Reformer is a Resistance-based Equipment that Enhances Pilates

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "reformer"Joseph Pilates invented his namesake exercise in the 1920s to help himself overcome asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. He began training internees during World War 1 with various exercises, which were designed for muscle strength, flexibility and endurance through focused interaction between the mind and body. After working with an orderly at an infirmary during World War 1, he engineered a simplistic reformer by rigging springs on a hospital bed to offer light resistance to bedridden patients. In 1926, Pilates brought the form of exercise to New York City after leaving Germany, which gained widespread acceptance during the Roaring Twenties as professional dancers adopted it as the best way to stay in shape without beating up their bodies.

The Make-Up of a Reform

Joseph Pilates invented his namesake exercise in the 1920s to help himself overcome asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. He began training internees during World War 1 with various exercises, which were designed for muscle strength, flexibility and endurance through focused interaction between the mind and body. After working with an orderly at an infirmary during World War 1, he engineered a simplistic reformer by rigging springs on a hospital bed to offer light resistance to bedridden patients. In 1926, Pilates brought the form of exercise to New York City after leaving Germany, which gained widespread acceptance during the Roaring Twenties as professional dancers adopted it as the best way to stay in shape without beating up their bodies.

The Make-Up of a Reformer

Pilates instructor Rhonda McClenithan of Pilates for Life in Punta Gorda, FL said a reformer is a metal or wood platform that moves back and forth on a carriage, which also provides resistance springs that are attached between the carriage and platform.

The gliding platform, otherwise known as a crux, provides a place for one to sit, kneel, stand or lie down on their back, stomach or side to help establish stability and postural alignment while doing a specific exercise. The reformer also provides adjustable springs, allowing one with the opportunity to use progressive resistance in helping to lengthen and strengthen muscles. The springs also provide a non-impact exercise that is easy on the joints.

McClenithan said for most exercises done on the reformer, a heavier spring equals more work for the extremity one is working and less on the abdomen. She said when using lighter springs more work is targeted towards the abdomen and less towards the extremities. In turn, a lighter spring is more work on the abdomen and less on extremities.

Benefits of Using a Reformer

Reformer training can help the individual who wants to strengthen and tone their body or the one who needs to rehabilitate after a specific injury or surgery, McClenithan said.

Although the reformer offers more resistance than a mat does, it provides the same Pilates benefits of correcting poor posture, balance, strength gain, muscle tone and flexibility. According to www.pilatesinsight.com, the reformer provides the abdomen muscles with a deep challenge to support the core of the individual’s body. The reformer also provides the ability of restoring posture alignment, along with creating a stronger and more flexible spine.

Exercises Practiced on a Reformer

The same Pilates exercises performed on a mat can be executed on a reformer with the addition of springs. For example, the Hundred, which is an endurance exercise for abs, is performed by rounding the head, neck and shoulders off the floor and holding that position for a count of 100, McClenithan said. The Hundred is executed the same way when it is done on the reformer, with the addition of holding straps that are connected to the resistance springs, which pulls the body down causing the abs to work more in holding the same position throughout.

The reformer also provides the opportunity for individuals to practice cardio by adding a jumpboard. The jumpboard, which is easy to use, allows an individual to jump away from the board as the resistance springs pull them back in. McClenithan said by laying on the platform an individual is not impacting their joints each time they land like they would if they were running on pavement.

Like with any exercise modifications can be made to most exercises in order to accommodate all physical abilities and disabilities, McClenithan said.

Put Down the Matt and Try Using a Reformer

Pilates, which is an exercise that promotes slow, controlled movements, can also be practiced on a reformer which is ideal for those who want assistance and resistance during their workout. Any exercise that can be performed on a matt can also be executed on a reformer by utilizing resistance springs and straps.

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Pilates instructor Rhonda McClenithan of Pilates for Life in Punta Gorda, FL said a reformer is a metal or wood platform that moves back and forth on a carriage, which also provides resistance springs that are attached between the carriage and platform.

The gliding platform, otherwise known as a crux, provides a place for one to sit, kneel, stand or lie down on their back, stomach or side to help establish stability and postural alignment while doing a specific exercise. The reformer also provides adjustable springs, allowing one with the opportunity to use progressive resistance in helping to lengthen and strengthen muscles. The springs also provide a non-impact exercise that is easy on the joints.

McClenithan said for most exercises done on the reformer, a heavier spring equals more work for the extremity one is working and less on the abdomen. She said when using lighter springs more work is targeted towards the abdomen and less towards the extremities. In turn, a lighter spring is more work on the abdomen and less on extremities.

Benefits of Using a Reformer

Reformer training can help the individual who wants to strengthen and tone their body or the one who needs to rehabilitate after a specific injury or surgery, McClenithan said.

Although the reformer offers more resistance than a mat does, it provides the same Pilates benefits of correcting poor posture, balance, strength gain, muscle tone and flexibility. According to www.pilatesinsight.com, the reformer provides the abdomen muscles with a deep challenge to support the core of the individual’s body. The reformer also provides the ability of restoring posture alignment, along with creating a stronger and more flexible spine.

Exercises Practiced on a Reformer

The same Pilates exercises performed on a mat can be executed on a reformer with the addition of springs. For example, the Hundred, which is an endurance exercise for abs, is performed by rounding the head, neck and shoulders off the floor and holding that position for a count of 100, McClenithan said. The Hundred is executed the same way when it is done on the reformer, with the addition of holding straps that are connected to the resistance springs, which pulls the body down causing the abs to work more in holding the same position throughout.