Pilates can be an aerobic and non-aerobic form of exercise. It requires concentration and focus, because you move your body through precise ranges of motion. Pilates lengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups in your body in a balanced fashion. It requires concentration in finding a centre point to control your body through movement. Each exercise has a prescribed placement, rhythm and breathing pattern.
In Pilates, your muscles are never worked to exhaustion, so there is no sweating or straining, just intense concentration. The workout consists of a variety of exercise sequences that are performed in low repetitions, usually five to ten times, over a session of 45 to 60 minutes.
Due to the individual attention, this method can suit everybody from elite athletes to people with limited mobility, pregnant women and people with low fitness levels.
Frequently ASKED Questions
What does a reformer do for your body?
Like mat Pilates, Reformer improves strength — particularly around the core, back, glutes and thighs — flexibility and balance, as well as focus, coordination, posture and body alignment. Despite the internet leading you to believe that Pilates creates long, lean muscles it does not - y0u can not lengthen your muscles.
Is the Reformer a good workout?
Reformer Pilates develops a strong core by supporting and strengthening the muscles of the torso, hips shoulders and pelvis. Reformer Pilates gives a full-body workout, which in turn improves power, strength, flexibility and efficiency
Does reformer help you lose weight?
Reformer Pilates contributes to your overall weight loss strategy by increasing your muscle tone. Muscles are metabolically active. The more lean muscles you have, the more calories you can burn. Aside from increasing your muscle tone, Reformer Pilates strengthens your body
Does reformer Pilates change your body shape?
The Pilates exercises we practice on the reformer machine use resistance to induce muscular contraction. By stretching the muscle, the muscle fibers lengthen and re-align, which is an amazing way to shape the body, giving our students a tighter and leaner physique.
How long does it take to see results from reformer Pilates?
If you're coming in 3-5 times a week, you may notice muscle definition and see a change in body shape within the first month. However quite often, feeling better is what gets us hooked on Pilates. Feeling healthy and strong, physically and mentally, is a benefit most people will feel almost instantly.
The Health benefits of Pilates include:
increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks ,core muscles’ of your body
balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body
enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
improved stabilisation of your spine
rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
improved physical coordination and balance
relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
stress management and relaxation.