If you’re ready to try reformer Pilates but haven’t got the slightest idea how to use the machine, this guide is for you!
Whether you’ve practised pilates on the mat and you’re interested to see how the machine compares or you’ve heard about how the practice gives serious results, we know it can be a little intimidating at first.
But don’t let that sway you from giving it a whirl, because it’s a low-impact workout that can result in significant gains in long, lean muscles and strength, endurance and flexibility.
Pilates reformers have been around for a while, and the story behind them is actually quite surprising for such an of-the-moment workout regimen. In the midst of World War I, a German man named Joseph Pilates invented an exercise technique that we now refer to as “Pilates.” Later on in the war, he worked in a hospital, and legend has it, he created the first Pilates reformer by rigging hospital beds with springs so that his soldier patients could exercise with resistance and build strength. And look where are are today!
Usually, in a Pilates reformer class, your body is positioned on the carriage, which glides forward and back using resistance from the springs, and then you use the straps to move through the exercises.
Each part of the reformer has its own purpose: the springs resist you, the straps stretch and strengthen you, and the jumpboards launch you.