Firstly, if you’ve not tried this latest craze hitting the fitness industry, you totally should. Being a pretty avid fitness bunny, I was overwhelmingly surprised firstly, by how much I enjoyed Reformer Pilates, but also by how challenging yet energising the workout was.
A Little Bit of Background
Reformer Pilates was invented by the founder of Pilates, Joseph Pilates. Joseph himself was a huge inspiration, affected by numerous health issues including rickets and asthma, he self-medicated through the use of strengthening and stretching exercises which he crated to help manage his illnesses. In the early 1910s Joseph adapted his exercises for the use of patients he was caring for who were unable to walk. He attached springs to their hospital beds to help support the patients’ limbs – this was the influence for the equipment we now know today as the ‘reformer’.
How It All Works
The reformer is made up of a flat platform called the carriage, which rolls back and forth within a frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the frame by a set of springs, these springs provide different levels of resistance when the carriage is pushed or pulled along the frame during the exercises.
The unique training technique of Reformer Pilates helps promote length, strength, flexibility and balance through the pushing and pulling motions or by holding the carriage steady. The movements can be done in a variety of ways and positions, meaning you can train many parts of the body in different ways with just one piece of equipment! Yay!
The instability of the carriage also helps focus on strengthening your core, your core is key when it comes to building strength - flat abs, strong back, toned glutes and firm thighs are all results of core training.
Conclusion (it's a yes!)
I left my first class feeling fantastic! A very different sort of energy to what you’d expect from such a vigorous workout. I didn’t feel drained, or like I needed to sleep for days after, I just felt, well, great! A massive thanks to Love Lagree, who are based in Leeds, for introducing me to a class that helps me keep fit and feel amazing while doing it. Craig and Lorraine, the founders, have created such a friendly and welcoming environment too, well done guys!
Comment below if you've already attended a Reformer Pilates class or if you're thinking about it, I’d love to hear your experiences or questions!
And, why not buy a chunky knit blanket to snuggle up into after a great workout - you'll have earned it!