If you’ve never joined a Reformer Pilates class at Rejuvenate Pilates, you may have heard a few rumours around what Reformer Pilates is, what it does for your body and who it can benefit. Let us shed some light on the facts behind Reformer Pilates Myths.
After decades in the industry, these have been the most common Reformer Pilates Myths we’ve come across:
Myth #1 Reformer Pilates is only for Women
Truth is – Everyone can benefit from Reformer Pilates, men and women of any age. Jonothan Thurston, Mick Fanning and Tiger Woods are just some of the many big-name athletes that understand first hand the benefits men can achieve by adding Pilates to their training routine. Read more about Pilates for men here.
Myth #2 You need good flexibility to do a Reformer Pilates class
Truth is – Pilates is good for improving flexibility. Without flexibility, your body can be more prone to injury and your performance will be limited to your current movement capabilities. Rejuvenate Pilates offers a free Pilates Body Assessment before your first class to help track your improvements. There are also beginner classes for those new to Reformer Pilates, so it doesn’t matter what your current flexibility levels are, needing good flexibility before starting is a big Reformer Pilates myth.
Myth #3 Pilates is just stretching
Truth is – Reformer Pilates is a full-body work-out based on resistance training exercise routines. Using a reformer in our intimate classes, our trained Pilates experts will help to push you to your maximum physical potential in terms of strength, flexibility, control, stability and endurance. Having adjustable spring tensions allows everyone in the class to be working at their individual levels during the same routine.
Myth #4 You can’t get real weight loss results with Pilates
Truth is – Cardio and weights training is not for everyone. Reformer Pilates is a great way to work on achieving a more ideal body shape and weight. It will help to tone your body, build muscle and even burn calories long after the class finishes. Coupled with a healthy diet, Pilates is a great way to help lose weight. Read more about how you can transform your shape with Reformer Pilates here.
Myth #5 Pilates is easy
Truth is – Once you leave your first reformer class, you’ll never think Pilates is easy ever again. We hear this line all the time “wow that actually was a great work-out”. Different trainers and different classes push your limits in different ways, but because reformer uses a mixture of different exercises and resistant spring tension, it’s fully catered to your level. That means you should always find a class challenging. If you’re not, then you may have your spring tension set too easy.
Myth #6 Reformers are dangerous or hard to use
Truth is – If this is one of the Reformer Pilates myths you’ve heard then the person telling you this may have been unknowingly attending ‘Pilates-inspired’ spring resistance classes with under-qualified trainers. At Rejuvenate Pilates all our trainers are fully qualified and experienced. We use correct authentic Pilates techniques and the latest high-quality reformers so you have an effective, safe class every-time.
Now we’ve cleared up the most common Reformer Pilates myths, we welcome you to visit one of our three Sunshine Coast studios. Book a free one-on-one Pilates Body Assessment and we’ll go over your goals with you to help keep you motivated.
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