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Starting New Pilates Reformer Class

Starting New Pilates Reformer Class

If you want to achieve a lean, long and strong body, enrolling in Pilates class is the answer. Pilates has been around since decades ago and more than 11 million around the world have been practicing it since. It even has rehabilitative capability for over trained athletes and people who experienced injury. During the 80’s, a modern variation of Pilates was developed for a safer and more effective fitness programme which suits anybody of any gender and age.

Pilates Reformer is the main equipment because it offers a wide range of body-improving benefits. Compared to other Pilates equipment, Pilates Reformer is the most popular as there are more than three hundreds exercises that can be performed using Reformer. If you are serious about advancing in your Pilates class, you should not miss the routines done using a Reformer.

Reformers originally created by Joseph Pilates were made with wooden frame and looked attractive. The downside of these Reformers however, was that they could not be attuned depending on the student’s height. During the 80’s when Pilates was first developed, a better version of Reformer was also constructed which was able to adjust with the students’ height and body built.

Reformers used in Pilates classes come in different types depending on the purposes they serve to the clients.The general features of Pilates Reformers include a carriage which is a raised area that glides to and fro, springs for resistances and headrest. For a wider range of motion, the modern Pilates Reformer has six carriage stops unlike classic Reformers which only have four. With more number of stops, a Reformer can be used by people of different sizes. Modern Reformers for Pilates can even be purchased with added six-inch length for people who are more than six feet.

There are various types of Reformers available for different types of purposes. For example, Rehab Pilates Reformer are usually set further away from the ground and is ideal for mobility-challenged clients and sports rehab patients. This is also suitable for hundreds of full-body routines. Sports Reformer on the other hand is constructed with heavy-duty steel, has five Reformer springs to vary workouts and is perfect for varied full-body exercises.

Clients who want to gain excellent body curves choose to experience Pilates class using Reformers. This equipment is designed to improve a person’s mind and body connection, balance, flexibility and body strength. It is also suitable for people who want to gain long, lean and strong muscles without the bulk.

As Pilates Reformers work out to improve your strength and resistance by stretching your muscles in the legs and arms, this equipment does not create tension in your joints unlike other gym equipment and exercises. Moreover, unlike other gym equipment, Pilates Reformers must be used properly to truly achieved the benefits it has to offer.

It might look difficult to master Reformers during your initial classes, but with the right guidance from your instructor combined with drive and passion, you will soon find ease in using Reformers for your Pilates class.

Continuous use of Pilates Reformers will strengthen your core, back and lower body. It also promotes heightened body awareness.

Candice Chin is the founder of Pilates Fitness and was nominated by CozyCot as the Top 100 Most Loved Singapore Beauty Professionals. Pilates Fitness provides effective, customised small classes that make you look great & feel healthy. We are the first Singapore Pilates studio providing Pilates for Weight Loss, Golfers, Runners, Athletes And Youth.
What Is Mat Pilates Class?

What Is Mat Pilates Class?

People who are new to the practice and concepts of Pilates will usually ask the question, “What is Mat Pilates?”. Although most people are still confused between Pilates and Yoga, Pilates has in fact been around for decades. It was developed at the beginning of the 20th century by German physicist Joseph Pilates. Decades after, modern variations of Pilates emerged in the fitness industry. Regardless of emergence of various modern Pilates school of thoughts, the key benefits of Pilates remains unchanged. Pilates provides wonderful benefits to your body and the routines are performed using a mat, Reformers, stability chair and other Pilates equipment.

What Is Pilates Mat Class?

Unlike Pilates Reformer, which requires a machine for workouts, Mat Pilates is done on the floor using just a mat. Mat is the basic tool in Pilates, and clients can do hundreds of routines just by using mat. Clients also have the liberty to add small equipment such as balance and resistance equipment during a Pilates class to add variety to their work out.

In Mat Pilates classes, attention is given to the right flow of movement while doing routines as well as improving your core muscle strength and stability.

Benefits Of Mat Pilates

In using mats for your Pilates class, there are a lot of benefits you can enjoy. Mat Pilates, just as other Pilates routines with machine, can be difficult and challenging at the beginning. But as you learn how to engage various body muscles in different movements, you will start to enjoy the intensity of this workout. Mat works can help enhance your posture, strength, flexibility and coordination. Mat works also help improve your core strength and stability. Acquiring these benefits will help you perform better in sports and other daily tasks. In addition, having strong core or abdomen area will help you prevent getting injured easily.

Aside from these benefits, regular Pilates practice will also help you obtain better body posture and better figure. Practicing Pilates three times a week can lessen your body fat by 1.2% in around four weeks. You’ll also notice the tightening of your chest, waist and arms. Moreover, if you have spinal issues, Pilates exercises articulate the spine and help you to gain more mobility. Practicing Pilates will help you acquire body balance, which will then lessen impact on your spine. Correct spine alignment is among the basic principles of Pilates.

Mat Pilates Compared To Pilates Reformer

With all the great benefits you can get from Mat Pilates, there are still some things that you might not find from this Pilates exercise. When Joseph Pilates was conceptualizing the idea of this fitness program, helping injured people was also in his mind, which then gave birth to Pilates Reformer. Even the classic Reformer was improved during the 80’s, Reformers are suitable for injured people who are unable to practice using mat.

Some Pilates studios also teach Mat Pilates class to a big number of students. This is one possible downside of Mat Pilates. If you want to be in a group class with lesser students and greater attention from your instructor, you might want to consider Pilates Reformer class instead.

Candice Chin is the founder of Pilates Fitness and was nominated by CozyCot as the Top 100 Most Loved Singapore Beauty Professionals. Pilates Fitness provides effective, customised small classes that make you look great & feel healthy. We are the first Singapore Pilates studio providing Pilates for Weight Loss, Golfers, Runners, Athletes And Youth.
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