The benefits of Reformer Pilates

Reformer Pilates is the most wonderful movement system that is endlessly beneficial for your mind and body

The magic of Reformer Pilates runs so much deeper than a flat tummy. Beyond your toned abs your body will be transformed from the inside out. You will notice the difference in how your body looks and moves, improving your alignment, posture, strength and flexibility.

The calming power of reformer pilates will clear your mind, leaving you de-stressed and relaxed, while taking your body confidence sky-high. We only get one body in a lifetime, Reformer Pilates lets us get the most out of it. Here are just some of the reasons I love Reformer Pilates.

Damyless and less,  leaving our bodies to get weak, tight and pretty creaky.

A Reformer Pilates class takes your whole body through a beautifully designed system of movement, using actions such as squatting, lunging, rotation and extension to name but a few. The aim is to get our bodies flowing again; stretching our tight spots, strengthening our weak spots, increasing our mobility and changing our neuromuscular patterns to get our bodies back into sync. After a session at Platinum Pilates, you will immediately notice how much better your body feels.

2. It strengthens our muscles
Reformer Pilates works using the resistance of springs. The resistance similar to weight training challenges your body to tone and strengthen your muscles. With an endless catalogue of exercises, you can work your arms, legs, bum and back, literally your full body.

But it doesn’t stop at a toned body, resistance training has long-lasting benefits. As we age, our muscle follows a path of degeneration where they lose strength and mass termed Sarcopenia. This has devastating consequences on our bodies, leading to muscle wastage, weakness and loss of balance and often a coinciding loss of independence.

In my other work as a Biologist, I studied the effects of Sarcopenia while researching in the Muscle Biology Lab at NUIM. The fantastic work coming from this research group and others across the world is that resistance training can prevent and even reverse the effects of sarcopenia.

So as you work out on the reformer you are not only toning your body for now but looking after it in the longterm. Especially as we live longer and longer it is really important to put in the groundwork now to live better later on.

3. It stretches us
Tight muscles are bad news. They pull on our joints and restrict our movement and are often the root cause of injuries and pain in our necks, backs, knees, hips etc. For those working in an environment where you sit for long periods in the day, it is vitally important that you keep your muscles stretched to counteract the tightness.

Similarly playing sport and working out can leave your muscles feeling tight and tender. Introducing stretching into your training will help prevent injuries, increases your range of motion and will improve your performance.

Reformer Pilates stretches your body in every plane, twisting and rotating you like never before. The springs again provide the magic to take your flexibility to the next level. They can be adjusted to cater to whatever your base level of flexibility is. So whether your goal is to touch your toes, to go for full splits or an amazing backbend you will be astounded by how much your flexibility can improve.

4. It keeps us balanced
Reformer Pilates balances us in every sense of the word.
For many of us our minds in overdrive, we are stressed, tired and feeling a little out of control. Pilates is a wonderful form of mindfulness. No stress, no worries, just time to focus on you. This time to unwind and self reflect will benefit you for hours afterwards. Notice how much happier, relaxed and at ease you feel after a class.Reformer Pilates at Clonskeagh

For your body, balance exercises are a huge part of Reformer Pilates. Think of lunges on a moving platform! Improving your balance prevents falls and injuries especially as we age and improves performance in sport and dancing. Many of the sequences in Reformer Pilates isolate one side of the body at a time to balance the work between our left and right sides. This lowers the wear and tear on our joints and keeps are bodies flowing beautifully.

5. It gives us positive body goals
Is anyone else sick of hearing about weight? Reformer Pilates allows you to change your body goals. Instead of focussing on the scales we focus on positive body goals, we aim to get one-handed planks, arabesque or full splits instead. These positive goals empower our minds and bodies, keeping us focussed and motivated leading to unbelievable results.

6. It makes us happy
This is probably the most important point. The classes are so much fun, dynamic and challenging. Although Reformer Pilates is one of the hardest workouts for your body you won’t notice the time fly by. After the session, you will feel stretched and strengthened and just amazing (very sweaty but still amazing). As your sessions build and you start to reach your goals and transform your body you can’t help but be feeling fantastic.