The 5 things you’ll notice when doing reformer pilates

The 5 things you'll notice when doing reformer pilates

The Reformer pilates method is quickly becoming one of the most popular pilates streams around. But what makes this method different from its counterparts? 

Here are 5 things you’ll experience from your standard reformer pilates class. 

More equipment 

One thing you’ll notice about reformer pilates is that not only is there a traditional reformed bed which you’ll be doing your workout on but there’s more equipment in general that will be used to get the most out of your workout. From exercise balls to stretch bands, you’ll be using plenty of fitness gadgets to get you a deeper work out.  

Increased lean muscle 

Reformer pilates very much predicates the effects of deeper resistance that would not ordinarily come about from a traditional pilates workout. Due to this, people may find that their workouts may lead to a greater increase in muscle bulk in a shorter amount of time. These muscles are usually larger and tighter and a result of the carefully choreographed workouts created by reformer bed specialists who know how to get the most out of the equipment. 

Reduced joint pains 

While you certainly will be working up a sweat with a reformer pilates workout, you’ll find that you won’t have the same joint aches that would ordinarily come out during or after a HIIT workout. This is because reformer pilates uses less impact but still consists of enough resistance-based reps that’ll have your muscles burning in no time. This is a huge benefit to those who have experienced physical injuries and want to get back into shape without putting too much stress on vulnerable areas. 

Exceptional muscle tone

Once again, due to the resistance capabilities available on a reformer bed, users will notice an immediate improvement in muscle strength and tone. Not only will you be able to reach muscles you wouldn’t ordinarily think to strengthen but you’ll do so in a way that intensifies the workout, getting you visible results in a greater measure. 

Better posture and stronger core 

Another great benefit of reformer pilates classes is that you’ll experience better posture and a stronger core as a result. Not only do your muscles get strengthened but they’re worked out in such a way that your posture is enhanced and your core is built up in an upright position. Better posture not only helps your back strength but adds an illusion of greater height. 

Find out more about Pinnacle Health’s Reformer pilates classes

If these benefits have piqued your interest, get in touch with the team at Pinnacle Health today! Our team of fitness specialists can help you navigate through the world of pilates and help curate the perfect session to get you on track to your fitness goals.

From reformer bed to the traditional method, Pinnacle Health will get you where you need to be to help you smash your fitness goals. 

The Ultimate Studio Member: Hear from Chris


In the lead up to the launch of our brand new studio locations in June, we wanted to celebrate some of our existing studio members and showcase how they mix up their training each week to keep them motivated.

Chris is a local to the Upwey area and a busy family man juggling 4 kids, his job as a UAT coordinator and his training. Chris and his wife Charmaine have been members at our Upwey studio for 2 years now and can often be seen in our Wellness studio doing a Pilates class together.

We sat with Chris to understand his training and what keeps him motivated:

“I train to be the best that I can be. As a young adult I was active but overweight and I had developed bad habits and unhappy with how I looked. Overtime, I have found that by changing little things with diet and lifestyle can really make a healthier and happier person.”

Chris is a man of routine! A normal week for Chris consists of running, 2 x Pilates sessions, 1 x Locker Room class plus a slower Yoga  class to ensure he gets enough variety to stay interested.

Chris’ typical training week schedule:

Monday: Depending on my mood (and the weather!) I will either go for a run or a reformer Pilates class.

Tuesday: 6am Hot Pilates for a good stretch.

Wednesday: Time for an endorphins fulled FIT50 Locker Room class

Thursday: Team running session with the Eastern Masters running club.

Friday: Rest Day! I get to enjoy a sleep in 🙂

Saturday: A sleep in and a restorative Yang Yin Yoga class to start off the weekend.

Sunday:  I usually try and make time for a long leisurely run.

Goal setting is a big motivational factor for Chris and he is facing the biggest goal yet by training to qualify for the Boston Marathon but rewarding himself is equally as motivating.

“What is the point of setting a goal if you can’t reward yourself? And I think a holiday to the US is a pretty good reward ”

Motivation can be hard when you train by yourself as there is no one to keep you accountable and also make it fun!

“I find exercise much easier and more fun by having someone to do it with. My wife Charmaine and I often train together and I have recently joined some running groups as we all keep each other motivated.”

“Success is not about winning, It’s about getting the best out of yourself”

Interested in finding out more about our latest studios? Find out more here

5 Benefits of Training with a Friend

We all know how hard it can be to motivate yourself to complete a workout on your own- so here’s 5 reasons why it pays off to train with a friend.

Someone has your back (literally) Chances are you’re not hitting your PB or increasing your weights because there’s no one spotting you. You think you can lift more, but do you risk it? Bring a friend along and you can both rotate and spot each other and push each other.

It’s a great way to socialise Work/study commitments can always get in the way of time with friends so why not combine your weekly catch up with a workout? Catching up with friends at the gym also establishing positive habits and saves you money! You can set a target A competitive streak can be a healthy way to push yourself and your gym partner. Set the pace and see who takes home the win!

You can share like-minded goals There’s nothing better than a team effort- sharing like-minded goals ensures you to stay on track and you can always share tips on how to improve your performance!

Added motivation is your best friend! There’s no time for excuses when it comes to training with a friend- hold each other accountable for your workout routine and you’ll be smashing your fitness goals in no time!  

Mitch’s Game-Changing Journey!

Mitch is a familiar face for many at Pinnacle Scoresby and we were blown away by his 28 Day Game Changer results last year.  Here are some of his top tips for anyone still unsure as to how a change in your training can allow you to see some amazing results.

For many of us, doing our own thing in the gym a couple of times a week doesn’t result in us feeling our best. A little extra guidance, motivation and fun environment is all it takes for us to push ourselves that little bit extra!

Mitch was feeling this around 2 years ago when he first joined us at Pinnacle…

“I starting working a desk job in the local area and was a member of a conventional gym but was still feeling unhappy, unfit and unmotivated so after paying a visit to Pinnacle Scoresby, I quickly changed as the vibe of the club alone had me hooked!

I was encouraged by the coaches to get involved in the 28 Day Game Changer as a great way to help get a tatse of a different style of training. It was time to break my bad habits of limited exercises and bad diet. The Game Changer helped initiate breaking this cycle. I was so used to doing my own thing that it was time to try something different and I haven’t looked back since.

The 28 Day Game Changer was such an achievable goal. 4 weeks to give it your all- that;s it! The whole time you can see the end in sight. It makes it easier to stick to the diet and training. The trainers are a great support network and the nutritional advice is so beneficial.

What did Mitch do after his 28 days?? I absolutely love attending the club and the Locker Room sessions – the coaches have provided me with constant encouragement, guidance and a bit of a push when I needed it – I honestly cannot thank them enough. I walk out the Pinnacle doors dripping in sweat after every visit; I am as healthy, happy and strong as I have been in a long time and that’s only going to continue.

Honestly, joining Pinnacle was on the of the best decision I have ever made.”

If you are looking to make a change to your fitness routine like Mitch, you can register for our upcoming 28 Day Game Changer here!

It all kicks off Monday 11 February- don’t forget to get in early as registration closes 7 February.

Meet Dan: May Ambassador

During our last 12 Week Challenge, Daniel Watts, 30, reduced his body fat by a whopping 10% and was the overall body transformation winner! An absolute crowd fave, Dan also took home the People’s Choice Award. We’re thrilled to announce him as our May Ambassador and love the energy he brings to every gym session. 

Here’s some insight into how he has achieved such greatness and his advice for anyone seeking similar results…

How long have you been a member of Pinnacle Health Club?
14 months.

What was the starting point for you?
Joining the Pinnacle 12 Week Challenge gave me something to focus on and a goal to work towards.

What results have you achieved since becoming a Pinnacle member? 
I’ve lost 10kg, reduced body fat by 10%, increased muscle mass, participated in the 12 week challenge, drastically improved my fitness, increased energy levels, improved self esteem and made some awesome friends!

What are the 3 main changes you made to achieve these results?
I have exercised more, drastically changed my diet and changed my overall attitude towards my health – I’ve made it a priority!

What challenges have you faced along the way and how have you overcome these?
I was feeling lethargic, out of shape and lacking the confidence to get to the gym, but then I discovered Results Training at Pinnacle! The team training sessions are great because of all the other people in the group motivating and supporting one another. As I started feeling good over time – due to regular exercise and the awesome atmosphere in the gym – the things that were holding me back became a distant memory.

What have you learnt along the way?
That it’s actually not hard to lead a healthy active lifestyle. You might have to push yourself to make a change in the beginning but one you find what you love, it’s easy to stick to a regular regime. For me, MMA sessions are as fun as they are high intensity so I enjoy coming to the gym for them. Plus the Coach’s encouragement helps you to both reach new heights as well as stay motivated if you’re having an ‘off’ day.

What has been your proudest moment to date?
My change in body fat and positive attitude to training. I actually look forward to going to the gym again and that’s changed my life dramatically.

Looking back over the last 11 months, what have been your favourite moments in the gym?
Definitely the friends I have made along the way – they help keep me focused and determined but also make every workout fun. The changes in my body composition feel pretty damn good too!

What’s your advice for someone in your old shoes?
Get to the gym! The sooner you start, the sooner you will see results. Of course it takes time but if you are committed you will get the results you want and hey, you might even surprise yourself by winning a challenge or something along the way! With a good gym and good people around you, it’s easy to achieve your goals. You just have to be willing to knuckle down and do the work.

After achieving so much in such a small time, do you have any new goals on the horizon? 
I’m working towards completing a triathlon in January and running a half marathon later this year.

… we have no doubt you’ll achieve all of this and more Dan and are so glad you chose Pinnacle as your health and fitness partner!

*Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and/or muscle gain over an extended period of time.