Our group reformer classes provide a lovely team atmosphere with all class members working together to achieve various fitness goals. The Pilates Reformer is a spring weighted apparatus, used to perform Pilates exercises with varying degrees of resistance.
Please arrive 10 minutes early for your first class!
Your class will begin with a brief breathing and abdominal connection exercise before progressing into your reformer exercises. Most classes will focus on working muscles throughout the entire body, though from time to time, your instructor may choose to run an intensive session focusing on a particular area to keep your body guessing! Pilates classes run for 30mins with no break, and your stretch is self-directed after class.
Why Resistance Training?
Resistance training provides such benefits to your body as:
- Increased Lean Muscle
- Core Strength
- Body Fat Loss
- Muscle Tone and Definition
- Improved Posture
- Increased Bone Density
- Relief and Prevention of Back Pain
- Stress Relief
Pilates exercise focuses on controlled movements that keep the muscle working equally during the eccentric contraction (the lengthening phase of a movement), as it does during the concentric contraction (the shortening phase of a movement). It is this continued ‘load’ on the muscle during the eccentric contraction that gives the body that beautiful, streamlined appearance. It also helps to maintain, and in some cases, improve your flexibility.
Pilates can be practised by people with all different levels of fitness, and is commonly used for rehabilitation following injury.
How does it work?
Building lean muscle helps the body to burn calories. Muscle uses a lot of energy just by existing, so having that lean muscle will cause the body to burn more calories very efficiently (even while you’re sleeping). You will essentially turn your body into a fat burning machine!
Pilates has a strong focus on engaging the ‘core’ throughout all exercises. Core strength is especially important to relieving or preventing back pain, and improving your posture.
Resistance training is imperative for bone density. Performing resistance exercises causes muscles to pull against the bone, this force pushes calcium into the bones, therefore strengthening them and increasing their density.
How long will it take to see results? “In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see the difference, and in 30 sessions you will have a whole new body” Joseph Pilates.
At Inspired Pilates and Yoga, we whole-heartedly agree! We recommend a minimum 3x sessions per week in order to achieve the results you desire. Mix up your Pilates training with our other offerings at the Studio.
The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900’s. Joseph was frail and sickly as a child, and was determined to strengthen his body. Following his personal journey, Pilates worked with patients in hospitals – he attached springs to their hospital beds to aid them, and so the first of the Pilates Equipment was born.
While there are still some Pilates ‘Traditionalists’ out there, many Pilates Instructors and Practitioners are now working with a more contemporary style of Pilates.
At Inspired Pilates and Yoga, we too use a contemporary method, developed to keep up with scientific research regarding efficient training techniques for the body.