What is a Reformer?
A Reformer looks something like a bed. It has a carriage that moves, with ropes, straps, pulleys and springs that offer resistance.
The first time I saw a Reformer was when I walked into a fully equipped Pilates Studio in Johannesburg. I literally could not believe what I was seeing. The “machines” looked like something out of another century, something out of a torture chamber, old fashioned and prehistoric. It was frightening and intimidating.
At Pilates with a View we use the STOTT PILATES V2 Max Plus™ Reformer. The V2 Max Plus offers limitless exercise possibilities. It is a one-of-a-kind unit. It is in fact a standard Reformer, a virtual Cadillac (another piece of Pilates equipment) and a breakthrough multi-planar, biomechanics training tool.
With an increased range of motion the V2 Max Plus™ Reformer becomes the premier tool for Pilates based sport-specific, rehab and cross-training movement. This unit’s innovative vertical frame pulley system and exclusive retractable rope system replicates the free, multi-dimensional movements of daily life. This machine offers a wide range of exercise options to expand sport-specific programming with a full range of motion for overhead throws.
What can I expect from a Reformer Class?
STOTT PILATES Reformer work, like the matwork, is a repertoire of exercises made up of the Essential, Intermediate and the Advanced Reformer work.
Once again the Five Basic Principles of STOTT PILATES are applied to each and every exercise as in the matwork.
The Reformer is more of an opportunity to do various movements through the arms and legs while stabilizing through the torso in either a lying, sitting, kneeling or standing position.
With the V2 Max Plus Reformer we are able to include so many more exercises than just the Essential, Intermediate and Advanced Reformer exercises.
We are able to include most of the Cadillac exercises except for those that require the use of the overhead bars (called horizontals) of the Cadillac.
The additional pulleys on the vertical frame also allow for an endless amount of exercises that are adapted specifically for the V2 Max Plus™ Reformer. There is never a dull moment, rather constant challenges to keep us stimulated!
Modifications are included where necessary to accommodate certain weaknesses, address specific injuries and body types, as well as to make the exercises more challenging. Props are also added to Reformer workouts.
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