The Pilates Reformer Machine was invented by Pilates Founder – “Joseph Hubertus Pilates”.
When Joseph was interned during World War 1 with other German Nationals, he originally rigged springs to hospital beds so they could exercise against resistance.
During Joseph’s time here, he practiced his Pilates exercises and resistance work on other internees and further refined his ideas from his system of exercise.
The Pilates Reformer is a flat, bed type frame with a carriage that rolls back and forward on wheels built within its frame. The movement can be controlled by a set of springs that provide different levels of resistance and can also operate on a cable pulley system.
You can work your arms, legs, abdominals, back, chest, shoulders etc., with or without the cable pulley system. It is a wonderful way to exercise from the extension of Pilates Mat exercises.
You can be lying down on your back or stomach or side, or standing, kneeling or sitting on the Reformer for various exercises.
Just like Pilates Mat exercises the Reformer challenges the body in all sorts of positions, further challenging the balance, co-ordination, alignment and stability of the body.
The Pilates Reformer can challenge your balance and core strength whilst strengthening the muscles or stretching or toning the body, depending on your goal.