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Introducing the Pilates Reformer

Anyone interested in learning the art of Pilates will undoubtedly run into the Pilates reformer at some point. Before hopping right into a reformer class, it’s wise to get more information about the reformer machine, how to use it and its benefits so you can get the most out of your reformer experience.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about the Pilates reformer to provide you with an all-encompassing guide to the reformer.

1. What Is a Pilates Reformer?

A Pilates reformer is a workout machine that is used for very targeted Pilates exercises. Reformers are extremely beneficial to the Pilates practice because they allow an individual to focus on building core strength, aligning the spine and increasing flexibility, all at the same time.

2. How Do You Use It?

Despite first impressions, the Pilates reformer is not a medieval torture device. A reformer is comprised of three major parts: the footbar, a system of gears and springs. Each of these parts can be adjusted to either increase or decrease resistance for a fully customized workout.

There are many different types of reformers – some metal and some wood – but they all provide the same basic functions and benefits.

Pilates reformer workouts can be tailored for all experience levels, from beginner to intermediate. This is one of the reasons the reformer is so widely used in Pilates studios and private homes across the county.

Most workouts consist of aligning your body into a certain position, using the headrest and footbar to anchor yourself, and completing a series of sets. For beginners, it’s always best to complete reformer workouts with the aid of a private Pilates instructor or in a class setting.

3. What Are the Main Health Benefits of the Pilates Reformer?

There are countless benefits associated with using the reformer, but here are just a few:

  • Helps relieve back pain
  • Improves posture
  • Encourages more graceful movement
  • Builds muscle endurance
  • Improves breathing
  • Provides excellent fat-burning exercise
  • Strengthens core muscles
  • Improves overall flexibility

4. Can Anyone Use a Pilates Reformer?

Yes! The reformer is great for individuals of all ages and with varying skill levels. In fact, the Pilates reformer is consistently used in a variety of environments outside of Pilates studios, including rehab facilities, schools, gyms and hospitals. The reformer is also frequently used within a rehab setting for athletes, individuals recovering from brain trauma, or even for the treatment of neuromuscular disorders in children and adults.

5. Where Can I Buy One?

If you’ve already participated in several of our Pilates reformer classes here at Sheppard Method Pilates, and you’re ready to take your Pilates practice to the next level, you can purchase a reformer for your own individual use at home. We recommend purchasing your reformer from a well-known Pilates brand or company either online or in person. You can easily find them online at Amazon, Walmart or Academy Sports.

Although we love the idea of you purchasing a Pilates reformer for at-home use, we highly suggest not buying used or refurbished reformer from an unknown seller.

What other questions do you have about the reformer? We would love to answer them! Call our studio today to learn more or leave us a comment below.