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The Pilates reformer is an iconic piece of equipment used in the Pilates practice. While it can look intimidating, don’t be fooled! The Pilates reformer is designed to be simple to use, while providing the most effective workout, regardless of your experience or ability. Pilates reformer classes at Sheppard Method Pilates in West Los Angeles offers expertly-guided instruction and thoughtful, tailored programs for all levels of fitness and experience.
What is the Pilates Reformer?
Created by Joseph Pilates in 1946, the Pilates reformer uses a padded carriage on a wooden frame that is connected with springs. The spring system is adjustable to enable different levels of resistance in your exercise. Shoulder blocks keep your body aligned properly and a foot bar that you can push with your feet, or hands, is used to slide the carriage along the reformer track.
Straps are also incorporated into the Pilates reformer to allow more diverse movement and exercise. Your body weight, coupled with the springs and pulleys, provide needed resistance for an amazing, all-over workout.
Is Pilates Reformer for Me?
Pilates, whether mat or reformer work, will open your eyes to who you are, how you move, and what your body can do. Pilates will elevate an awareness about yourself that you may not have even realized was missing. Understanding the nuances of your physical presence, whether you lean a certain way when you sit or you favor one leg when you walk, is critical to unlocking and correcting physical mechanisms that might be impeding you.
Yes, Pilates reformer (or mat work) is for you. Our trained instructors are knowledgeable and supportive to help enlighten your awareness and empower you to become more conscious of your every move so you’ll feel great both inside and outside the studio!
How Can I Benefit from Pilates Reformer Classes?
Because of the unique reformer design, you can expect a full body workout and development of a full range of motion in Pilates reformer classes. Like Pilates mat classes, the Pilates reformer is a low-impact workout but challenges your entire body to extend and strengthen itself using deliberate movements of the reformer. You can expect to improve muscle tone, flexibility, and range of motion.
Pilates reformer classes offer a high-intensity workout that doesn’t exacerbate joint problems or weak knees or ankles. As such, you will experience increased muscle strength as you focus on using new and subtle muscle groups to lift, push, and stretch yourself using the reformer. When you are extending your muscles on the reformer, you benefit from eccentric muscle contractions that encourage muscles to become both stronger and leaner. The reformer will benefit your posture, improve your circulation, and help calm your mind.
Can I Do Pilates Reformer Classes?
Like all aspects of the Pilates program, classes are truly for everyone and every capability. At Sheppard Method Pilates in West Los Angeles, we work with clients coming off physical therapy programs, those challenged with chronic health conditions, and people recovering from surgery. We also train athletes, individuals completely new to exercise, and women both during and post-pregnancy.
In short, Sheppard Method Pilates is unique because it embraces the whole body and person, which means it can be adapted and programs developed at every level of capability and goal. Sheppard Method Pilates instructors offer expert guidance to anatomical alignment, create the ideal level of resistance to maximize results, and help you achieve change quickly.
We are delighted you are exploring Pilates classes and invite you to become part of the Sheppard Method Pilates studio. Our entire team takes pride knowing, no matter where you in your practice, you will leave our studio feeling successful, accomplished, and empowered.
Explore our Pilates reformer classes in West Los Angeles or call us at (310) 470-2828 for more information. Have confidence knowing that Pilates won’t replace the activities you love - it will enhance them!
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