How does it work? Reformer Pilates classes for beginners
Posted: May 31, 2017
Whether you’re new to Pilates altogether or are used to mat work only, reformer Pilates can often
seem a little intimidating at first. While it’s true that the reformer bed can look a bit like a medieval
torture instrument, it’s actually very easy once you get the hang of it.
We’re here today to talk about what you can expect if you’re a beginner to reformer Pilates.
Get to know the reformer bed
Reformer Pilates uses the spring-loaded reformer bed to create resistance for a total body workout.
The machine comes complete with cables, bars and straps so, with the help of additional props,
you’ll be able to get more out of your Pilates workout as your muscles are challenged. Don’t worry –
your Pilates instructor will talk you through how to use the machine and will guide you throughout
With reformer Pilates, you’ll discover new ranges of movement and flexibility as your muscles are
sculpted and toned. A significant advantage of reformer Pilates is that it targets smaller muscle
groups and you have the option of performing exercises in different positions.
A reformer Pilates class
Reformer Pilates classes generally run for 45 minutes to an hour and you won’t need to worry about
shoes – socks or bare feet are all you’ll need. Wear comfortable workout clothes but nothing that’s
too loose as you don’t want clothing getting in the way when you’re trying to use the machine.
When you begin your reformer class, you’ll learn that movements are generally small and isolated to
target particular muscle groups. The springs on your reformer bed can be adjusted to add more
resistance which means you can continually challenge yourself as you progress in your reformer
Pilates practice and your instructor will let you know when you need to increase resistance.
The results of reformer Pilates
If you’re a reformer beginner, you’ll be able to feel your muscles being challenged pretty early on –
after all, you’ll be working muscle groups that probably didn’t get much attention previously. If your
muscles begin to shake, this is normal but always remember to ease yourself into reformer slowly.
With continued reformer classes, you can expect to notice improvements in your core stability,
balance, muscle strength and endurance, posture and in your general wellbeing. Reformer Pilates is
also a good option if you’re recovering from injury – just make sure you speak to your instructor
beforehand so they know what the issue is and modify as necessary.
At K?YA Health Clubs, we provide you with an authentic Pilates experience. We provide Pilates
reformer for the beginner up to advanced and our specialist instructors are full accredited by the
Elixr School of Pilates. To help you get to know reformer Pilates, we also offer education courses so
you know exactly what you can expect from your classes.
For the best Pilates studio in Melbourne, contact K?YA today on (03) 9090 1000 and we can help
find the right class for you.
Nathan Aron is a fitness trainer, who writes for many online journals and portals that are related to fitness classes.