A reformer is a piece of exercise equipment that pushes your Pilates training up several notches. It will force your body to stretch harder and hold positions longer than you could doing the positions on your own. The results are quite dramatic, building muscle in places you did not even know you had muscle. Unfortunately, you should never attempt to work out on a reformer by yourself. There are several reasons why you need the assistance of a trained Pilates instructor when you use a reformer.
Reformer Exercises Require a Spotter When You Begin
You may be very excited to buy a reformer and put it in your home gym, but you will need a "spotter" for the exercises, especially if you are a beginner. Pilates training on the mat is very different from Pilates on a reformer because you have to rely a lot on your own strength on the mat but the reformer gives you several ways to work with resistance against the parts of the machine. If you do the reformer exercises incorrectly, you can injure yourself and then it will take longer for you to get back into shape to use the reformer. If you have had a couple of years' worth of Pilates training on the mat, you can go back to the mat until you are strong enough to work on the reformer again.
Pilates Instructors Have to Have Certification to Teach the Reformer Classes
Think about it for a second. If the Pilates instructor has to have certification in reformer training prior to showing you and others like you how to use the machine, what does that say about the exercises on the reformer? It means they are physically demanding and have the potential for injury. On the other hand, Pilates can make a weak body very strong and has excellent benefits for anyone who is recovering from a stroke, is weakened by seizures, or is recovering from traumatic injuries. It can speed up healing, but only if the instructor is present and can show you how the reformer's exercises are done.
You Should Not Push the Healing Process
Despite the fact that Pilates on a reformer can speed healing, you still do not want to push it. Both the instructor and your physical therapist will oversee your exercises and therapy on the machine. As you heal, the intensity of the exercises on the reformer can increase gradually. If you attempt to rush things, you may rip or tear muscles, tendons and ligaments and then you would have to return to the mat form of Pilates.
For more information about Pilates, whether on a mat or on a reformer, contact a studio like Sculpt New York LLC.