6 Top Tips for a Successful Reformer Pilates Workout

Jan 16, 2017

What makes Reformer Pilates different is its focus on muscle toning using springs, bands, or your own body weight. Pilates can be a great addition to your health and fitness routines.

There are some things to consider when doing Reformer Pilates for a surefire success, rewarding you with improved strength, flexibility, great posture, and faster recovery from injuries and physical limitations.

Consider these tips for a successful Reformer Pilates workout:

1. Wear Comfortable Clothing

Wear something that allows you to move freely. In Reformer Pilates, you’ll be using full range of motion, so you might want to ditch non-stretchable clothing. Also, avoid clothes that are too revealing as you’ll do exercises in various positions.

No socks or shoes too. You should have bare feet.

2. Exercise with Correct Posture

A correct posture helps you avoid injury when exercising. Also, not only you’ll tend to carry it when you train, you’ll also bring it outside your fitness regime.

Here are some examples:

Pull your shoulders slightly back if you have rounded shoulders. When you’re standing, rest your hands against the side of your hips. If your hands are placed on your thighs it means your shoulders are slumping forwards. It also makes you look slimmer as it minimises spillage at the side of your top straps.

Tuck your ribcage.  Whatever your pose is, you want to avoid your ribcage flaring. Better slide them down towards your hips. This helps engage your abdominals and it’ll be easier to strengthen them.

3. Keep Yourself Flexible

One of the essences of a youthful body is muscle flexibility. If you are flexible, it makes you feel young (no matter what your age is). It also allows you to perform exercises to the fullest without worrying about pulling a muscle as they are more elastic.

4. Take It Nice and Slow

Reformer Pilates isn’t a race, so there’s no point in speeding up. When you speed up, your movement changes and becomes incorrect. Slowing down helps correct bad form. And if your movements are slower, your exercises become more demanding. The slower you do exercises, the harder you work your muscles out.

Don’t forget to rest between your exercises as it maximises momentum. But of course, limit your breaks.

5. Alternate Body Parts

If you are working on the right, switch to the left. If you are working on your upper body, switch to your lower body. This way, you’ll ensure that everything is balanced and worked out.

In addition, your blood has to travel well throughout your body. It helps increase your heart rate and metabolism, which in turn burns more calories.

And don’t forget to keep your core working. Reformer Pilates is about your powerhouse. So always engage your core muscles even when you’re exercising other body parts.

6. Breathe

Respiration plays a role in health and fitness. Your body needs oxygen to burn calories. Good breathing promotes good circulation and body detoxification. Breathe by inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your nose. You’re engaging your abs while doing this.

Bonus Tip!

Choose a Reformer Pilates instructor who has extensive experience or associated with a physiotherapist. Your instructor should educate you about Pilates principles and help you focus on these as you perform each exercise. A good Pilates instructor is someone who makes sure your workout is successful.
If you have always wanted to join Reformer Pilates classes in Perth, but aren’t sure what to expect, feel free to talk to us at 92727359!