What is a Reformer?

The Pilates reformer is a traditional piece of Pilates equipment which looks like a bed with springs, a sliding carriage, ropes and pulleys. The origins of the Pilates reformer date back to WW1 when Joseph Pilates experimented by attaching springs to hospital beds, so that patients could start toning their muscles even while they were still bed-bound. In their early incarnation the Pilates reformer was shaped like a sliding bed and used springs as resistance.

Reformer Pilates is similar yet very different to mat based Pilates. Reformer Pilates is done using the Pilates reformer machine and is can be more intense and more dynamic than mat based Pilates as it adds resistance to the Pilates exercises via the use of the springs which form part of the machine called the reformer!


The Reformer Pilates repertoire of exercises available is vast providing much variety. The exercises usually work muscles through a large range of motion which is ideal for building core strength, building & toning muscles as well increasing stability through the joints.

Reformer Pilates can also be used as a sport specific cross training tool. Reformer Pilates works on core stabilisation which