Updated: Jul 12
Exciting times happening at Breathe Physio & Pilates as our new Pilates Reformer has arrived!
What is it?
The reformer was created by the father of Pilates Joseph Pilates
and is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it which is connect to a set of springs providing different difficulties of resistance as carriage is pulled along the frame
SELF. (2015, September 16). The Truth About
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Mat Work vs Reformer
Performing Pilates on the Reformer is a step up from mat work as the variety and repertoire of exercises available is greatly increased (and also makes it more fun!). The exercises done on the Reformer also goes through a larger range of motion allowing for the body to build up toned muscles and improving flexibility and stability. On the Reformer you are able to work on multiple muscle groups of your arms or legs but ensuring that you maintain a steady core as you slide along the frame
The unique and varied exercise environment on the Pilates Reformer assists in building stable to strong core muscles. This results in flat abs, strong backs, toned buttocks and firms thighs.
The Reformer can also be used to improve the performance of athletes as a sports specific cross training tool as the main focus is working on core stabilisation. This is essential for any athlete as well as improve muscle endurance, peripheral joint tolerance, lactate tolerance, peripheral joint stability, coordination, balance and more.
The Reformer is also great for rehab as it provides resistance in a horizontal plane minimising the effects of gravity on bearing weight though the legs. A good example of this is if you have had a knee surgery or knee injury (ACL tear), by performing exercises on a horizontal plane enables you to strengthen you muscle around the leg via a larger range of motion at a lighter resistance than body weight, speeding up recovery though controlled movements.
Want to give the Reformer a go? Call us on 3061 7128 or book online for a consultation with us.
SELF. (2015, September 16). The Truth About That Pilates Article [Image]. SELF. https://www.self.com/story/truth-about-pilates