The Pilates Reformer
The Reformer is a piece of equipment designed by Joseph Pilates. He created it to treat muscular and skeletal injuries during his work with immobilized patients during World War I. The Reformer has since moved into main stream exercise and is used to strengthen muscles and improve cardiovascular function. Focusing on “core stability,” it also works the legs and arms and stretches muscles in a controlled style similar to Yoga.
The Reformer enables you to perform resistance exercises while standing, sitting, kneeling or lying on a sliding platform that is connected to a set of tension springs. The machine offers a versatile impact-free workout through more than 100 exercises.
- Strengthens and stretches the muscles
- Improves posture – it makes you seem taller and slimmer
- Increases joint mobility and control
- Increases flexibility
- Improves sports performance (swimming, tennis, golf etc.)
- Relieves pain associated with physical imbalance such as back pain and tight muscles
- Builds muscles without bulking