The Basics of the Pilates Reformer Denver

The practice of Pilates has traditionally consisted of floor exercises involving the use of mats. For more than fifty years, Pilates has provided tremendous health and fitness benefits for thousands of people. While the floor exercises continue to be popular, Pilates has evolved to a whole new level with the development of the Pilates reformer. This amazing apparatus has entered the fitness mainstream.

The Pilates reformer had its beginnings during World War I when Joseph Pilates, founder of the Pilates system, was detained as an enemy alien. During this detainment, Joseph devised a system of springs and pulleys and attached them to hospital beds to give confined patients the ability to exercise. It was this innovation that led to the modern design of the Pilates reformer Denver.

Pilates Reformer

A multipurpose machine, the Pilates reformer consists of a movable carriage on a bed-like stationary frame, resistance springs, and pulleys. The adjustability of the reformer allows versatility for performing exercises sitting, standing, and lying down. Body weight, in combination with the tension of the springs, provides a progressive workout. The Pilates workout executed on the reformer is effective in increasing one’s strength, flexibility, length, and balance.

Portable designs have increased the availability of reformers for home use. However, in order to prevent injury and to reap the full benefits of using the Pilates reformer, it is highly recommended that training be completed under the personal guidance of a Pilates fitness instructor. The design of the reformer has been refined and expanded over the years, but the Classic Pilates reformer remains the favorite in the well-equipped Pilates studio.