• March 28, 2024

What Equipment is Used in Reformer Pilates East Sheen?

Equipment is Used in Reformer Pilates East Sheen

Using spring-based resistance, Pilates exercises promote good posture and flexibility, strong bones, long elastic – not bulky – muscles, balanced joints and improved circulation. All of this can help with pain management and recovery from injury, as well as helping those with chronic or acute health conditions.

If you’re looking for more of a challenge you can use reformer equipment to progress and intensify traditional mat and core Pilates movements. The universal reformer is the most popular piece of equipment and has a moving carriage that can be manipulated to make exercises harder or easier.

The flat, stable front platform on a Reformer Pilates East Sheen usually houses springs that can be adjusted to vary tension, and some have shoulder blocks or shorter straps with handles for additional options. Some come with a padded foot bar and adjustable bars for more challenging workouts.

What Equipment is Used in Reformer Pilates East Sheen?

Some studios choose to add a tower to their reformer which can be used for a range of movements that require upper body strength and the ability to control the springs with the arms. This can include exercises that involve rolling the spine, or moving the feet up and down and side to side. Adding a tower to your Reformer increases the complexity of the sessions and multiplies your exercise options.

Another option is to buy or rent a set of Pilates equipment including a variety of barrels and resistance bands. These are great for upping the intensity of a session, and especially useful for those with back problems or who need to focus on gaining more stability in the body. These accessories are also very versatile and can be easily adapted for use in regular mat sessions or even added to other pieces of equipment, such as the Wunda Chair.

For those who are more interested in learning how to safely and effectively practice Pilates exercises, or for physiotherapy rehabilitation, we recommend booking 1:1 sessions with a clinical physiotherapist. They have extensive experience of working with clients with joint hyper-mobility and can often combine Pilates with other modalities such as balance retraining and functional fitness for more advanced clients.

If you want to start doing Reformer Pilates but don’t have a Reformer, Balanced Body’s Clara Step Barrel Lite and the Pilates Arc are light enough to be stacked on one another by one person, and can be used as a stand-alone piece of equipment. This means you can get the benefits of a Pilates session, and still build up to attending classes at a studio.

Fuller says consistency is key to really seeing results from a reformer Pilates class. “If you can commit to three or four classes a week, that is perfect, but I always say that even once a week is better than nothing,” she says. Stefani Sasso is a NASM-certified personal trainer and Women’s Fitness Specialist who creates informed fitness content for Good Housekeeping. She’s a big proponent of trying things before you buy, but also believes that everyone should be able to enjoy a good quality workout.

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