The Pilates Reformer

28 June 2021

Pilates reformer

What is the Pilates Reformer?

The Reformer machine is a bed like frame with a moving platform called a carriage. This is attached at one end by springs, these springs allow for different levels of resistance depending on which springs are used and how many. Above this is a foot bar that can be raised up or laid flat. At the other end of the carriage is a head rest and 2 shoulder pads.  At the other end of the bed are 2 long straps with handles for placing your hands or feet in. A combination of moves using body weight and resistance of the springs are performed either using the anchor point of the foot bar or the straps.  There are a huge number of exercises that can be performed on the machine in a variety of positions from lying, kneeling, sitting and standing on the carriage.

Can I do a Reformer session if I’ve never done Pilates before?

Absolutely! The reformer is fantastic for beginners through to elite athletes. Due to the variety of moves, positions, and resistance variations from the springs, it’s possible to adapt the intensity of the moves allowing workouts to be tailored to the individual’s needs.

What will I gain?

An amazing all over workout engaging every part of your body whilst focusing your mind. This makes it ideal for the pressures of modern day life. Far from just a workout for your core, reformers allow a more dynamic and targeting workout. You will be using the deepest muscles in the body that you didn’t even know you had! Whilst creating core, back, leg and arm strength, along with deep stretching and lengthening of the body. all whilst working on posture, breathing and control of movement.

Is the Reformer similar to mat Pilates?

Yes there are many similarities from mat to reformer. The Pilates principles of concentration, control, centre, flow, precision and breathing all apply. The activation of the core muscles and preparation of breath is the same, as are many of the moves. What may take a little time to get used to is the movement of the carriage and choreography. The reformer offers a huge variety of moves working on the foot bar, feet or hands in straps, sitting or lying on the carriage or box, standing work and the use of props.


The reformer makes a dramatic impression when you first see one and an even more dramatic change to your body when you use one!

Pilates Reformer