(Presently available only at True Fitness Great World City and True Yoga)
Pilates reformer exercises are useful to counter the natural “stiffening” process that all bodies experience as we age. Hence, in a well-rounded fitness program, it is imperative to include sufficient flexibility, stretching and toning of muscles.
The Pilates Reformer is a well known piece of Pilates equipment that can be used lying down, sitting, kneeling or standing on the carriage that glides along the frame - responding to the amount of effort and resistance set up by the springs. On the reformer, your body weight is the main source of resistance in addition to springs in different combinations and settings that also provide resistance.
The reformer achieves finely tuned exercise resistance enabling you to work very precisely to develop good alignment, core strength and flexibility - without hurting the joints when you strengthen specific muscle groups. A popular program for rehabilitation, control is a key element in all of reformer exercises to prevent strain or over exertion. Often in seated or recline positions, synergy between the abdominals and the lower back in reformer exercises also help relieve back pain and minimise the risk of injuries.
According to your fitness level, goals and posture, your trainer will adapt exercises to create the optimum pilates reformer program for you. Close supervision during the session also enable trainers to make adjustments on spring combinations, gear changes according to your body and training program.
A useful complement to other training programs, pilates reformer exercises are not cardiovascular workouts and burning calories is not its main focus. Reformer exercises are designed to help strengthen, tone and sculpt your body while building long and lean muscles.
Physically you can expect to:
- Increase mobility and flexibility, especially in the low back, shoulders, and hips
- Improve balance and coordination
- Decrease back pain and stiffness
- Improve your posture
- Lose inches to achieve a flatter stomach
- Shorten recovery time following strenuous activity
Mentally you can expect to:
- Gain body awareness
- Improve focus and stimulate the mind