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Why I Can’t Get Enough of Reformer Pilates

Mainly because it involves a lot of lying down…

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I mentioned a couple of week’s ago how I’ve spiced up my workout routine a little (see this post). It was part of my New Year’s Resolutions actually to take up Reformer Pilates again and it only took me until February to put my plans into action. That’s pretty good going, right? Well I’m finally back into the swing of doing it twice a week and I’m loving it. In fact I would say that it’s currently my favourite form of exercise and I promise that it’s not just because it involves a lot of lying down – don’t be fooled people!

I’ll always have a special place in my Reformer, ever since I did it back in London. The price of the classes were seriously eye-watering, but I enjoyed that it combined a class taken at a slow pace, varied moves which gave an all-over workout and sore muscles the next morning. I like to sweat and feel like I’ve had a real workout and this ticks off all those boxes. It’s for that reason why I also enjoy Hot Yoga (hello sweat!) and lifting weights (I sweat to the point that I look like I’ve had a shower) too. Now I must admit that I’ve yet to try a mat pilates class (do I need to give it a go or once you go Reformer you never go back?), but sliding around on the spring-held board is just quite fun.

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If you’ve never tried it before and have no idea what I’m going on about then check out this post here that outlines the advantages, history and just about everything else you could ever want to know about Reformer. All the moves are performed on a sliding bed-type base that’s secured with springs and has ropes and pulleys that you can adjust and hook your feet or hands into. The springs create various levels of resistance which is why I like it, it’s that added weight that really brings on the sweat.

Combined with the other exercise I do it fits in with my goals perfectly. Hot Yoga gives me a good stretch, weights build my strength and this does a bit of both. I have horrible posture and these classes remind me to straighten up a bit, sit tall and pull my shoulders down from round my ears. The fact that exercises here are equally weighted on both sides of the body stops you cheating and putting the emphasis on you stronger side – it basically helps to even you out. It’s also is seriously awesome for core strength which is something that I unfortunately lack in (Hello abs! Are you in there?). After every session my mid-section kills the next day, but each time I revisit for another class the core-based exercises feel a little steadier and I feel stronger when I’m performing them.

Exercising whilst laying down. So genius. I’ve signed on to two weekly classes at Brighton Pilates Studio (big love to the guys there for letting Lauren and I loose in the studio to take these photos). I do an early morning class that tends to be more techniques-based, slower based and feels like I’m being woken up slowly in the womb (yes, it’s still dark outside – it’s real early). Then I do a lunchtime one that’s fast-paced and where sweat starts to trickle down my double chin about 3 minutes in. I like doing the two together, they compliment each other nicely. One’s soothing and the other sweaty. The perfect pair.

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Look at that face! I look drunk happy because I love it so much! Anyone given it a go? Love it as much as I do? Should I give the mat version a try too? Oh and I know what else I was going to say, I had some comments on my leggings in the last post where I wore them and yes, they’re the Sweaty Betty Urdhva Reversible Yoga Leggings and they’re printed on the other side with this amazingly whacky tropical print. They’re also super comfy and fit nice and high on the waist. Would definitely recommend.

Photos by Lauren Shipley


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  • This looks like so much fun! I wish I could get into fitness the way you have! 🙂

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  • I love reformer pilates – I notice such a difference after just a couple of classes! I’d definitely recommend Ten Pilates in London, it’s my favourite studio! Steph x
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  • ella ryder

    I’m dying to try reformer pilates! And also not just because you do it lying down haha. One of those machines on QVC always has me tempted…if only I had the room!

    Ella xx

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  • I really want to try this, I had no idea they had studios in the UK! x

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  • I’m trying to find ways to shake up my workout routine, and this looks really interesting! Thanks for sharing!
    -Maddy
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  • Maggie

    I have heard amazing things about this workout! Im glad to see you like it too!

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  • I’ve heard this is meant to be really good, love that it involves lying down too haha x

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  • The mat version did bore me to death, probably because it is so easy to be cheating. I must try the Reformer version, I need some help in the posture department.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Emily

    Ahh! Completely agree, I’ve been obsessed with Reformer classes since my mom introduced me to it when I was 14. She’s been doing it for ages and I can totally see why. I love the stretch + soreness the next day 🙂 The price can be outrageous, but recently I’ve been finding Reformer classes on Classpass, which seems to make it more of a bargain!

    xox,
    Em
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  • Lisa Autumn

    This sounds so up my street! Need to give it a try!

    xx Lisa
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  • theblackblush blog

    This sounds nice! I never tried it before but I think I might give it a try!
    xx

    The Black Blush

  • I need so much help with my posture! I’ve always wanted to try pilates, but I don’t know of any good places near me that have classes available. I’ll have to look into it. Love your leggings, by the way!

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  • This looks like so much fun, my mum wanted me to buy one, but I asked for a bike instead!
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  • I never heard of this. It seems quite cool!

  • Julia Lundmark

    Love both reformer and matwork pilates, as well as working out on the Cadillac! Definitely try matwork, it will do wonders for your technique.

  • It’s so good to see your fitness journey and seeing how much effort you put into it. Definitely super motivating as I’ve been so slack lately and needing that push to get back into it. Super proud!

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  • Olivia Allan

    I love both reformer and mat work, but the two are definitely very different! Reformer does more for the major muscle groups and has the advantage of legs in straps (because nothing feels as heavenly as leg circles after a leg on bar series which makes you feel like you’ve done 100 weighted squats. Mat work, on the other hand, I find focuses more on intrinsic muscles and is more heavily core focused generally. I find they complement each other really well, but one cannot replace the other at all. Give mat work a go once and see how you like it. You won’t sweat as much as reformer, but try laughing the next day and you’ll realise how hard you actually worked! So great to see another perspective on that type of exercise!

    Also, if you like strength and getting sweaty, then give barre a go. It’s my other favourite and gets a bit of cardio into the mix too!

  • Brandy Sunset

    Yay reformer! I found it about a year ago through Frame. It is amazing! And if you can fit in their off peak membership time frame then the price won’t make you cry. I love the strength aspect of it too, and the dynamic class is a gem.

  • I’m a big fan of reformer pilates too! It’s incredibly hard but the perfect workout when I still want to get my muscles to work without having to do a circuit training type class.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Christina | http://www.cuddlepill.com

  • I’ve never done reformer pilates, but I can always tell when someone does! It has the most incredible results. I think after reading this post, I am going to do the first-class-complimentary of the reformer pilates at my gym! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂
    xoxo Mollie
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  • Tatiana

    I’m losing interest in my kettle bell workout. Mostly because my rotator cuff has been bothering me. Maybe I should give Pilates another try. The last time I tried the instructor spent 45 minutes trying to get me to use my abs to flatten my back down the matt and it just never happened, so I never went back. Also it was the most boring 45 minutes of my life. Perhaps a different instructor or studio?

  • I have never tried reformer pilates. It looks quite hard. But have heard that the results are incredible.

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  • prashant singh

    Wow cool!

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  • I’ve not done the reformer (it is rather pricey), but I love my mat classes and I have an awesome, and very funny instructor who makes it seem much less of a chore.