Pilates conditions the whole body, even the ankles and feet. No muscle group is over trained or under trained. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease, better performance and less chance of injury. That’s why so many professional sports teams and elite athletes now use Pilates as a critical part of their training regimen.
Competitive runner and cyclist Val Shockley discovered this when she was ordered to avoid weight-bearing exercise for 12 weeks after foot surgery. Despite her “big, heavy, pink cast,” Shockley was able to begin reformer work. Once healed and back to running, she continued her Pilates practice to keep formerly common complaints such as pulled groin, back and leg muscles to a minimum while maximizing her core strength and giving her the flexibility she needed.
What is a reformer?
To some, reformer equipment might resemble a torture apparatus, looking like a single bed frame but with a sliding carriage and adjustable springs to regulate tension and resistance. Cables, bars, straps and pulleys allow exercises to be done from a variety of positions, even to standing.
Because this contraption can look a little scary, many students start with a few months of private sessions before moving on to group classes.
The resistance created by the pulley and spring system can provide a more challenging strength and endurance workout than a pilates mat class. It may also produce visible results sooner — arm, leg and abdominal muscles can look more firm and defined within a dozen or so regular sessions. Many clients comment that they feel taller, stronger through the core, and more flexible to do more activities.
How can you try it out?
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