Monday, 15 April 2013

What is a Pilates Reformer class?

Pilates entails a series of stretching and resistance exercises with a focus on breathing and body awareness that leads to core stability and leaner muscles. The method has an ‘all gain, no pain’ approach.

Joseph Pilates developed the Pilates method in the early 1900s as an exercise programme for First World War veterans. His original technique has now been enhanced utilising the improved knowledge we now have about the way the body works.

Through Pilates you can address your muscle imbalances, developing a ‘scaffolding’ to support your spine. As a result, your external muscles will relax and any tension will ease. 

Pilates classes take on a number of forms from group mat classes to one to one and group pregnancy classes to  reformer classes.

The reformer class is our focus on this blog update as although it is the most widely-used apparatus in pilates it is not widely known as a fitness option and we get asked many questions about what a reformer class is and what the benefits are.

So what is all the fuss about?

The reformer machine or apparatus looks like a bed with springs, a sliding carriage, ropes and pulleys and can look quite intimidating at first sight. Trust us when we say you can put your fears aside as once you have tried a couple of reformer classes you will fall in love and realise it is one of the most effective, flexible and easy to use piece of gym apparatus ever!

The reformer class offers the opportunity to work in the reformer studio but in a class environment.
The workout is more intense and more dynamic than a mat based class as you add resistance via the use of springs which are part of the apparatus.

The springs not only add resistance but a level of support that protects you and enables you to work your muscle groups more deeply and enhance your understanding of Pilates and your own body.

The Variations of movements and excersises are endless so you will never get bored and as you develop you add a new dimension and strength to your work-out.

The reformers we use at Purely Pilates have 5 springs and the springs are very strong, using only one or two can provide gentle resistance however the intensity can be varied considerably from person to person making the class very specific to each individuals strengths and making the equipment a very versatile tool for rehabilitation and for a great workout.

For more information or to book a reformer class taster session or course contact us at Purley Pilates today.

Tel: 01273 770900


  1. I love the reformer class, it's the best workout, I have to burn off those cupcakes somehow.

  2. You have shared a great article. Pilates reformer exercises are a great way to tone up and strengthen all of the muscles in the body. Thanks and keep it up.

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