REFORMER

We have four beautiful Balanced Body Allegro 2 reformers in Studio 1 for group classes. We teach a classical Pilates repertoire, from introductory level, through to advanced dynamic classes to challenge the experienced practitioner. Small groups ensure that each participant has the instructors attention during the session, with opportunities to ask questions and to offer feedback.

Friendly classes to suit all levels. Suitable for most participants with a reasonable level of fitness and mobility. If in doubt about the suitability of a class, please ask before booking into class. Buy Quartet Class passes for Reformer sessions.

Benefits of Reformer Pilates  

The structure of the reformer will guarantee you’ll move your body through a full range of motion — something you might not be able to do on your own. When you attach the ropes to your hands, or straps to your feet, you can’t help but extend to the fullest to follow their track. When doing mat exercises without support, it’s easy to fall back into old patterns of movement that aren’t as beneficial. You might habitually bend your knees or elbows, for example.

You may hear that Pilates lengthens the muscles, which isn’t really possible. What it does do is give you the appearance of greater length because you find this full range of motion and train to maintain it day in and day out. You’ll look and feel taller, slimmer and sleeker as a result of regular reformer work.

If you find mat Pilates moves too challenging, it will make them more accessible, or you can go beyond what you can do on the mat if you crave a greater push. The reformer allows you to work to your level and progress appropriately.

While Mat Pilates does include some exercises that train your arms and legs, they’re usually done with no — or very light — resistance. The reformer works your arms and legs more, providing a more comprehensive workout and the resistance of the reformer means you’ll get results from your workouts faster. The tension of the springs on the moving carriage adjust to different levels of difficulty. As you become stronger and more proficient with the reformer, you progress from reclined exercises to ones that put less of your body surface on the carriage, meaning you need to use more of your own strength and coordination to execute the moves. You may even notice greater definition in your arms, legs and abs after just a few months of consistent work on the reformer.

PLEASE NOTE: All reformer, studio and mat classes on the schedule have descriptions on the booking system.

Pilates is a progressive exercise program. It is essential to learn the principles first, layering in the exercises in stages. Once confident and strong with the beginning and movements, the time would be right to progress. Muscles build from the centre out and the whole system works with breath, the breathing the most essential principle to master.

You will feel better in 10 sessions, look better in 20 sessions and have a whole new body in 30 sessions.

JH Pilates