Reform Your Workout

Precision, specificity and repetition may all sound like very boring ingredients for a fun workout. If you are looking to have more ease and flow in your movement patterns return from an injury or, in fact, injury-proof your body, reformer Pilates may be just the deal.
Popular with dancers since its inception almost a century ago and still performed on antiquated torture chamber like machines, this form of exercise is anything but old news. Those in the know rave about how tall and aligned, how lean and strong they feel after sessions. Improvements in range of motion can often be seen even after the first session with regular practice providing more ease of movement and a feeling of being stretched-out to a lot of practitioners. For newbies, the apparatus used, the focus on correct alignment and the insistence on using your breath purposefully for every movement can often been a turn-off. But reformer Pilates can actually be easier to learn than mat Pilates or yoga and is more accessible to people learning new movement patterns or rehabbing an injury – okay, that’d be all of us then?
Correct, there are not many reasons against using the reformer – unless of course if you dislike the instructor and repetitive nature of the exercises. For all of you still reading, reformer Pilates might prove life changing. It offers plenty of options to keep exercising while injured as most exercises have a variation where the client lies down and inured areas can be stabilised while gently exercising other areas of the body or helping rebuild the area affected. These can be build from single leg extensions on light load through to exercises with a gentle stimulus for the cardiovascular system, like jumping work while lying down in preparation for a return to running. While you exercise, your instructor will be continuously examining and correcting your alignment, made easier by the reformer which allows a set-up precisely for your body’s needs.
What’s more, the reformer can help iron out incorrect movement patterns slowly by working in correct alignment and  building awareness around these as well as improving less than optimal movement patterns – for instance, when your range of movement may be restricted due to compensation post long term injury. Oftentimes, starting reformer Pilates will show up a weakness in an area of the body that we weren’t aware of but that could have led down to an injury down the track.
For those of us after a stronger workout, the reformer becomes a brilliant tool to work on technique in various planes of motion while building strength in specific muscles. The focus on and precision of the alignment improves body awareness as well as targeting any weakness in stability across several joints as you start working complex plank to down dog movement patterns or balancing lunges under load, for example. You can even mimick and improve your golf swing by working on the unstable, moving platform of the reformer under light load – re-learning how to improve your core stability in lower, middle and upper core simultaneously while building up to more explosive movements.
While a complete workout in itself, reformer Pilates is particularly useful to counteract bad posture from work or other activities, rehab injuries, get back into shape post baby and to compliment your other workouts, such as running, swimming, cycling etc. BodyMindSol currently offer your first three sessions for the price of two (starting from $190 depending on instructor and length) to give you a headstart this autumn. Offer valid until May 31st. Please email info@bodymindsol.com to book or contact 0404796247..

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