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By Katie Moise PT, DPT 

The reformer is an apparatus that is utilized to perform Pilates method exercises to promote lengthening, strengthening, flexibility and balance. The reformer has a moving apparatus, called the carriage, that can be connected to a variety of spring resistances.

The springs are there to either resist or assist you in performing the movements safely and efficiently. Surprisingly, adding more spring resistance does not always make the exercise harder!

The reformer has an adjustable foot bar that can be used with your feet on the bar in a variety of positions. You can also place your hands on the bar for a sequence of plank exercises as well as a variety of other exercises. There are also straps attached to the back of the reformer that can be used for your arms and legs.

The goal of some exercises is to keep the carriage still while with others you are moving the carriage either by pulling on the straps or pushing and pulling on the footbar. Many of the exercises performed on the reformer can also be performed without equipment on a mat. You can perform exercises on the reformer on your back, stomach, seated, kneeling and standing allowing for a full body workout.  The reformer is a unique piece of equipment that allows you to optimize your workout out while performing each exercise with efficient use of your muscles.

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