Ellen teaching client on the Reformer
Ellen teaching client on the Reformer

🤔 Do you do Reformer Pilates?

We often get asked this question. You see, “Reformer Pilates” has become a popular buzz phrase, a trend, the latest craze in fitness. Except it isnt… if you’re in the Pilates know!

There isn’t such a thing as Reformer Pilates! This became a coined phrase by fitness companies trying to suggest that Matwork Pilates got zooped up and now we should all be doing it on the Reformer instead like the celebs. Many teachers went out instantly to get trained in Reformer, many fitness companies try to introduce Reformers into gyms (with often disastrous outcome… just google it to see what I mean!) Cities went crazy for the marketing buzz and started training fitness personal trainers in their fitness hybrid Pilates on a Reformer and called it “Dynamic Pilates” implying Matwork was static and boring and you should be feeling the burn of the lunge, squat combo on non springs for that ultimate bootcamp workout!

But let’s tell it how it is shall we?! Michelle explains it all in this video or continue reading below or the other way around, whatever you fancy!

There is Pilates. It includes working out on a Reformer, it always has, it’s not a new fad….👍 ….AND then there is working out on other apparatus like Wunda chairs, High chair, Tower, ladder barrel etc to name a few, plus learning Matwork for your homework! The rest of the apparatus is there to help you as an individual with what your body needs to do the exercises better on the Reformer and to prepare you for new exercises . The Reformer teaches you how to do exercises on the Mat. It’s all linked together, like a spiders web, a thread, a connection.

💡But you have to “learn” how to workout on the Reformer. It’s not a machine like you see in the gym, doing the work for you, its apparatus. You cant just do a gym stretch or any fitness exercise and plonk it on a Reformer and call it Pilates!

Pilates on a Reformer is a discipline, a system, there is an order to learn, with transitions between the exercises. You need to learn the exercises over time, develop your body across the other pieces of apparatus in order to improve how you move on the Reformer and prep your body to introduce new exercises on the Reformer.

As a teacher, you shouldnt be teaching from generic lesson plans. The Reformer is an individual workout, everyone is progressing at different rates and ways, so the workouts should be individual journeys.

“I stopped going to group “Reformer Pilates” classes after I realized the 12+ people classes were so generic and ‘one size fits all’. The instructors were ‘instructors’ not teachers. We didn’t learn Pilates and develop, we were instructed lesson plans that the instructors could pick and choose from a library of pre prepared plans. I didn’t feel very unique!.”


Joe Pilates said his method was a system and a discipline. He’s right! You need to be disciplined to learn the exercises, to be patient with your progress, to layer up slowly, to work the full studio apparatus, to know what springs you need, to know if you need a sticky mat, is a long or short box needed, straps, extensions??

❓Do you know what the first exercise is?
❓Do you know how to get to the next one?
❓Could you take yourself through a workout or set up the basics.
❓Do you know what Reformer exercise aren’t great for your bad back, neck issue, osteoporosis, hip replacement?

So…. To help YOU learn how to do Pilates in the basic exercises WITH the Reformer, and not just ON a Reformer, we have a 4 week Intro to Reformer course to help you become the independent Pilates practitioner we all hope for you.

That’s the essence of any good Pilates!

4 week Intro to Reformer Course Fridays 5.30-6pm. Each month! Next course starts 28th February. £49.
Oh and did we mention it’s only for 2 people!

BOOK HERE or call 01462 338002

Who’s ready to be reformed?!

Check out this great related blog post: Your or the Reformer: who is doing the work?