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7 Reasons Why Reformer Pilates is So Popular

by Virgin Active on Tuesday 10 March 2020

It’s no surprise that Reformer Pilates has grown a following internationally amongst woman and men alike, which continues to grow. Here, we’ll look at some of the reasons why Reformer Pilates is so popular, and why you should try it out, too!

Every Body is Welcome

One big drawcard about Reformer Pilates is its inclusive in that all-fitness capabilities are welcomed. Rarely does a group exercise program cater to such a wide demographic: from elite athletes, to the weekend warriors, the office worker, pre-natal, post-natal, post rehab… everyone can gain something from this system of exercise.

This is because Joseph Pilates, the creator of Pilates, had the belief that it was everyone’s birthright to move. “The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power,” - Joseph Pilates. This quote embodies his holistic belief that exercise is for everyone; everyone is accountable for their own health and this should be celebrated and empowered. 

Joseph Pilates believed that with patience and persistence, Pilates will develop the body uniformly. Not only to help improve posture and restore physical vitality, but also it will invigorate the mind and elevate spirit.

Feel Supported and Challenged

At Virgin Active, our goal is to make everyone feel supported and challenged within their own capability. This is possible due to the wide range of exercises that can be adjusted to facilitate movement for any fitness or experience level.

Reformer Pilates is a great way to rehab injury or any movement conditions, group Reformer Pilates classes can be ideal entry point back into exercise after completing a rehabilitation program with your Physiotherapist or Exercise physiologist. Allied health professionals will commonly encourage their patients to attend Reformer Pilates class after rehab.

Even Celebrities Love It

Did you know that LeBron James and his fellow NBA teammates are big Reformer Pilates fans? They incorporate Reformer into their training regimes. Sylvester Stallone has blessed the internet with his Reformer skills – google it, you’ll be impressed. Even our very own Richard Branson is a fan!

Many members have Reformer Pilates to thank for giving them a pathway to beginning their exercise journey, building self-confidence to be stronger physically and mentally. Reformer Pilates have inspired many members to undertake Pilates training and become Pilates coaches themselves. Some members found Reformer Pilates offered a gateway to start their fitness journey. Fast forward from their very first Reformer class and they are now achieving incredible fitness goals, such as Ultra Marathons or stepping up on stage in a Fitness Competition. Reformer Pilates is popular because it is a gateway into discovering a whole new outlook towards fitness and health.

Versatility So You Never Get Bored

Another reason of Reformer’s popularity is the versatility of the exercises. Multiple fitness levels can attend the same class; you may find one member will be at the early stages of developing upper body strength, so they might find a modified push up is a proud accomplishment, while other members may take the progression given by the coach. This particular member may move through the layers of challenge and end up completing a full plank push up with one leg lifted in the air. Nice!

The beauty of this is that Reformer Pilates doesn’t harbour a culture of competition. It’s not about outdoing the person next to you. It’s about diving into your mindset and focusing on what your body can achieve and celebrating that, in turn this creates a sense of success, and achievement.

This is a key motivator to keeping up your weekly classes.  

You Can Do As Little (Or As Much) As You Need

Reformer Pilates will nourish the mind and body, you can customise what your body and mind may need from a class. This mindfulness is another reason why Reformer Pilates is so popular, members are encouraged to self-modify when needed. At the same time, we also encourage you to work hard and step out of your comfort zone. It’s important to acknowledge that developing a new set of physical skills set takes time and consistency.

The process to mastering Reformer Pilates can start will 2 classes per week, and due to the low impact nature of the exercises some members might attend Reformer classes 6 days a week. Exercise should not be intimidating, we offer Reformer Classes at an introductory level  to get you ready to start your Reformer journey, we also other more advanced classes such as Reformer Athletic

The endless progressions and modifications a class can take you through will expose your body to an ever-evolving way of working out. Members are able to take ownership and dial back the exercise challenge with modifications, or some members will follow the coach’s cue and progress to push their limits.

Reformer Pilates Can Be Paired with Other Workouts

Reformer Pilates can be your standalone way to get fit, or it’s a great compliment to any other additional training you already undertake. The skills Reformer Pilates will develop within your body can be translated into any other modality of fitness training. This is because Reformer Pilates is multifaceted, targeting aspects of strength, balance, flexibility, endurance, and power. It will also sharpen your reflexes, improving balance, and body awareness.

The whole body will get a great workout, classes are refreshingly varied! Be prepared to explore and feel your body move in various ways; you’ll push, pull, sit, stand, and bend in ways you’ve never experience before. The Reformer machine is specifically designed to be adaptable, and this is why it’s a suitable to all fitness levels. The exact same exercise can go from easy or super challenging depending on the spring load.

Celebration of What the Body Can Do

Reformer Pilates is so popular because it celebrates full body movement for everyone. Empowering the mindset of what your body is capable of, rather than what your body isn’t good at. As Joseph Pilates says change happens through movement and movement heals, in 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see the difference and in 30 sessions you’ll have a whole new body.

We want to help facilitate your body to feel stronger, and encourage optimal movement.

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