7 Things to Always Do in Reformer Pilates Class

Pip Jarvis
Refomer Pilates class

Whether you’re just discovering the joys of Reformer Pilates or a long-time devotee, a new year is the perfect time to remind yourself of some of the dos and don’ts. As well as ensuring your back and neck are protected and keeping you safe from injury, these essential steps will enable you to get the most from your workout. Easy to do and simple to remember, here are seven things to always do in Reformer Pilates class!

1. Listen to your Pilates Instructor

While you might want to keep up with the rest of the class, it’s important to work within your own limits and at your own pace. Form is crucial in Pilates, so never substitute the perfect C-curve to race through reps. Not only will you miss the benefits of an exercise, you’ll put yourself at risk of unnecessary injury.

2. Work at your own Pace

While you might want to keep up with the rest of the class, it’s important to work within your own limits and at your own pace. Form is crucial in Pilates, so never substitute the perfect C-curve to race through reps. Not only will you miss the benefits of an exercise, you’ll put yourself at risk of unnecessary injury.

3. Use Your Breath

It’s easy to hold your breath when you’re concentrating or working hard, but remember that breathwork is a foundation of the Pilates method. The correct use of breath helps to initiate movement, prevent tension and engage the right muscles, while increasing your range of motion. In Reformer Pilates, you will therefore be instructed when – and how – to inhale and exhale, coordinating your breath with each exercise.

4. Tune into your Body

While challenging yourself and testing your physical limits is generally a good thing – and the key to progress – don’t ignore any pain or real discomfort. Nobody knows your body like you do, not even your Pilates teacher. So, make sure you’re tuned into your body and listen to any warning bells.

If something doesn’t feel right, stop immediately. Tell your instructor and they will be able to advise on any necessary adjustments to the exercise.

5. Dress for Comfort & Movement

You’ll likely work up a bit of a sweat in a Reformer Pilates class, so dress in comfortable, breathable clothing, like a fitted singlet with moisture-wicking tights. As you’ll probably be moving through inverted positions, try to avoid loose t-shirts which can get in the way. Instead, stick with stretchy, form-fitting fabrics that won’t hinder your movements.

6. Wear Grippy Socks

While you can go barefoot on a Reformer, socks are a requirement in most studios. For starters, they’re hygienic – helping to prevent the spread of fungal foot infections. Grippy socks in particular also help to provide stability on a moving carriage.

7. Embrace the Shake

Quivering like a leaf? Don’t fight the Pilates shake – embrace it! Whether it’s your inner thighs during legs in straps or your abs during those dreaded 100s, shaking in Pilates is a sign of muscle fatigue. And it’s part and parcel of becoming stronger!

While it’s common among beginner Pilates students, and can be a bit disconcerting, even Pilates pros get the shakes. One great thing about Reformer Pilates? There are a number of variations for each exercise, meaning you can up the intensity – and bring back the shake factor – as you progress.

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