Likewise, those who have experienced spinal or neck concerns must consider modifications that an instructor can offer. This allows for safe movement on the reformer.
Fortunately, the reformer allows for adjustments that can accommodate your level of fitness and flexibility. Simply share what you are feeling with an instructor so they can modify or replace an exercise as needed.
The reformer allows users to experience a full range of motion, which is great for increasing flexibility while building strength. The pushing and pulling with the arms and legs against the resistance of the springs makes using the reformer an even more powerful workout than what you’d experience on a Pilates mat. The reformer adds longevity to your movements. Therefore, you can expect to see increases in flexibility, muscular strength and improved posture. Especially when you use the wisdom of an instructor. Our goal is to navigate you through the many movements and modifications available in a private Pilates reformer session.
Ready to align with a tone, long and strong body? Contact us for info on private Pilates reformer classes here in Tucson or to answer any questions you have before participating!