Use Your Pilates Reformer in These Three Ways

Sheppard Method Pilates, Westwood’ leading Pilates studio, is here to help you tone your body, regardless of your starting physical condition. Pilates training, no longer only the domain of ballerinas and dancers, now assists people with disabilities due to injury or disease, increasing their strength and stamina. Using their specialized skills in both mat exercises and the Pilates Reformer machine, Sheppard Method Pilates instructors are training older adults and those suffering from an injury or disease process to enhance their daily lives with improved mobility and activity. For those with mobility issues, the Pilates Reformer machine is ideal. It elevates you a few inches or higher with the Pilates Reformer Cadillac and eliminates the need for you to get up and down off the ground.

But just how can the Pilates Reformer be used?

Muscle Strengthening

Invented in the 1900s by Joseph Pilates, his original intent for the Reformer was to help military hospital patients regain strength. And that’s exactly what one of the uses of the Reformer is, to gain (or regain) muscle strength, particularly in the core muscles. Through use of cables and springs, the Pilates Reformer guided instruction will help the student target and improve specific muscle groups creating a toned and balanced body.


Tired of the loud music and hard-charging cardio classes at a traditional gym? Come to Sheppard Method Pilates in Westwood for a relaxing session of Pilates Reformer work led by a certified Pilates instructor. Yes, RELAXATION. While these classes incorporate cardio as well as core muscle toning, you will find that a Reformer class is also relaxing. The method is very intentional, requiring concentration and power, but in a more controlled way than a traditional gym workout. You will leave your Pilates Reformer class feeling refreshed, energized, and relaxed.


Perhaps you are having issues with your stability or balance, due to injury, illness or age. Of the over 500 certified Pilates Reformer moves, many are designed to improve stability and balance, which may decline as we age. A certified Pilates instructor can lead you gently thru moves on designed to improve your stability by strengthening your core and improving your balance.

Finding Pilates Reformer Classes

Sheppard Method Pilates, Westwood’ leading Pilates studio, is here to help you address your strength, cardio and fitness needs at our conveniently located Westwood Blvd. studio. We offer mat, reformer, private, and group Pilates classes. Visit our website at for a complete menu of our services and meet our experienced, certified staff. Or call us at (310) 470-2828 to make an appointment today! We are here to help you enjoy your life!