Joseph Pilates developed his signature Reformer in the middle of the 20th Century. Almost a century has past since his initial innovation, and throughout the decades, the fitness industry has seen a diversity of high-tech advancements in equipment design. Still, few machines can compete with the versatility of the Pilates Reformer. This all-in-one apparatus accommodates over 200 exercises for every part of the body, as well as an additional 200 modifications.
Novices who take their first Clinical Pilates session might say to themselves, that was interesting, but where will I go from here? The possibilities are endless. Here’s a glimpse of what your Pilates future holds in store for you.
Secrets of the Pilates Reformer Carriage
Set on rails, the Pilates reformer carriage glides back and forth. A series of springs controls the resistance level, and but less, as theysay, is often more. Watch out! If your Clinical Pilates Practitioner removes the springs, he or she is not necessarily making the exercise easier. In some cases, a spring free carriage delivers a daunting balance and stability challenge. The same applies to the carriage stopping mechanism. Increasing the exercise range of motion usually makes the exercise harder.
Caveat:When Clinical Pilates instructors identify a weaker section of one of your muscle groups, they might have you work through a shorter range of motion. This presents a different type of challenge. Additionally, the height of the foot-bar – used for hand or feet placement – also affects the degree of difficulty.
Thinking On Top of the Box
The box increases the range of motion of the basic Pilates Reformer exercises. As such, it requires advanced levels of strength and flexibility. The box adds a new realm of challenge to supine abdominal exercises, such as the already grueling tree and the teaser. Instead of beginning in a flat position, you initiate these exercises with your spine in a hyper-extended position. The first transition from hyper-extension to neutral demands a powerful core. Continuing on to spinal flexion is even more challenging. The same challenges apply to oblique exercises, including the twist and the sidebend. When positioned on the box, your waist must laterally flex through an increased range of motion. Your Clinical Pilates instructor will assign these variations once you have reached an advanced level of strength and flexibility.
The Joys of Jump Board Training
The Pilates jump board introduces skipping, jumping, hopping and leaping movements from a supine or side-lying position. These exercises require phenomenal core and leg strength, meticulous postural alignment and sterling Pilates technique. Often described as supine plyometrics, the athletic jump board series incorporates single leg jumping, jogging, jumping jacks and prancing.
Stand Up and Work Harder
The standing reformer routine demands strength and balance. You’ll perform many of these exercises with one foot on the foot bar, and the the other foot on the moving carriage. These weight-bearing exercises increase bone density and prevent osteoporosis.
So you see, you have a lot to look forward to!!
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