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Investing in the Pilates Reformer

Pilates has become a popular exercise program the world over. By working through a series of controlled movements, Pilates can help those who practise it to improve their strength, build flexibility, develop balance and improve other aspects of their fitness. Differing significantly from yoga, Pilates uses distinctive techniques, while relying on various types of equipment, such as the Pilates Reformer.

What is the Pilates Reformer?

A Pilates Reformer is one of the most important types of apparatus required to do Pilates exercises properly. Made up of a carriage that sits on top of a frame, this carriage can roll forward and backward on top of a series of wheels. Connected to a set of springs that attach to one side of the frame, these springs allow different types of resistance for a variety of exercises.

A Pilates Reformer has an adjustable foot bar on one end, with shoulder rests mounted on the carriage. There are also straps that connect to the top of the frame, which allow users to move the carriage with their legs or arms. A Pilates Reformer exercises muscles through resistance, utilising the user's own bodyweight, as well as its springs. This resistance can be adjusted to suit different exercises, while also being adjusted to varying heights.

How can a Pilates Reformer help?

The Pilates Reformer is a key apparatus used within Pilates, which means it can be used in a variety of ways. These exercises can condition the body and help to boost endurance, strength, balance, flexibility and coordination. There have also been some studies which link Pilates with lower back pain relief. With a highly trained instructor, a Pilates Reformer may provide the help you need to get fit and healthy, toned and flexible.

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