Can Beginners Do Reformer Pilates? Tips For First Timers!
September 29th, 2021
Many of us think that Pilates Reformer is only for experienced Pilates practitioners. Unlike common fitness equipment, this unique-looking machine that you can only find in Pilates studios is not easy to figure out how to use, especially if you have no experience in Pilates exercises. Beginners can do Reformer Pilates. Most Reformer exercises can be modified to suit a beginner level with the guide of a Pilates teacher. Make sure that you are attending a beginner-level...Read More »
Doing Pilates exercise can be deceivingly simple, especially when you are doing it only on the mat as it only involves your own body. You may think that using some small apparatus is the only way to make these exercises more challenging. The Intensity of a Pilates exercise can be increased by going slower with the movement, doing pulses at the end of the range, focusing on contracting your muscles more, lesser rest between exercises, adjusting the angle of the legs...Read More »
The Pilates Reformer exercises are unique, and they are hard to replicate without the machine. The combination of the springs, the moving carriage, and how you position your body on the Reformer gives you a very different experience with the movement. But because of this complexity, it can be overwhelming to understand the exercises even after several sessions. After teaching Pilates for more than 20 years, I found a few things that work very well for my students to...Read More »
Doing the exercises on the Pilates Reformer is very effective, interesting, fun, and invigorating at the same time. However, with a busy schedule, attending Pilates Reformer classes may not be as regular as you have wanted it to be. Buying Reformer equipment is not only expensive and impractical as it requires a lot of space, but it also requires deeper knowledge to do the exercises safely on your own. Pilates exercises can be done without the Reformer equipment. All you...Read More »
One of the things that stand out the very first time I visited a Pilates studio was the sound of the breathing technique. I was attending a Ron Fletcher workshop at that time in the early 2000s, and that is when I got introduced to Pilates breathing. The detailed manner of doing Pilates exercises is already challenging enough and adding the breathing technique can be confusing, but at the same time refreshing in a way, especially if you are new to the method. You breathe in...Read More »
Pilates Reformer is an excellent workout for the core or what’s also called the body’s powerhouse—the abs, lower back, hips, pelvic floor, and glutes. Reformer exercises are designed to build up strength and muscle tone without bulking you up. Pilates’ movements will help you develop proper body mechanics for better posture and balance and be more flexible and energetic. Reformer Pilates also helps in weight loss, especially when combined with a cardio workout and proper...Read More »