The Pilates Reformer is probably one of the most well-known pieces of Pilates equipment. If you’re not familiar with how the machine works - it looks scary, but we promise it’s not! In fact, the Pilates Reformer is one of the best tools you can use in aiding your journey to improve your strength, flexibility and balance.
What is the Pilates Reformer?
A Reformer is made up of a frame called a “carriage” that moves on wheels. The carriage is also attached to a set of springs which provide different levels of resistance to the platform while it is being moved. Long straps are attached to the foot bar of the reformer, which can be used by your arms and legs to incorporate a “pushing” and “pulling” aspect to your exercise.
There is a reason why the Pilates Reformer is one of the most well-known pieces of Pilates equipment. It offers so many benefits including improving your flexibility and balance, challenging your strength and stability, while also providing ways to incorporate resistance and variety into your Pilates routine.
Here are some of my favorite exercises to do on the Pilates Reformer.
How to do Leg Circles:
Attach 2 springs to the platform for the required resistance
Lie on the platform with your knees bent and feet pointed
Lift the straps over your head and place your feet inside each of the straps. Be sure to secure your feet in the loop
With your pelvic down, place your hands to your side and palms flat on the platform. Push your body so you slide up
Extend your legs while keeping your toes pointed
Move your legs to create small outward circles
After completing 5 reps, circle your legs in the opposite direction
How to do the Pilates Hundred:
Lie on the platform with your legs extended
Pull the straps with your arms next to your abdomen
Curl your head and shoulders up and pulse your arms up and down until you reach 100 pulses