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Whether you’ve had a break from the studio because of Covid, having babies, an injury or an extended holiday (lucky you!) or you are new and interested in learning more about Pilates, you may be in need of a helpful reminder of a thing or two. So here’s our Pilates Pod Back to Basics Guide.

Please note not all exercises are suitable for everyone. If you have any injuries or medical issues, please consult one of our teachers for advice of what to leave out.

Matwork

This is the bread to all the Pilates system. Start with this alongside your Reformer below.. Learn from what your body needs work on here and use the Reformer to help it with it’s springs for resistance and support.

Reformer

This the butter to the bread of the Matwork. Start with this Basic Reformer and practice, practice practice. Keep an eye on the clock and aim to get it done in 20 minutes. Work on smoothing out the transitions between the exercises to keep moving and flowing, know the exercise order and don’t overly correct and fix yourself. Learn from your workout and then move around the room to the other apparatus to help your body do better. When you know the order well and in good time and with control, it’s time to move on to the next “level.”

Don’t get bored- get better!

Tower or Cadillac- Leg Springs

The basic exercises of the leg springs on the Tower, or the Cadillac. If you need length, strength and awareness of your alignment, this piece of apparatus helps you find it your body. Problem necks, bad backs, shoulder issues… everything starts from the pelvis so work on leg springs as your foundation. Use the Tower exercises to help inform your Reformer and Matwork exercises and get those better.

What is a Reformer?

Check out our orientation around the Reformer and what to look out for to set you up and moving.