What is Reformer Pilates?

Have you heard of reformer Pilates but you are actually not sure what it is and why every is talking about it? Even though Reformer Pilates have been around for decades, it a relatively recent addition to a lot of peoples’ health & fitness routines and the buzz word for many given its range of benefits.

Hear from Emma, Pinnacle Wellness founder as she takes you through the different elements of a reformer class and shows how the different elements work together to create the ultimate full body workout.

“Sometimes the reformer can look like a pretty scary contraption, trust me you are not the first person to not know what bit does what!”

So what is the Reformer and how does this add to your workouts?

Adjust Your Resistance
Reformers have different levels of resistance springs, allowing you to adjust your workout to your fitness level or even to how you are feeling on the day!  Remember, more resistance doesn’t necessarily mean a harder workout, you can improve your practice with less resistance but more control.

Extra Support

Technique is so important in Pilates to avoid injury and maximise every exercise. The reformer acts as your support with the ability to utilise the front platform and bar to regain your balance if needed.

Adding a Little Extra with Straps

Just like the springs, the straps are there to add that little extra and can be used in lots of different ways improve your workout from adding more resistance to exercises focussed on balance and breathing.

Add a little more with TRX & Barre

Adding a bit more to your class away from the reformer helps to keep things fun and add that next challenge to your workout. The latest trend on reformer Pilates utilising apparatus like the barre and TRX improves balance and target smaller muscle groups to feel that burn!

“ Our wonderful instructors are on hand to show you step by step and encourage you to start slowing until you start to feel more confident and stronger. You will be a reformer Pilates expert in no time.”

Our latest Reformer Pilates studios is opening in June 2019 at Pinnacle Scoresby & Oakleigh. To find out more about our studio, click here

Love,

Emma Stallworthy xx

Pinnacle Wellness Founder

Meet Marianne, Pinnacle Ambassador

Marianne Bateman (54), has been a member of Pinnacle Scoresby for longer than she can actually recall! During this time she’s celebrated many triumphs but like most people has faced several hurdles, including a diagnosis of hypertension and diabetes. One thing that has remained consistent throughout is her great sense of humour! When asked what advice she’d give someone in her old shoes, Marianne replied “If even an old bag like me can do it, there’s really no excuse for anyone to not get to the gym!” Read on to discover the full story of our beloved Marianne’s journey at Pinnacle Health Club…

What are you most proud of during your times as a Pinnacle Scoresby Member?
I’ve become fitter and lost quite a bit of weight – 20kgs last year in fact!

What main changes attributed to these results?
Trying to come to the gym consistently and make it a lifestyle change, not a fad. I’ve also found mixing up my workouts with the help of the Pinnacle Coaches has rejuvenated my love for exercise, and eating less carbs has helped with the weight loss.

What has been your greatest challenge and how have you overcome it?
I lack confidence and worry about being judged but am learning to push negative thoughts aside. Being a part of Pinnacle Scoresby and working with the coaches to achieve my goals is definitely helping build my confidence.

Your proudest moment to date?
Reducing my sugar levels since the beginning of this year.

What keeps you motivated?
The end goal! I try to focus on how much better I will feel if I just keep going.

What have you learnt about yourself along the way?
Perhaps I’m fitter and stronger than I actually think.

How has Pinnacle Health Club helped in this journey?
Along with just being a friendly and welcoming club, the Coaches and group fitness instructors push me harder than I would ever push myself while at the same time encouraging me on. Positive text messages and reminders also make me feel like I’m important and not just another number.

What have been your favourite moments in the gym?
I love a good chat with the other gym members but the feeling of getting through a tough session – when I’ve had my doubts – is hard to beat!

What are you working towards now?
Getting rid of the last 15kgs