How Reformer Pilates Can Benefit You, Plus How You Can Win A $4,000 Best Body Lifestyle Membership!
Most women of varying degrees of fitness persuasions would have heard of Pilates – a popular fitness regime involving core exercises to help muscle conditioning.
And while it’s been mainstream for a few decades, in recent years Reformer Pilates has risen as a popular choice of exercise. Involving the use of a reformer machine in class environments, the gentle and controlled movements challenge your body while putting less strain on joints and muscles.
Perth wellness studio Best Body offer some of the best Pilates classes going around, and so we asked them to give us a Reformer Pilates rundown, with all the benefits and more.
And if you feel like Reformer Pilates could be right for you, we’re giving away 4 Top Tier Best Body Lifestyle Memberships valued at $4,000 each! Just follow this link to enter for your chance to win, and read on below for some Best Body testimonials and a beginners guide to Reformer Pilates.
Why choose Reformer Pilates?
If you’re looking to work up a sweat and increase your heart rate without putting too much strain on your joints, overworking your muscles or going to a crowded gym, Reformer Pilates could be just the ticket. It’s a workout that not only strengthens and tones your body, but also helps calm your mind thanks to a focus on breathing and movement, helping wash away the noise of everyday life.
Once you’ve strung a few classes together, initial benefits include; higher energy levels throughout the day, decreased niggling aches and pains, increased flexibility and even waistline slimming.
Read on to find out more about the range of benefits, including it being a safe and low-impact workout for pregnancy.
Strengthening your core
Reformer machines are made up of a rolling carriage held in place by adjustable springs, creating resistance and spring-loaded tension similar to gravity, allowing you to build strength against that resistance. While you’re on the rolling carriage body control is key, and as you use the muscles in your arms, legs, torso, glutes and back, you’ll instinctively begin to engage your core.
Increase your overall flexibility
The core-strengthening movements will in turn retrain and extend your muscles to increase your range of movement, which naturally leads to improved flexibility and reduced muscle/joint stiffness.
Drop a dress size (or two)
While Reformer Pilates’ major selling points are its low impact, low intensity principles, it also provides a balanced workout with movements that strengthen, tone and stretch your body. Through all the principles we’ve mentioned here, Reformer is still a cardio workout, with different exercises that’ll help you not only work up a sweat and increase your heart rate, but slim down and lose weight over time too.
Realign your body and relieve pain
If you’re anything like us, you live a somewhat sedentary lifestyle, sitting down in front of a computer for long stretches of time. Reformer Pilates is a great way to fight against the negative impacts of this. By strengthening deep supportive muscles in your spine, Reformer Pilates helps your body get back to its natural alignment.
Prepare for pregnancy
Keeping physically active during pregnancy can be very helpful in improving the health of mum and bub, making it easier to adapt to changing shape and weight gain, along with coping with labour and getting back into shape after birth. Reformer Pilates is an excellent, safe and low impact workout that helps strengthen and stretch the body pre- and post-birth.
Best Body specialises in Reformer Pilates for all women, including mums-to-be, with intimate studios and trained professionals guiding you every step of the way – head to their WEBSITE for more information and to find your nearest studio.