Many of us have taken a Pilates class or know what it entails – slow, controlled movements that leave your abs sore for days and improve core strength. Most people, however, have never heard of Pilates Reformer. This is a form of Pilates that uses a large apparatus to further challenge the body. One look at the Reformer apparatus scares many away, but this tool has been proven to improve strength and flexibility. This apparatus used springs, straps, and a sliding carriage to create resistance against common Pilates movements.
View the video from Empower Physical Therapy in Pennsylvania to get an idea of how the apparatus works –
History of Pilates Reformer
The Pilates system was created by German-born Joseph Pilates in the 20th century. Born in 1880, Pilates had a sickly childhood and used his teen years to test different exercise methods to become stronger and healthier. In 1912, he moved to England and became a professional boxer. During World War I, Pilates resided in a German internment camp where he served as a nurse. To help soldiers rehabilitate, he attached springs to hospital beds. These springs served as resistance devices that patients could use to exercise and improve muscle strength. This modified bed was the earliest form of the Reformer apparatus.
In 1923, Pilates moved to the U.S. where he opened his first exercise studio. This studio became a training home for many dancers where Pilates taught his exercise methods, referred to as “Contrology”. Ever since, this method has grown and is now referred to by his surname. Pilates instructors around the world teach this exercise method to people of all ages and skill levels. The slow, controlled movements challenge the muscles of the body, increase overall strength, and improve posture, flexibility, body awareness, and coordination.
Try it Out
BlackWatch offers Pilates Reformer classes with flexible scheduling. Led by an experienced instructor, classes will be tailored to each participant’s skill and comfort level with the Pilates system and apparatus. Our Pilates studio has space for two participants at a time, so sign up with a friend. To register for a class or to learn more, email us or give us a call today! Pricing can be found here.