Pilates is the safest and most efficient exercise method invented by Joseph Pilates in the early 1910’s. Since then, this exercise has been a great option for the people who want to create a good balance between their body and mind. The exercise is done with the machines. Reformer, chair, Cadillac, mat, arc, barrel, tower, physioball, circle, ped-o-bull and bosu are some the pilates equipment and tools that are used in pilates classes to strengthen muscles and maintain a symmetrical and revitalized body.
When it comes to going for pilates, it is done on the mat as well as machine. Pilates Reformer is the most common type of equipment that increases flexibility, builds strength, and develops proper alignment and posture. This machine is seen as the central attraction of all reformer group classes as it is used by people of all ages and sizes. The reformer is a great tool for doing a wide variety of exercises in different positions including sitting, standing, kneeling or lying down.
An ideal reformer should have specific characteristics such as a strong frame made of wood, aluminum, steel or composite materials, sliding platform with mat, soft rollers, elastic cords, pulleys, ropes, headrest, straps, foam pads, padded cushion, non-slip frame caps, foot bar, wheels and an optional stand.
Regular use of the pilates reformer helps you gain:
Slender and longer muscles.
Strong chest and shoulders.
Better mind-body coordination
Improved biceps and triceps.
Slimmer thighs and hips.
Refined breathing patterns.
Interestingly, these exercises can be done by anyone, regardless of their size, age or sex. With it, you can control your body movements, develop abdominal muscles, prevent injury, improve balance and overall functioning of the body, improve blood circulation, relax muscles and boost your energy level. Moreover, it can make a real difference to the way you get quick relief from your back, hip and knee problems in an amicable manner. It keeps you healthy and in shape so that you can revitalise your life and shoo the stress away with happiness.
There is an array of pilates machines available in the markets, which come with a variety of attachments for making safe and effective workouts. If you are purchasing a reformer, make sure you give proper attention to the length, width, height, and weight of the machine. Also, consider the height of mat, foot bar and small platform. To get desired results from the machine, you can also opt for padded foot bar, standing platform, pair of cotton loops and risers with adjustable pulleys.