PILATES REFORMER SESSION
What is a Reformer?
The Reformer is the main piece of equipment used in Pilates exercise. The Reformer glides forward and backward on rollers using spring loaded resistance for a wide variety of exercises and positions. The spring resistance ensures muscles are worked properly throughout the range of motion.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
Longer, leaner muscles, improved postural problems, increased core strength and stability, helps prevent injury, balances strength and flexibility around joints, can be customized to suit everyone from rehab patients to athletes, improves performance in sports, compliments other methods of exercise.
Why the Reformer?
The Reformer facilitates hundreds of exercise variations, is no-impact (easy on the joints), allows for modifications for those with injuries, allows three-dimensional (functional movement) and is excellent for strength, muscle endurance and flexibility.
Will I get the same results from mat work?
Mat-based workouts are convenient and can be done anywhere. The reformer will place more emphasis on stabilizing core as you work your limbs, while adding variety and intensity.
What if I already strength train regularly?
Reformer exercise is a great compliment to your weight training program. The Reformer workout places an emphasis on core stabilization and smaller 'finesse' muscles that often are under-used or lazy, enhancing better overall muscle balance and performance.
What can I expect at my first Reformer session?
A Stott Pilates Reformer trained Personal Trainer will perform a postural assessment in order to select the most appropriate exercises for you, review Five Basic Principles of Pilates, and begin your first layer of exercises as she selects appropriate reformer settings and spring resistance for you.
How often should I do Reformer Training for optimal results?
Frequency varies based on the rest of your exercise routine. As a compliment to strength training for example, once a week; as a sole method of resistance training, twice a week or three times a week may be appropriate. Together with your trainer you can determine what makes the most sense with your goals.
Is it safe?
The STOTT PILATES method of training used by our trainers is the world's most respected Pilates brand of programming. Physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals all have collaborated to refine these methods. It is a contemporary anatomically-based approach with a combination of key medical research and modern day knowledge of biomechanics. If you have any doubt about its appropriateness for you, please contact your physician and/or our personal training director (515-663-9921)
How do I get started?
Call 515-663-9921 or set up sessions directly with one of our Pilates Reformer trainers. New-to-Pilates clients may exchange regular sessions for a 45 minute Reformer session. Regular Pilates rates apply thereafter. Duets, or partner sessions, are available and encouraged following your initial one-on-one sessions so that the trainer knows your body and your needs.
What Clients Have to Say about Reformer Training:
“Since my car accident three years ago I have had chronic neck pain and have difficulty stabilizing my spine. I have managed to reduce muscular spasms, swelling, and constant pain. My family and friends have noticed my progress... which has also improved my mental state. Relief from some pain was my goal and I have received so much more! Pilates has been a true lifesaver.” Becky Berry
“I love Pilates and working on the Reformer has been a great variance to regular training.” Kris Magel
View Ann Thompson's experience with the reformer with this short video: