How Pilates on a Reformer works
To some, a Reformer might resemble a torture apparatus, looking like a single bed frame but with a sliding carriage and adjustable springs to regulate tension and resistance. Cables, bars, straps and pulleys allow exercises to be done from a variety of positions, even standing.
We follow a “Classical/Authentic” approach to Pilates and so follow the exercise order, systems and sequences as designed by Joseph Pilates himself. The exercises and order they are taught at the Pilates Loft will be replicated in other “Classical/Authentic” studios.
Because the Reformer can look daunting we like to start all clients with a few Private Session, this acts as in introduction to the Reformer.
We start with a beginner exercises designed to build strength before moving onto Intermediate and Advance routines. The resistance created by the pulley and spring system provides a challenging and strengthening workout regardless of the level being undertaken.
Reformer exercises can be done slow, with a focus on coordination and control, or sped up for a more dynamic work out including fluid transitions between exercises. Either way, we always observe the basic Pilates principle of Stability before Mobility.
A common questions is “How often do I need to do Pilates?”
Ok, without sounding like a “salesman” –
Once a week will condition your body for other activities and serve as a maintenance program for the body, helping to prevent injuries, so is fine if you have other form of exercise in your life, or a physical demanding job.
Twice a week will provide the above benefits and strengthen your body and increase your flexibility.
Three times or more a week will not only maintain, strengthen and stretch the body, but really start to transform your body.