FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Reformer Pilates?
The origins of Reformer Pilates date back to the original pilates studio in New York in the 1920’s and was designed by Joseph Pilates. The reformer uses springs, pulleys, bars and straps to perform hundreds of exercises in a variety of positions to target very specific and stabilising muscle groups.
As quoted by Joseph Pilates himself (the founder of the Pilates Method) – “Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit”.
How does it work?
Reformer Pilates aims to target each individual muscle group in isolation, working from the abdominals and core, through to arms, glutes, legs and back. The exercises performed within the class change on a daily basis, placing the muscles under altering loads. This is an ideal technique for building and toning muscles and giving an all-over body workout. By adding spring resistance as well as light hand weights during some exercises, we will ensure you experience a total body workout. You will feel a muscle burn like you’ve never experienced before!
How often should you do Reformer Pilates?
Unlike some other physical activities, Reformer Pilates can be done on a daily basis. It is gentle enough that it won’t tear muscles, yet challenging enough to keep you motivated. There are hundreds of movements and exercises on the reformer so you will feel your workouts targeting your body from all different angles. Even if you can only come to Pilates once a week, it will assist in strengthening weakened areas and help promote strength, flexibility and balance.
Who can do Reformer Pilates?
Pilates is low-impact and suitable for all ages and abilities (from beginners to athletes). The added benefit of doing the exercises on the reformer is that you can adjust the level of intensity to suit your own body; thus allowing each person to obtain an overall body workout at minimal risk of injury, and within your own limits. Our video workout system will guide you through each workout with a video demonstration of each exercise. All of our classes have a qualified instructor to provide specific technique correction and adjustment to each individual.
What do I need to bring?
Socks! It is mandatory that all classes be performed in socks for safety and hygiene reasons. Non-slip socks are also available for purchase in your studio. We also recommend you bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated.
What do I need to wear?
Wear comfortable exercise attire to your class, keeping in mind that you may have your legs in an open position for some of the exercises. Boys, if wearing rugby or footy shorts – please wear some skins underneath.
I have an injury, can I still do Pilates?
The Reformer is a great way to start exercising following a sports injury or any form of rehabilitation. The focus on postural work and muscle imbalances during class will help your spinal alignment, keep muscles conditioned, and with continued practice will help decrease the risk of future injuries.
I’m not very flexible?
That’s completely ok. Not only will you strengthen and slim down from doing Reformer Pilates, you’ll also get more flexible. Being more flexible will assist in reducing stiffness and soreness in the body, as well as aid to get long, lean muscles.
Core strength and abdomen muscles?
The core of the body is broadly considered to be the torso. Functional movements are highly dependent on this part of the body, and a lack of core muscular development can result in a predisposition to injure. The major muscles of the core reside in the area of the stomach and mid and lower back and peripherally include the hips, the shoulders and the neck.
PILATES EMPORIUM ETIQUETTE
Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your class start time. When you arrive at the studio, your instructor may be instructing a class. Please have a seat in the waiting area and your instructor will welcome you in once it is time to start.
WHAT DO I NEED TO WEAR AND BRING?
Please ensure you wear comfortable exercise clothing to your class, keeping in mind that you may have your legs in an open position for some of the exercises. Boys, if wearing rugby or footy shorts – please wear some skins underneath.
It is also mandatory that all classes be performed in socks for safety and hygiene reasons. Non-slip socks are also available for purchase in your studio. We also recommend you bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated.
CANCELLATION POLICY DETAILS
Pilates Emporium has a Courtesy Policy requiring 12 hours’ notice for a cancellation from any pilates class. Any Pilates class cancelled within 12 hours of the class time will be charged at full rate.