Pilates Reformer Workout

Doing Pilates on the reformer offers a variety of benefits including overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. These things, in turn, lead to daily life improvements like better posture, graceful and efficient movement, and for many, relief from pain associated with physical imbalances such as back pain. The muscles of the core—are paramount for building strength. Strong abs, backs, buttocks, and thighs are all results of this emphasis.

The reformer is large enough to accommodate full-range motion, which is wonderful for increasing flexibility while building strength. It seems to invite the length you want to create in the body, and it trains the body to sustain that length.

The instability of a roll carriage with the springs set at different levels of resistance provides all kinds of stability challenges that develop core strength and promote better balance.  Having less of the body on the carriage is one of the ways Pilates exercises get harder.  The reformer is set up for eccentric contraction which is one of the keys to achieving long, strong, lean muscles without the bulk.