Overview of the Pilates Reformer
What part of the reformer do you put your body on?
Hi, my name is Audrey Laurelton, owner of Equilibrium Pilates located in Montclair, NJ. I'm here for About.com today to give you an overview of the Pilates reformer. The reformer is one of the key pieces of equipment in Pilates. It allows for development of flexibility, proper alignment, and core strength. There are many types of reformers. I'm using a classic reformer, it has a metal frame where other reformers might have a wooden frame. This machine has leather straps and other ones may have ropes, but the basic functions of the different machines will be the same. Let's go over the basic pieces of the reformer. First is the footbar. It can either be in the upright position or lowered down to make room for the legs during certain exercises. Next, we have the springs. They can be hooked or unhooked into the spring bar to increase or decrease resistance for different exercises. The remainder of the resistance comes from your own body weight. There is also a gear system that can allow for adjustment for different clients based on height. The carriage is the part of the reformer that you put your body on. The carriage can be moved by ether pulling on the straps or pushing on the footbar. The carriage glides back and forth along the inside of the frame. Reformer exercises can be done sitting, lying down, kneeling, or standing on the carriage. The shoulder blocks help keep you stable during the different exercises and often times your shoulders are against the shoulder blocks, but in some exercises the shoulder blocks are used as props for the hands, feet, or knees. The straps loop around wheels at the top of the carriage and have handles at the end. The handles can be grasped to push or pull to move the carriage. For some exercises, you thread the straps through the handles in order to work with your feet in the straps. The head rest can be up or down. Although, a golden rule is whenever the feet come over the head, the head rest must be down. The box is an accessory piece of equipment used on the reformer to provide height, allowing for a greater range of motion during the long box and short box series. Thank you for watching. For more information, go to health.about.com.