Group Reformer Pilates

Group Reformer Pilates Classes


What is Group Reformer Pilates all about and how does it  differ from Mat Pilates?


A common mis-conception is that we should do mat work first and then progress on to reformer or equipment based work once we are “strong enough” The fact is – its the other way around – machine work makes you specifically work so you can get stronger quicker and also then perform mat work more effectively and efficiently. Imagine trying to left two legs up off the ground with no help – then imagine having a spring and pulley system to help – this is where the reformer can assist you – and as you improve we lighten the amount of spring as you are able to move more yourself.


Here’s a picture of a reformer machine – the reformer was modified from a hospital bed which was what Joseph Pilates used when he started his method in hospitals. It comprises a moveable bed plate on a springs and pulley system that allows the user to perform specific exercises to isolate and concentrate on working a specific area of the body. It differ from mat work in that we can allow the rest of the body to be “quiet” and work only specific areas – therefore making it perfect for enhancing certain muscles , re training and strength training and also in those that are weaker – in gaining specific core strength BEFORE you do mat work.



Matwork is hard – it requires a lot of control and self awareness – you need to be able to hold certain areas still whilst moving others, or support your own body weight. Reformers allow you to stabilise and use springs to assist and help you to  move in the right manner.

In view of this we still require the right knowledge and background information to allow us to use the machines safely and effectively. Our reformer group fitness program consists of an intro to reformer package which is geared at helping to get the most out of your workout in a safe and timely manner. Group reformer Pilates classes (HILLARYS STUDIO ONLY) allow clients to get the benefits of equipment use in a class or group setting so keeping the cost lower than doing privates.


It comprises:


this teaches you the fundamentals of the Pilates Method – such as breathing, pelvic alignment, neutral spine position , correct core muscle activation, spinal movement and how to apply these priniciples correctly during the exercises.


this teaches you safe use of the reformer – it is a complex machine – you will learn what your “settings” are – that is where you need to adjust it depending on your height and strength – also how to alter it safely and quickly during class and what the different components are with the add on tools such as the box, sticks and straps. You will also learn some of the fundamental basic exercises during this class.


Once you know the basic principles of Pilates and also how to use the reformer you will then start to learn some more exercises so that you can join in our group classes safely and confidently. These classes are aimed at giving you more repertoire – although you are able to do more beginners classes if you so wish. Progress into our general group classes is at the consent of our instructors – if they feel you have enough knowledge and are safely using the equipment they will advise you when you can start booking for standard group work.


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Most of all – classes are small and you will have fun – every work out can be different and comprises over 300 different exercise variations! Plenty to not get bored!


About Saree Hewlett (135 Articles)
Saree has 20 + years as a physio, training in the UK and completing her Masters in Manual Therapy in Perth, UWA. She has integrated Pilates into her practise having trained in the Polestar method and currently owns and runs two Studios in Perth's Northern Suburbs. A previous international Artistic Skater she understands the needs of sports people and also those suffering from chronic pain and reduced function - we all want the same thing - to be the best we can be! She is married with two active young boys!

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