What is Reformer Pilates

Reformer Pilates is the most popular form of Pilates. A reformer is a spring resisted exercise machine used to perform Pilates exercises creating a challenging and intense work out. Compared to Matwork Pilates, that works mostly your core, the Reformer allows you to work the entire body including the peripheral muscles of your arms and legs by performing Pilates exercises in numerous positions with varying resistance.

What are the benefits of Reformer Pilates?

Reformer Pilates offers all the benefits of Matwork Pilates including improving strength, flexibility, balance and coordination but with an increased intensity and in a more challenging way. The Pilates Reformer allows you to work muscles through their full range of motion, inviting length into the body working to tone and strengthen muscle groups and maintain joint mobility. Pushing or pulling with the arms or legs on the Reformer using the resistance of the springs, carriage and body weight challenges the body and builds strength. After doing sessions on the Pilates Reformer you will feel your body awareness, control and flexibility improving having a positive impact on your posture, keeping any aches and pains at bay as well as it being an enjoyable and rewarding way of exercising.

Reformer Pilates is great for both rehabilitation of injuries and for optimising sports performance.
The Pilates Reformer can allow you to exercise in a horizontal plane so for any lower limb injuries it allows exercises to be performed in less of a loaded position and through a bigger range therefore allowing you to start to exercise sooner and facilitate recovery. Due to being able to exercise in a variety of positions on the Pilates Reformer it is also a fantastic tool for shoulder rehabilitation, challenging and loading the shoulder girdle in order to strengthen the stabilising muscles of the shoulder. Due to the way the carriage on the Pilates Reformer moves against spring resistance it allows muscles to work eccentrically. Eccentric muscle work is when a muscle lengthens whilst resisting force, this type of loading of a muscle is one of the key ways to achieve long strong toned muscles without increasing muscle bulk and is invaluable when rehabilitating any injury.

sporting performance

Reformer Pilates can help athletes optimise their sporting performance. The rolling carriage of the Pilates Reformer generates instability, this combined with varying resistance provides stability challenges that develop core strength and promote improved balance. The less body you have on the carriage or the lighter the spring resistance is the more you have to support your body weight requiring the core to work harder. This is why Reformer Pilates can be great as a sport specific training tool. Core stabilisation is essential to sporting performance at any level and the reformer can challenge the core in dynamic positions with variable loads improving muscle endurance, lactate tolerance, muscle strength, joint stability, balance and coordination.

Claire is currently offering 50% off initial sessions. Within the initial session you will be introduced to Pilates and the Pilates Reformer the session will also include a brief musculoskeletal assessment to assess your posture and any muscles imbalances and explore how doing Reformer and Mat Pilates could be of benefit for you.

Example Prices:

£65 PAYG Reformer Pilates
£625 for 10 sessions

Cre8 Fitness - London Personal Trainer
I knew very little about Pilates when my personal trainer suggested I try it. I was a total novice and Claire was very good at explaining and guiding me through the principals. It is surprisingly complex, subtle and challenging and the one to one tuition has been invaluable for me.

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Cre8 Fitness - London Personal Trainer
There are two big advantages for me of the personal sessions. Claire was able to ensure that I was in the correct positions to get maximum advantage for the exercises and to avoid injury and she has been able to identify my weaknesses and tailor the sessions to work on them. In just a few weeks my posture has improved dramatically and I even look taller!

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Cre8 Fitness - London Personal Trainer
"I have been very impressed with Claire. I have suffered from lower back pain and related problems (tight hamstrings etc) for a number of years. She has worked with me to identify the problem areas and Im confident my core is stronger as a result. I have recommended pilates and – in particular – Claire to colleagues and friends. My only regret is that I wished I had started with her earlier."

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Cre8 Fitness - London Personal Trainer
I really enjoy Pilates for the stretching and relaxation but it can also be a challenging workout. The time always flies by. It feels like an hour well spent.

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Cre8 Fitness - London Personal Trainer
“I went to Claire to help build up my core stability as part of a shoulder injury rehab process. After only a few sessions I began to notice the results. Her one-on-one Pilates classes are very much more effective than the group Pilates classes I tried before.”

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