The Amazing Pilates Reformer
February 18, 2016
inner thigh work through standing side splits on the Reformer
the kneeling arm series challenges shoulder stability and core control
100's on the Reformer
abdominal work using the box and the magic circle on the Reformer
one of the many variations of planking on the Reformer
footwork on the Reformer
stretching...the best part
Jennifer Hagler Photography
By Buffy York
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I told you earlier this year I had a few new obsessions and Club Pilates is one of them. I have loved Reformer Pilates for years, but traditionally it has just not been affordable. Club Pilates in Cahaba Heights has recently opened making Pilates available for everyone with reasonable monthly packages and I am in love with the place. So much so that I am working at the front desk a few mornings a week. I talk about it often and many of my friends have no clue what Pilates is (it’s not yoga), much less a Reformer. I have asked the instructors at Club Pilates to start a monthly “Pilates Tip” column and today’s is a basic introduction to the Reformer.
The Amazing Pilates Reformer
Amy Liscomb, RDN, LD
Certified Yoga and Pilates Instructor
The Pilates Reformer is a fabulously diverse piece of equipment that challenges clients to build strength, flexibility, coordination and balance. The machine consists of a rolling carriage, straps for the hands and feet, a foot bar, shoulder blocks and a headrest. A box can also be added for various exercises as well as a jump board for cardio.
Powerhouse muscles of the core are always part of the exercises but smaller stability muscles are also targeted which promote better balance. “Think local not global” is a phrase I often use to help clients understand the importance of accessing all muscles and not just the larger muscles groups. Exercises can be done lying, standing, kneeling and/or sitting as the body pushes and pulls against spring resistance. The Reformer encourages full range of motion which invites the body to sustain length….the beautiful aspect of strength through length!
Instructors use a variety of visuals to help clients fire different muscles and draw awareness to their movement. This is a “take it with you” class, meaning throughout the day and during your other activities you become more aware of your posture and alignment leading to more graceful and efficient movement and for many relief from pain associated with physical imbalances. It is an excellent tool for rehabilitation and reversing the “forward slump” that many of our day jobs encourage. Life gets us all out of whack and Pilates helps re-establish symmetry of the body.
Club Pilates…Do Pilates Do Life
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