As the popularity of Pilates continues to increase, the Pilates reformer is taking this exercise program to a new level of effectiveness. The Pilates reformer is an exercise machine that incorporates the Pilates technique for a challenging and intense workout. Springs, leverage and body weight are used as resistance while performing movements that target specific muscle groups.
Workouts consist of controlled, smooth movements working the muscles through a full range of motion. The reformer adds increased resistance to the movement. By working to overcome this resistance, training results in increased fitness levels. With regular training, using the Pilates reformer improves muscle fiber endurance, size and strength, as well as connective tissue strength. Muscles become highly toned without appearing bulky.
The main reason the Pilates reformer has become a sensation is because it can be used by anyone, at any age or fitness level, and make possible significant gains in strength and muscle tone. Those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, or recovering from orthopedic injuries can successfully use this program – as well as athletes. Pilates reformer truly offers something for every body!
Overall benefits of Pilates reformer training include:
- Building strength without excess bulk
- Development of core strength
- Prevention of injuries
- Alleviates chronic pain
- Improves posture, balance, flexibility and coordination
Sports and activities-related benefits include:
Martial Arts – Will greatly increase flexibility, alleviate hip pain and improve kicks while elongating muscles.
Dance – Will allow you to better isolate your muscles, improve coordination and elongate your body.
Golf – Will strengthen your back muscles to improve your swing.
Swimming – Will help improve core control to improve your strokes and speed while increasing flexibility in your legs, arms and back.
As advanced as the Pilates reformer equipment itself is, optimum benefits can only be accomplished through instruction by an experienced trainer. To get the most out of this exciting workout program, sign up at the front desk of the Future Fitness Center in your location for a free Pilates reformer demo session!