Reformer Pilates: Complete Guide for Beginners

Posted 15 March 2022

To the new or uninformed, the Pilates reformer can be an intimidating exercise apparatus. Fitted with an array of pulleys, straps and bars, the reformer may even initially seem like a torture device, rather than equipment that was developed for injury rehabilitation! Today, the Pilates reformer is one of the most popular pieces of Pilates apparatus – they form the basis of many class types at Club Pilates!

Follow our complete guide on reformer Pilates for beginners below, or visit a Club Pilates studio near you to book your first session.

What is the Pilates Reformer?

The Pilates reformer is a piece of equipment that was invented by Joseph Pilates over 70 years ago. It is a bed-like frame that has springs and cables attached, which allow for a wide variety of exercises to be performed on it. The reformer is often used in conjunction with other pieces of Pilates equipment, such as the Cadillac (or Trapeze Table) and Wunda Chair.

Why is the Pilates Reformer so Popular?

There are many reasons why the Pilates reformer is popular. Firstly, the reformer allows for a huge range of exercises to be performed, which can cater to all fitness levels. Secondly, as mentioned before, the reformer is often used in group settings, such as Club Pilates, where the instructor can help to ensure that you are performing the exercises correctly and safely.

Finally, the reformer is great for developing strength, stability and flexibility – all key ingredients for a strong and healthy body!

Pilates Reformer

Popular Reformer Pilates Exercises

Here are some popular reformer Pilates exercises that you may come across in your first session at Club Pilates :

  • The Hundred – This is a great exercise for beginners as it helps to build core strength and stability.
  • Footwork – Footwork is a fantastic exercise for toning the legs, as well as improving flexibility and range of motion.
  • Swimming – Swimming is a great all-over body exercise that helps to tone the arms, legs and core.
  • Corkscrew – The corkscrew is a challenging exercise that focuses on developing strength and stability in the abdominals.

Why Should a Pilates Beginner Try the Reformer?

If you are new to Pilates, we would recommend trying the reformer as your first piece of equipment. The reformer is perfect for beginners as it provides support and guidance, while also being challenging enough to provide a good workout. In addition, the reformer allows you to perform a wide variety of exercises which target different areas of the body – so you will never get bored!

Your first session on the reformer will be a little daunting, but our instructors will be with you every step of the way to ensure that you are performing the exercises correctly. You can expect to work up a good sweat and feel the benefits after just one session!

The reformer is a great piece of equipment for beginners as it provides support and guidance, while also being challenging enough to provide a good workout. In addition, the reformer allows you to perform a wide variety of exercises which target different areas of the body, making every workout rewarding!

Try Reformer Pilates at Club Pilates

Now that you know a little more about reformer Pilates, why not give it a try? Visit Club Pilates today to book your first session! Our highly experienced and certified instructors will guide you through a workout that is specifically tailored to your fitness level and goals – no matter your experience level.

We look forward to seeing you soon!