Pilates dates back to the early twentieth century and was created by German-born Joseph Pilates. Riddled with illness and disease himself, Pilates developed his technique originally to strengthen his own body. He took influence from various other exercise forms such as yoga, body building, gymnastics and martial arts. Joseph Pilates went on to teach many professional athletes and dancers and over the years the Pilates method has been developed significantly by various others, making it one of the worlds most recognised, safe, effective, and trusted workouts that suits all ages and abilities.
Most people are familiar with mat-work Pilates, but reformer Pilates (performed on the reformer machine) is still limited in many areas across the UK.
The original concept of the reformer machine, came from Joseph Pilates training injured soldiers in their hospital beds. Transforming them back to their recovery, he used the bed springs and straps to act as pulleys and levers to build up their strength. The reformer machine has developed over time to what it is today: a highly professional and trusted piece of machinery, which can be used to perform hundreds of various exercises upon.
Pilates specifically targets the core muscles, building strength from the inside out. However, the reformer machine offers a full body workout, like no other. Pilates aims to release tension, balance the body, increase flexibility, tone and sculpt as well as create a long, lean stream-like physique.
If you have experienced mat-work Pilates before, then you will recognise the main principals and many of the exercises. The difference being, that the machine will add resistance as you will use different strength springs, straps and pulleys to challenge the body and intensify the workout.
Dynamic Reformer Pilates is a class that flows from one exercise to the next, with short rest periods. As well as improving tone and strength, your fitness levels can improve dramatically too. Those who regularly take classes will see big changes in a short time.