Pilates is an excellent way to strengthen and tone your body through gentle, concentrated exercise. Movements focus on your core muscles, working to emphasize your body’s alignment. These exercises can help prevent mishaps and rehabilitate from injuries that are related to imbalance. There are different types of Pilates, either done on a mat or strapped onto a reformer. At HIP Studio we teach all of our Pilates classes on our custom designed HIPformers. There are 500 Pilates exercises that target your core muscles: abdominals, lower back, hips and buttocks. The essence of these exercises is based around working against resistance. In mat Pilates, resistance is created by body weight. A Pilates reformer is a machine that creates the resistance for you.
A regular schedule of Pilates classes can be beneficial in strengthening your core and improving your flexibility. Some people may feel intimidated by the look of the reformer at first but your trainers and fellow classmates are always happy to demonstrate how to use it and make transitions.
Pilates Reformer classes are a wonderful way to kick up your workouts a notch or provide variety to your routine. When you use a reformer, you lie on a bed-like platform that slides on tracks. The platform is attached to pulleys and springs, which help create resistance as you do a variety of movements.
The resistance created by the pulley and spring system can actually provide a more challenging workout than a mat class. The attachments provide a wider range of exercises as well as more modifications that can be made to exercises. Because of this, it is possible to see visible results sooner. You may notice more definition in your arms, legs and abs after just a dozen classes.
Additionally, a Pilates reformer can provide support that you do not have by doing exercise on a mat. That support can allow for people with injuries or a limited range of movement to safely exercise. As Pilates originally started as a way to help rehab athlete’s injuries, the reformer was designed around helping people do the exercises when they may otherwise be unable to. In fact, Joseph Pilates, the person who created Pilates, also developed the reformer.