Why it’s as good as it gets & 6 best courses

Pilates is a reformer everywhere, everywhere, everywhere. When it’s not our favorite celebs (Adele, Hailey Bieber, and Margot Robbie are all adoring fans), it’s all over Instagram. So if you’re new to Reformer Pilates, you’re probably wondering what all the fuss is about.

Additionally, a UK survey by HFE found that 70% of people would now prefer Pilates to yoga; Most cite its potential for weight loss and muscle building, as well as strength and flexibility training. These are all valid benefits of Reformer Pilates, but there’s more. Reformer Pilates can also help with weight loss if that’s your goal, and using the board can test your balance and coordination. Read on for our full list of Reformer Pilates benefits as well as the difference between Reformer Pilates and regular Pilates and the best Reformer Pilates classes in London.

What is Reformer Pilates?

The Reformer – the name given to the entire platform and frame – is probably the most famous Pilates piece of equipment. And if you’re not familiar, it looks kind of scary.

In Reformer Pilates, a frame called a “carriage” moves on wheels and is attached at one end by a set of springs that resist when the platform is moved. There is also a foot bar and long straps that can be used by the legs and arms, and shoulder blocks to prevent the practitioner from falling while exercising.

A Reformer Pilates machine can be used in a variety of ways to promote strength, flexibility, and balance. The majority is to push or pull the platform against the spring resistance and control the movement backwards or hold it in place, although this can be done standing, sitting, upside down and using all the different elements of the reformer can be done.

The versatility of the device means it can continue to challenge even the most experienced Pilates practitioner; often by holding more body off the platform or setting the springs lighter, requiring more strength and commitment.

Is Matt Pilates as good as Reformer Pilates?

Compared to Pilates on a mat, “You can just do more with the Reformer,” says Justin Rogers, head of brand at Ten Health & Fitness. “With the combination of adjustable spring resistance and a sliding platform, the Reformer can create resistance or instability (or both) to make exercises easier or more difficult than the mat can.”

What are the benefits of Pilates Reformer?

Have you SAW Elle Macpherson (just one of many to love herself as a reformer Pilates fix)? Although the results speak for themselves, the benefits of Pilates aren’t just celebrity fluff.

“It’s brilliant for everyone because it’s an integrative training method,” says James Shaw, Pilates instructor at Frame. “Whether you’re a professional athlete, office worker, or new to exercise, Reformer Pilates will help you develop your whole body.”

Like mat Pilates, the benefits of Reformer Pilates include the following:

  • Improves strength – especially around the core, back, glutes and hamstrings
  • Improves flexibility
  • Improves balance
  • Improves focus
  • Improves coordination
  • Improves posture
  • Improves body alignment
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • May relieve back pain as it focuses on stabilizing spinal muscles
  • Can help with weight loss when combined with a balanced diet

    Although the internet has you thinking that Pilates creates long, lean muscles, it doesn’t – you can not lengthen your muscles. Think what you would look like if you did it and your muscles were longer than your bones. What it does is strengthen your muscles through “eccentric muscle contractions,” which is the term for the movement of an active muscle that stretches when resisting force or strain. Eccentric training, which is what Reformer Pilates falls under, is all about doing this repeatedly.

    Does Reformer Pilates have mindful benefits too?

    Although Reformer Pilates was not invented as a spiritual activity, unlike yoga, it is undoubtedly mindful. Proven mental benefits include improving memory; train the brain; the good old endorphin kick; and relief from anxiety and depression.

    H1 Pilates Reformer



    There are also specific workouts designed to flush stress hormones out of the body and release tension in the face that aren’t targeted during a regular stretching session.

    As breathwork is the newest buzzword in well-being, it is noteworthy that it is one of the six fundamental Pilates principles, with Pilates itself saying, “Above all, learn to breathe properly.” This is also a technique used in Reformer Pilates.

    “For beginners, the main thing you do when doing Reformer Pilates is hold your breath!” says Shaw. “We stimulate breathing with the movement to engage deeper abdominal muscles, lower blood pressure, and shift focus from the mind to the body.”

    How to Use a Pilates Reformer?

    Reformer Pilates is accessible to all ages and fitness levels, but it’s worth taking classes or hiring a private instructor to ensure you understand the basics of Pilates and how to properly isolate and activate your core muscles. We also highly recommend taking a Reformer Pilates class when pregnant rather than trying a machine yourself.

    The instructors will explain exactly how to use the board, but your form and posture are key. “Proper form and alignment are a fundamental part of Pilates, and it’s easy to sense that you’re in the right position when you’re not,” says Justin Rogers, head of brand at Ten Health & Fitness. “Often just a small change in your form makes a big difference in how effectively you work and which muscles you target. A good instructor will manually adjust your position to ensure you perform each exercise as safely and effectively as possible.’

    Best Reformer Pilates class in London

    1.Ten Health & Fitness

    Reformer Pilates

    Avid proponents of the benefits of Reformer, Ten have taken the Pilates technique and added their own refinements – including elements from other disciplines such as circuits, weights and spin – for maximum body sculpting effect.

    Price: £30 per class

    Location: Chiswick, Notting Hill, Little Venice, Mayfair, St James’s, Fitzrovia, Tottenham Court Road, Hatton Garden, City

    2nd frame

    Reformer Pilates

    By breaking down the Reformer offering into Basic, Arms & Abs, Ass & Abs, Power and Advanced, Frame allows you to choose the class that suits your experience and fitness level.

    Price: £20 per class

    Location: Shoreditch, Kings Cross, Victoria, Hammersmith, Farringdon, Fitzrovia

    3. Pilates Headquarters

    Reformer Pilates

    Divided into beginner and intermediate levels, with an occasional cardio focus, Pilates HQ classes – set in a simple, bright, light-filled studio – are a comprehensive starting point for your reformer journey.

    Price: £25 per class

    Location: Angel

    4. Pace

    Reformer Pilates

    As the name suggests, Tempo sets your reformer session to an eclectic mix of “fantastic” music that sets the tempo for your body conditioning sequence; offered at five different skill levels, from beginner to TP X-Press Level 3, which includes HIIT, and the tough love Up-Tempo Pilates L3.

    Price: £30 per class

    Location: Shoreditch, Hackney, Covent Garden

    5. Core Kensington

    Reformer Pilates

    The crème de la crème de la reformer, Core Kensington’s minimal studio, only seats six practitioners per class, meaning you’ll get the teachers’ attention at your expense.

    Price: £30 per class

    Location: kensington

    6. Exhale

    Reformer Pilates

    As an introduction to the technique of Joseph Pilates, nothing beats Exhale. With state-of-the-art equipment, highly experienced teachers and a maximum of six people per class, you get the most effective version of Reformer.

    Price: £35 per class

    Location: chalk farm

    7. Power Pilates

    Reformer Pilates

    Price: £24 per class

    location: Beckenham

    As the name suggests, Beckenham’s Power Pilates prides itself on its fast-paced, energetic Reformer Pilates classes that promise to burn. The teachers are second to none in terms of skill and motivation (we’re big Natalie Scrutton fans), with an attention to each participant’s form that makes you feel like the only one in the class (and you’ll never be unsure ). what to do – especially noteworthy for all beginners).

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