I hate working out, but I loved my Reformer Pilates class

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Reformer Pilates.

It may seem like a daunting workout, but rest assured, it’s anything but.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a workout. But you’ll appreciate it every step of the way — and that’s coming from someone who hates exercise. High-intensity classes and cardio jumps to crazy music are not my scene. Also, I get so bored when I lift weights or walk on the treadmill. But Reformer Pilates is all about focus, good form, and low-intensity muscle training. It takes the grace of muscle toning combined with deep breathing and focus and turns it into an art form of exercise.

The benefits of Reformer Pilates

Tianna Strateman, Vice President of Education for Club Pilates, told NBC News, “The equipment and exercises can be modified and adjusted to fit any body, making it perfect for anyone looking to toning up, recovering from injury, training for a particular hobby or sport, or for those looking for a low impact all-around workout.”

Balance

A 2017 study found that adults aged 65 to 95 who participated in Reformer Pilates once a week for 10 weeks had a reduced risk of falling and improved balance, mobility, and range of motion.

Stress reduction

Another study, published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Hormones, found that sedentary women who participated in Pilates three times a week for eight weeks had decreased body fat percentage, levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) and stress levels in general.

Immune system health

Pilates can also improve your immune system, which is especially important in recent months. A 2019 study found that older men who participated in Pilates classes had more power to fight infections and improve their health.

I hate working out, but I loved my Reformer Pilates class
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What you can expect in a Reformer Pilates class

I first attended a Pilates class about four months ago and knew I was hooked as soon as I left. When you first walk into a Pilates class, you might wonder if you’re in the wrong room, simply because of the appearance of the reformers. But the machines are there to help you! They take the strain off your joints and help you isolate certain muscle groups for optimal toning and strengthening.

It should also be noted that no one in the class looks alike. I’m not a petite woman, and I’m not the only one besides a size 2 attending class. There are women and men of all ages, even between 80 and 90, in each class. So don’t let the worry of being new to Pilates (or the exercises) intimidate you. Reformer Pilates is for everyone.

Instructor Tami B. says, “Club Pilates is for all ages, all body types and all injuries. Club Pilates Sandy is a real family and non-judgmental place. I’ve made so many friends and have a great support group there.

Members who take the classes also recommend the atmosphere of Club Pilates Sandy. “The inviting atmosphere and new friendships I’ve made at Sandy’s are unique among the many CP studios I’ve been to in multiple states. Here they know everyone’s names, their health issues, and create joy “It’s personal. You’re not just a customer.” It’s the best thing I’ve done for myself in a long time, says Sandy member Marcia H.

Depending on the teacher and the mood of the class, the instructor will have light music playing in the background. You’re supposed to hear your instructor’s instructions and commentary, so the music isn’t overpowering or distracting. There are also mirrors in the room so you can watch your form and adjust as needed.

Everyone has their own reforming machine, which is primarily the one you’ll be using for class. Using resistance springs and your own body weight, you’ll do different exercises similar to squats, lunges, calf raises, bicep curls and more.

The difference between these more traditional movements and the pilates reformer is in the instructor’s feedback on your form, as well as the support you will receive from the reformer. With these traditional exercises, it is much easier to injure yourself or use incorrect form, which can lead to injury.

Paula Lester, Pilates instructor and manager, told NBC News, “Pilates reformer work focuses on core strength and proper muscle engagement, which improves athletic performance, back pain, recovery weight loss, balance, bone density, and posture, to name a few, is a movement system designed to improve our daily lives and well-being.”

Try your first lesson for free!

At Sandy Club Pilates, you can come visit the studio and talk to the friendly teachers to see if Pilatets is right for you. They are having an open house on May 6 from 6-8 with food and drink. If you’re convinced you want to have fun, you can try your first class for free! On May 7, Pilates Awareness Day, you can take a free introductory class at 12 p.m. or 1 p.m.

May is National Pilates Month, so the celebration is real at Club Pilates. If you decide Pilates is right for you, you can get January pricing in May! To claim your free class, visit clubpilates.com today.

Emily Swenson for Club Pilates Sandy

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