THE REFORMER MACHINE
Our method at THE STUDIO revolves around the amazing Reformer Machine. There is probably no piece of Pilates equipment more famous than the Pilates Reformer ... and for good reason! It can seem intimidating at first but once our instructors give you a quick tutorial, you'll be changing springs like a pro in no time!
Invented by Pilates founder Joseph Pilates, the reformer is a bed-like frame with a flat platform, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer base by a set of color coded springs. The springs have difference resistance and are easily adjusted for maximal work on the reformer. Our carriages have shoulder blocks that keep you from sliding off and can be used for pushing or pulling the carriage in different exercises. At the spring end of the reformer there is an adjustable bar called a footbar. The footbar can be used with your feet or hands to move the carriage. On the foot bar end of the machine are slots for Jumpboards. We use Jumpboards to "run" on the Reformer! The reformer also has long straps with handles which are attached to the top end of the carriage frame. They can be pulled with legs or arms to move the carriage. Your body weight and resistance of the springs are what make the carriage more or less difficult to move.
We use the Balanced Body Allegro2 Reformer at THE STUDIO. The Allegro2 is the most intuitive, adjustable, easy-to-use Reformer on the market. And it's incredibly beautiful! We love the ease of this machine and with the towers on the backs of all our machines we are capable of 100's of different and effective exercises!