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Reformer FAQ: Your Ultimate Guide to Reformer Fitness

Whether you're new to reformers or a seasoned user, this section provides answers to common questions about reformer usage, benefits, and safety tips. Our aim is to empower you with confidence and knowledge for a fulfilling reformer experience. Should you have further inquiries, our team is prepared to support you. Come on in, delve deeper, and relish the rewarding world of reformers! For customized guidance, feel free to reach out to us.

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Reformer Pilates is a method of exercise that uses a specialised piece of equipment that provides resistance and support during movements. 

Since it’s low-impact, movements can be adjusted in various ways to accommodate different body types. The exercises combine strength training, flexibility, and balance all in one go!

Reformer Pilates can be adapted for beginners to advanced athletes, providing varying levels of challenge and support. The machine's resistance and the range of exercises help to build strength, increase flexibility, and improve overall body awareness. Many exercises on the Reformer target the core muscles, aiding in posture, stability, and alignment.

First of all, what is a Pilates reformer? The reformer is a specially designed machine with a bed-like frame that allows you to slide, move and extend your body. It comes with attachments, complete with adjustable resistance bands, that you’ll hold onto during your workout to engage your muscles, core and spinal column. 

Using a Pilates reformer correctly can require a little bit of initial experimentation. Depending on your existing strength level, you’ll need to find the right resistance for your body’s needs to do the desired exercise safely and with the correct form. Important things to remember when you’re doing anything on your reformer is to maintain good body alignment and posture. 

A strong focus when using a Pilates reformer is maintaining steady breathing and engaging your core to support your back and avoid pulling anything. While Pilates is a full-body workout, if anything hurts or your muscles are shaking, it’s a sign to stop for a moment and adjust how you’re using your reformer. 

Reformer Pilates has a number of benefits, ranging from physical to mental. The specially designed Pilates reformer workouts were centred around the spine. The mentality of Joseph Pilates, the creator of the reformer, was that the health of your spine had a direct impact on how old you felt and the quality of your health. 

The benefits of reformer Pilates come from exercises that engage the body through the use of repetitive, concise movements. Pilates helps tone your muscles, strengthen your core, and promotes better posture. Many people also notice a significant improvement in their overall flexibility and strength in as little as a month of regular sessions using a Pilates reformer. 

Mentally, your mind and body connection is strengthened through a combination of breath work and focus on your posture and movement. Reformer Pilates, like many forms of exercise, can also support your mental health, boost your mood and facilitate better, deeper sleep. 

Although Pilates is primarily used as a strengthening exercise, it can be a beneficial part of a weight loss strategy when paired with a calorie deficit.  

While Pilates is not generally considered a high-intensity workout compared to other forms of exercise, it still burns calories. The exact number will depend on the individual's weight, muscle mass, and the intensity of the workout, but regular sessions can contribute to overall calorie expenditure.

We recommend speaking with your trainer or nutritionist before figuring out the best path for your weight loss. 

The cost of a reformer Pilates machine differs depending on the model and quality you want. Ideally, aiming for the best quality reformer you can afford is the best choice. While the overall frame can last for years, with extended use, the springs can become more stretched and less resilient. Generally speaking, a Pilates reformer machine will cost anywhere from $2500 to $3000. Both our Revive Foldable Pilates reformer and Revolve Pilates Reformer come with a 3-year warranty on all parts for at-home use. 

When using a Reformer Pilates machine, it's best to wear fitted, breathable activewear. Loose or baggy attire can get caught in the equipment, so close-fitting yet flexible clothing is preferable. We also recommend clothes without zippers or buttons to prevent damage to the machine or discomfort during exercises. 

Since Pilates is usually performed barefoot, you don’t have to worry about footwear. Simply wear your most comfortable sneakers and socks. 

 

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As always, please follow the guidance of your primary care provider, and if you reach a stage in your pregnancy where Pilates is not advised, take a break. If you’re going to a class, it’s advisable to find an instructor who is experienced in prenatal Pilates

If you are able to continue, reformer Pilates is incredibly versatile. You can adjust the resistance of the bands to increase or decrease the difficulty, meaning it can be modified for pregnancy. As your body transitions through the second and third trimesters, more adjustments will need to be made to accommodate a growing baby bump. You’ll need to remove and eventually reduce anything that requires you to lie on your front. And, while most exercises you’d be doing in a standard class are safe for pregnancy, we recommend avoiding anything that engages your core too much. 

Your personal goals will play a significant role in determining how often you should use the Reformer machine. 

If you are new to Pilates or reformer exercises, starting with two to three sessions a week is the best way to ease into it. This frequency allows for gradual adaptation and provides time for rest and recovery between sessions.

Those with more experience may find three to five sessions per week suitable, especially if Pilates is a primary form of exercise.  

Pilates is a form of anaerobic exercise, meaning it utilises body fat as an energy store rather than oxygen in your blood like cardio workouts do. While some people engage in reformer Pilates as a part of their main exercise regime, the overall number of calories you can burn will vary depending on a number of factors. 

Your age, current weight, and overall cardiovascular health will impact how your body burns calories. Adding to this, your existing diet, the duration of your Pilates class and the resistance you’re using will also impact your calorie burn. If you’re aiming to lose weight, we recommend speaking to a doctor or dietitian first, who can help you create a food and exercise plan to aid in achieving your goals.