Clinical Pilates: What is a Pilates Reformer?

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A reformer is a machine used in one on one assessments and classes that facilitates greater intensity and is more dynamic than matwork classes. The carriage of the reformer is loaded by 5 tensioned springs that attach to the carriage of the frame. When the carriage slides, horizontal resistance is then created.

A number of ropes and pulleys can also be attached to the carriage. These can be used to create additional resistance, or alleviate it (as required).

Exercise on a reformer builds on the existing movements of matwork and offers more variety. Exercises can be performed in a number of positions including: lying on your back or stomach, sitting, standing, kneeling, pushing a foot bar, perched on shoulder pads, feet in straps and hands in straps.

The reformers enable easy progressions for many exercises in your program, which will further challenge your core.


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