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9 Benefits of Reformer Pilates

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What do Karlie Kloss, Alessandra Ambrosio, Kelly Brook and Vanessa Hudgens have in common? Awesome bodies, yes. But how do they get it?

These stars are all fans of reformer Pilates. It's no news that Pilates is an amazing type of exercise, but what exactly are the benefits of this type of practice?The Reformer is a piece of equipment that further aids the practice with different spring options for more resistance, equipment such as light weights and the magic circle. The classes are usually 50-60 minutes long and will include breathing exercises, stretching and sculpting work, using your whole body, all while listening to select playlists with good tunes to get you going. We've listed 9 incredible reasons for you to discover some of the benefits of doing reformer pilates - let this inspire and encourage you to come and try a class at our beautiful Parsons Green Studio!


1. Everyone can do it!
Some forms of exercise may seem daunting if you're unsure of your own physical capabilities, but Pilates really is something everyone can do. The classes are small - only 9 reformers at Absolute - and the teacher will always give you individual attention to assist you with any problems you may have. It is the most gentle, safe and effective way to exercise, and the beauty of doing it on the reformer is that you can adjust the level of intensity to suit your own body, using the springs.

2. Tone and Reshape.
If you've done mat Pilates before, you're likely to know what amazing core-strengthening work it is. Now add on the resistance of the reformer as well as the light weights and you got yourself a whole new artillery to tone up your body with! It is unquestionable that reformer Pilates is a way to - literally - reshape your body. You will never bulk up with Pilates- instead, you can expect that envious long, lean, graceful tone. “In 10 sessions, you feel better, 20 sessions you look better, 30 sessions you have a completely new body.”- that is a quote from the founder of the practice, Joseph Pilates. We can testify to the truth of this saying. Don't believe us? Come and try our intro offer - 3 classes for £24 - and see what you think!

3. Rehabilitate
The reformer is a great way to start exercising after an injury. The equipment is so gentle, and this combined with the fundamental principles of Pilates - precise movements performed in a safe way - will help you regain your strength and posture. If you have back injuries or muscular imbalance, it's a great way to regain your strength. The focus on postural work during class will help your spinal alignment and continued practice will help decrease the risk of future injuries.

4. Pregnancy Friendly
During pregnancy, it can be hard to find workouts to suit your changing body. Pilates is excellent for expecting women, as it incorporates core, pelvic floor and posture exercises. Doing Pilates while you're pregnant will significantly help you recover after giving birth - not only will you have an easier time physically caring for your new bundle of joy, you will also bounce back quicker to the shape you were before. If you have questions about working out during pregnancy, don't hesitate to ask at reception - we offer 1-1 consultation on exercise and nutrition, which can help you during and after your 9 months!

5. Weight Loss
Strengthening exercises are imperative to any weigh loss regime. You already know the reformer can work wonders to tone you up, but it can also help you shred. During class, you will definitely feel your heart racing, and depending on the level of the class and your own fitness, practice can get positively sweat-dripping. For an extremely intense cardio workout, we offer amazing Cardio Pilates classes. These 50 minute classes offer you a variety of intervall, HIIT type training - on and off the reformer - as well as the classic sculpting work. This type of class is incredible if you want to switch it up and take your fitness routine to the next level.

6.Flexibility
Not only will you strengthen and slim down - you'll also get more flexible from doing reformer Pilates. Being more flexible will reduce any stiffness and soreness as well as aid that quest for those long, lean muscles.

7. Everyday
The beauty of reformer Pilates is that, unlike some other physical activity, it can be done everyday. It is gentle enough that it wont tear our muscles, yet can be challenging enough to keep you excited. One important difference between mat Pilates and reformer Pilates is that there are so many more movements and exercises on the reformer - without even getting too into the equipment, there are over 250 movements! The variety of the classes teamed with the skill and focus of the trainer will ensure that your class will always be different, hitting your body and your mind from all different angles :)

8. Breathing
Breathing exercises are always part of the class. Your breathing is absolutely fundamental for your well being, and if you come to class, you'll discover new ways to utilizing your breath to maximize your energy. Building on the concept of core, back and postural strength, the breath links it all together and if you know how to breathe right, you can reduce stress levels and find focus easier in your daily life as well as during class.

9.Energy
Exercising is one of the key players in getting that extra energy we all want and need. It is just incredible how much just a little difference in your physical habits can make - after a class of reformer pilates, you will immediately feel better - exercise releases endorphins, also known as the happy hormone. But you wont only feel it after class - regular exercise will help you gain more energy everyday, even on days you're not working out. So you can ditch the redbull - do some Pilates instead!

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Are you set up right for your height??

 

Did you know that the footbar can be adjusted backwards and forwards for your height? Make sure you are on the right setting in order to get the best workout for your size!

 

On both sides of your reformer, below footbar you will find a black ball and several holes for the different height settings.

 

If you are little like me, you will want your setting to be as close as possible to the carriage and if you are a giant like Nick you will want to choose the setting closest to the platform. For everyone in between there are 5 holes to choose from so you get it right for your size!

Simply pull bot the black balls at the same time, and slide the footbar towards the carriage or the platform and release it into the appropriate hole. Remember which setting your on and make sure your set up correctly each time you train."

 When lying on your back with your feet on the bar, your knees should be at a 90 - degree angle. Don’t  be afraid to ask one of our awesone trainers to show you how to adjust the footbar. "

 


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Why Does Your Back Hurt?

Why is my back hurting?

 

This is a very common question in recent modern times with as many as many as 49% reporting (2000) that we suffer from some form of back pain. Does this mean that the human body has a major design flaw in the back area? Are we all domed to suffer lower back pain?

 

The answers to these questions are NO! It is true that more than half of us suffer back problems but this is due to how we now live our lives. Our bodies are not designed to sit behind a desk for hours on end and this is why our back suffers. The chairs we use, the height of our desks and the lack of exercise all go together making things worse.

 

So what can you do to change this? Well there are many things, simply get out of your chair every hour and stretch. Your back can not provide the support you require when you do not exercise it, you back needs a regular pumping of blood to keep the muscles warm and healthy. This can be done so easily, by just making sure you move regularly.

 

Exercise for an hour once a week is vital. You are required to do at least an hour a day, but if you're super busy and cannot commit that much time, than an hour or two a week should start you up. Pick an exercise which will help strengthen your back and stretch your spine such as Pilates. This particular exercise actually helps your back in the long-term and is recommended by doctors and back specialists. They all suggest this treatment for those who suffer chronic back pain for many years. This exercise has benefits for everyone and even women during pregnancies take this exercise on with ease.

 

This does not mean that this is an easy exercise, in fact quite the opposite as it requires a lot of strength. The exercise was developed was by a physician who worked in the war (Joseph Pilates) and wanted to develop an exercise to help rehabilitate soldiers who had suffered many forms of injuries. The exercises were used to make the patients stronger by developing muscles to support the rest of the body. Although the exercise is not easy, it also has the advantage on not being high impact such as running. There is very little chance that you could be injured with Pilates, so someone suffering from Arthritis could very easily take up Pilates and not cause further damage to their joints.

 

Of course with this knowledge in mind, consult a doctor about taking up Pilates and whether they recommend it for you, as everyone has a different case with back pain.

 

So if you're given the all clear then pop to your local Pilates studio. Check out Absolute Pilates plus they also offer other fitness classes

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Welcome to Absolute!

IMG_SpinHi and welcome to the Absolute blog. 

 

We plan to use this as a forum to share our knowledge and ideas on living a happy, healthy and fulfilling life. Our expert trainers will all contribute on topics that are of particular interest to them. You can expect to read about such topics as, injury prevention, fluid consumption, nutrition, exercise for pregnancies, exercise technology, some of our favourite tips and tricks and many more informative articles on exercise and well being that our experience and education has taught us.

 

We hope that this blog becomes a regular source of inspiration, motivation and education for you, and a place you can share with us your questions and experiences.

 

 

Just to shed some light on Absolute I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about us.

 

The studio is located  on the top 2 floors of an office building in Parsons Green, London, UK. It was first opened in January 2010. Since then we have been providing our awesome clientele with a place to come and stretch, tone, strengthen and condition their bodies to their potential bests. Although we have flirted with some other modes of exercise (boxing, kettle bells etc) we have now concentrated our expertise into, stationary cycling, Absolute Spin classes and  reformer based, Absolute Pilates classes and Personal training . We feel these forms of exercise are a perfect match in terms of cardio vascular and calorie burning with postural correction, injury rehabilitation/prevention, flexibility and strengthening. With our powers combined we offer every individual the chance to achieve their individual health and fitness goals. See our testimonials  for some of the super people we have helped so far.

 

The studio is small in size ( currently 9 reformer beds and 8 spin bikes) but large in personality. We are a fun and lively bunch who get a great deal of enjoyment from the work we do. We have a fantastic clientele who are a real pleasure to work with. We love our work, but even more we love having a good time...

 

We make great efforts to provide a place where people can come and enjoy their exercise, feel safe yet challenged, educated and inspired. We hope this blog reflects our values and can reach out to those who have similar interests as ours.

 

Thanks for reading and we really look forward to hearing your feedback, questions, jokes, ideas and experiences on our brand new Absolute Blog!!

 

“Smile, people will think you know something.” -Unknown

Written by: Nick Morrison  - Head Trainer.

 
 

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