Reformer Pilates uses resistance training that challenges, stresses and overloads your muscles. It makes a good alternative for those who cannot abide workouts in the gym. Strength training is not just about having big muscles. In contrast to weightlifting workouts, Pilates builds strength in a way that it gives you lean and strong appearance instead of a short and bulky physique.
Pilates is an exercise method that focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility and posture. It works your several muscle groups simultaneously through smooth, continuous motion, particularly concentrating on strengthening and stabilizing the core or the powerhouse of your body.
Building Strength with Reformer Pilates
Reformer Pilates can be considered as strength training due to its resistance feature using its system of pulleys.
Attending Pilates Reformer classes allows you to do workouts using a Reformer that provides resistance to challenge and support your body. Pushing and pulling your arms and legs against the resistance of springs, carriage and body weight generally builds strength. Pilates allows you to work your muscle groups with no impact on joints. It also works your precise, small muscles in controlled ways.
Pilates conditions your core muscles. These muscles will contract with all movements to stabilize and align your spine. Having a strong core increases the effectiveness of exercises because of the ability to maintain proper alignment. Core strength boosts your ability to generate power to your muscles and lower the risk of injury.
On the Reformer, you can do a series of leg presses, arm pulls and core exercises. The Reformer machine comes in a low, bedlike equipment with a sliding carriage that moves back and forth from adjustable pulleys to add resistance for a challenging workout. This helps boost your fitness level with each workout over time.
Reformer Pilates gives you unique kind of strength. There are instances that some people who could bench press 120kg could not do a plank in a Pilates class.
Importance of Strength Training
Strength training is important for everyone. It helps you preserve and enhance your muscle mass. It also helps develop strong bones, control weight, boost stamina, manage chronic conditions and sharpen your focus.
Research has shown that strength training is safe and effective for men and women of all ages, even those who have health concerns such as heart disease or arthritis. When combined with aerobic exercise, it can have a profound impact on mental and emotional health.
Physical performance, movement control, walking speed, functional independence, cognitive abilities and self-esteem – you can get all these benefits with Pilates Reformer Classes in Lifestyle Boom.