Pilates is a full body workout (on and off the reformer)
The versatility of the pilates reformer allows exercises to be combined to provide a full body workout, which creates change, harmony and balance throughout the whole body.
The use of springs and pulleys to create resistance means that you will strengthen the superficial, global muscles as well as activating the more subtle, deep stabilising muscles for a well-rounded workout. The focus on unilateral (one-sided) exercises allows us to correct any asymmetries of the body.
Build strength and tone muscles
With the use of different spring tensions to create varying levels of resistance, reformer pilates creates equal focus on both the concentric contraction of muscles balanced with the eccentric lengthening of muscles, resulting in creating long, lean muscles.
High intensity workout with low impact on your body
Unlike high impact aerobic exercises which can be harsh on joints and particular injuries, the benefit of reformer pilates is that you can still get a killer workout without the additional pressure on joint structures. By working in varying positions including lying, sidelying, kneeling, standing and sitting, exercises can be easily adapted to make sure workouts are gentle and safe for everyone while you are still getting the most out of your workout.
Say hello to a stronger core and better posture
Pilates develops the deep muscles of the back and abdomen to support your spine, and focuses on breathing to promote better posture. Strengthening the core (or the pilates “powerhouse”) consists of targeting muscles of the abdominals, back, hips and pelvis whose strength is essential for everyday tasks as well as achieving those flat abs!
Pilates reduces lower back pain
Reformer Pilates will also improve your flexibility and reduce muscle and joint stiffness which therefore reduces pain. Through targeting the deep, stabilising muscles of the spine, reformer pilates helps to reduce the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle and poor posture and restore neutral alignment of the spine.