Reformer classes are fast becoming popular at Pilates studios, especially here in at the Pilates Rooms in Urmston. But many people, especially those new to Pilates, aren’t quite sure what the Reformer classes are all about.

The Pilates Reformer is a piece of equipment which has frame with a flat platform on top. The platform rolls back and forward on wheels within the frame.

The platform is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. The springs provide choices of differing levels of resistance as the platform is pushed or pulled along the frame. The platform has shoulder blocks on it that keep the person from sliding off the end of the reformer as they push or pull the platform.

There are many exercises an individual can do on the Reformer – it is not limited to a specific body part, it works the legs, arms, core, abs, glutes – all with no impact.

One of the best things about the reformer is its versatility.

Exercises can be done lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps, pushing the footbar, on the footbar, on the shoulder blocks, with additional equipment, upside down, sideways and with all sorts of variations. Our instructors are all fully trained with the reformer’s full range of exercises and work with your needs.

The reformer offers all the usual benefits of Pilates, including overall strength, flexibility, coordination and balance and for many, relief from back pain.