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Reformer Pilates

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What is Reformer Pilates?

When Joseph Pilates developed Pilates in the early 20th Century, he used various pieces of equipment to improve the ability of his students to be able to work out their entire body through Pilates exercises, including stretches and strengthening exercises. He called the pieces of equipment ‘apparatus’. The most well-known and popular piece of apparatus was called the Universal Reformer, which today is just known as the Reformer machine.

What is the "Reformer"?

As you can see the picture above, the Reformer machine is a metal frame which has a padded seat that we call the carriage. The carriage moves freely up and down the Reformer, it has a head rest and shoulder pads to improve comfort. There is a foot bar at one end of the Reformer that can be raised and lowered if necessary. There are also springs attached to the frame which can be used to increase tension depending on the level of resistance required for a particular exercise. Finally, there are two long ropes with loop hands attached to pulleys, they can be used for the feet or hands giving you a true full body work out. At first glance the machine can look intimidating, but once you get used to it my clients say they love it, because of the amazing stretches and muscle control they can achieve.

Reformer Pilates Classes

My Reformer Pilates classes take place in my purpose-built, air-conditioned Pilates studio. I can take a class of four, duets or 1 to 1 session on the Reformers. Reformer Pilates is suitable for everyone from beginners to advanced, whether you’re new to exercise, already fairly active, during pregnancy and postpartum. It is also suitable for those with injuries who need adaptations as well as rehabilitation. Men and women of all shapes and sizes can all take part in Reformer Pilates. The Reformer hasn’t just been designed to push you further in your stretches and really test your muscle control, it can also assist you in making the correct movements, help you engage the right muscles and support you in a movement. It really is an adaptable piece of equipment that can help everyone.

Some of the classes (dependant on teacher) are to music to create a relaxed and fun atmosphere – I can also take requests! I like you to work hard, but have fun too, the results will follow…

What should I wear?

Anything comfortable /sporty as you would when doing any exercise and a pair of grippy socks or ‘Pilates socks’

**Please note it is MANDATORY to wear grippy socks for hygiene and safety reasons – if you have not got any grippy socks we have some on sale at the studio for £10 a pair. We will not be held liable for any injuries resulting from not wearing Pilates grippy socks within the studio.

What do I need to bring?

You don’t need to bring anything to this class apart from a form of refreshment like water and a small towel if you would like. All our machines are cleaned between uses so they are safe for and clean for everyone.

Waiver information

Please read the Waiver required to be filled out for all Pilates classes.

*Please note participation in all classes is based on the agreement to the terms of the waiver.

Reformer Pilates Class Timetable

Tuesday 17:30 – 18:30

Wednesday 09:30 – 10:30, 10:45 – 11:45

Thursday 19:00 – 20:00

Friday 09:30 – 10:30, 10:45 – 11:45, 19:00 – 20:00

Customer Testimonials

Read recent reviews from some of our previous Pilates customers

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I’ve been seeing Tegan for her reformer Pilates classes. I was so nervous when I first started but Tegan has made it so easy for me to follow along and understand. It’s so rewarding to feel how much stronger and confident I get with each class, I couldn’t thank you enough Tegan!

Fantastic Reformer Pilates facilities, top of the range! Also top class teaching and classes tailored to your needs and levels! Would recommend!

I have spent years looking for a Reformer Pilates class near me. I struck gold finding Sandra’s class. She is a kind, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher. Can’t recommend enough and she rocks a great playlist.

She is the best. The end.

I have attended reformer Pilates classes with Sandra for almost a year now. I love the way it has changed my body and mind. Each class is cleverly tailored using the machines to meet my individual needs, as well as each member of the class. In every exercise I feel I am working hard and my muscles share that idea over the next few days.

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Our experienced Pilates instructors offer personalised attention and programming in private and small group sessions, working closely with you to achieve your health and fitness goals.