5 Amazing Benefits of Using the Pilates Reformer
The Pilates reformer is a machine used with mat-based Pilates techniques and exercises. It is a dynamic and more intense workout, using springs, leverage, and body weight as resistance to target specific muscle groups. Tim Ellis, managing director at Excel, offers one-on-one Pilates sessions that are claimable on the patient’s private health funds as Physiotherapy.
Pilates reformer workouts include controlled, flowing movements using full range of motion. A wide variety of workouts are available for Pilates reformer, working more areas of the body and increasing fitness levels. Athletes often use the Pilates reformer as a cross-training workout.
One-on-one sessions are available with managing director, Tim Ellis (health fund rebatable through your Physiotherapy cover) or Sue Larkin, our dedicated Pilates teacher. If you like Pilates and would like to step up your game, here are five good reasons why you should try the Pilates reformer.
The Pilates reformer is a versatile machine. It allows you to perform workouts in various positions, such as sitting, standing, prone, lying down, and sideways, for a wide variety of routines and exercises. You can train various parts of your body for whatever muscle group you would like to work on with just one exercise equipment.
Reduced Body Fat
Weight loss is one of the main reasons people start exercising or working out. With regular exercise, you can increase your body’s metabolism rate and burn more calories. If you want to burn calories and lose weight with the Pilates reformer, do aerobic exercises. Also, a healthy diet is essential for weight loss. The amount of calories that you burn should be higher than your caloric intake, so excess fats are burned and used for energy.
Increased Muscle Endurance
The springs and pulleys in the Pilates reformer create resistance. This helps in muscle strength and endurance training. Regular workouts enable your muscles to exert more force through a longer period of time. This results to improved muscle tone without looking too bulky.
Proper positioning is very important with the Pilates reformer. Focus is placed in the core, lower abdomen, and back muscles. Core muscles then contract with all movements, helping to stabilise and straighten your spine. By strengthening your core, agility, and flexibility is improved. It also reduces the risk of injury. When there is less strain placed on your joints and muscles, you can do more with less fatigue.
Pilates involves proper breathing techniques and promotes relaxation during workouts. With regular Pilates reformer exercises, you will be able to perform more activities without hyperventilating or laboured breathing. Your lungs can transmit more oxygen to the rest of your body during strenuous activities or workouts. Long term benefits include increased lung capacity and circulation.