Pilates Reformer Exercises: From Beginner to Advanced

Posted 3 May 2022

If you’ve ever visited a Club Pilates studio or taken a Pilates class with us, you know that we incorporate the reformer into many of our classes and routines. Despite the large range of Pilates apparatus and equipment available at any of our studios, the reformer remains one of the most popular – and for good reason! The Pilates reformer provides fantastic results for anyone, of any shape, size, or experience level. Everyone is welcome at Club Pilates!

Our Pilates studios host a variety of class types to cater to any experience level – from beginners, to intermediate, to advanced Pilates sessions, our trained instructors will help you develop and master the Pilates principles to get the most out of each reformer class you take.

Learn more about Pilates reformer exercises for different experience levels below, or visit a Club Pilates studio near you to experience the reformer in action!

Pilates Reformer Exercises for Beginners

If you’re new to the reformer or just getting started with Pilates, fear not! The reformer can be a great tool for beginners to ease their way into a Pilates practice. Our beginner reformer classes move at a slower pace, allowing you time to get used to the equipment and master the fundamental Pilates principles.

Still not sure if a beginner class is right for you? You can always schedule a private reformer session with one of our certified instructors. They’ll be able to assess your fitness level and offer guidance on which class type would be most beneficial for you.

Intermediate Pilates Reformer Exercises

Once you’ve gotten the hang of reformer basics and are looking to take your practice to the next level, an intermediate class may be right for you. In an intermediate reformer session, the pace is slightly faster than a beginner class, and the exercises are designed to challenge your strength, endurance, and balance.

If you’re still getting comfortable on the reformer or are new to Pilates altogether, we recommend starting with a few beginner classes or private sessions before hopping into an intermediate routine. Once you feel confident in your abilities and have mastered the basic principles of Pilates, give an intermediate class a try – get a trial class free at a Club Pilates studio near you!

Reformer Pilates North Lakes - Club Pilates member on a reformer

Advanced Pilates Reformer Exercises

For those looking for an extra challenge, our advanced reformer classes are the way to go. These classes are designed for experienced Pilates practitioners and move at a quicker pace than beginner or intermediate sessions. In an advanced reformer class, you can expect to work on complex exercises that require significant strength, endurance, and coordination.

If you’re new to reformer or Pilates in general, we recommend starting with a few beginner or intermediate classes before moving on to an advanced routine. Once you feel confident and comfortable on the reformer, challenge yourself with an advanced class – our instructors will help you use your experience to provide ever-challenging and rewarding workouts.

Types of Exercises on the Pilates Reformer

No matter your experience level, the reformer can be a great tool for helping you achieve your fitness goals. The reformer is an incredibly versatile piece of equipment, and there are a wide variety of exercises that can be performed on it – from beginner to advanced.

Our trained instructors will help you develop and master the Pilates principles to get the most out of each reformer class you take – from beginner classes that move at a slower pace, allowing you time to get used to the equipment and learn the fundamentals, to advanced sessions that challenge your strength, endurance, and balance.

Here are just a few examples of the different types of exercises that can be done on the reformer:

  • Beginner: The Hundred, Single-leg Circles, Double-leg Stretch, Swan Dive
  • Intermediate: Teaser, Side Kick Series, Crocodile, Saw
  • Advanced: Pilates Push-up, Mermaid, One-legged plank

Whatever your fitness goals may be, the reformer can help you achieve them!

Benefits of the Pilates Reformer

The reformer is a versatile piece of equipment that can offer a wide range of benefits, no matter your fitness level. Some of the benefits you may experience from taking reformer classes include:

No matter what your experience level, the reformer can provide a great workout that leaves you feeling toned, balanced, and refreshed. Not sure which level is right for you?

Schedule a private reformer session with one of our certified instructors. They’ll be able to assess your fitness level and offer guidance on which class type would be most beneficial for you.

Breathing in Pilates - Club Pilates class in session