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My First Time Doing Reformer Pilates

By Lauren Ford
Posted On Jun 17, 2016
My First Time Doing Reformer Pilates

Yesterday I partook in my first Pilates class ever. It wasn’t the average mat-in-the-gym-workout-room Pilates class, it was the The Hunger Games of workouts.

First of all, I didn’t even know what a reformer was until I stepped into the Pilates room and laid eyes on it. It was somewhat reminiscent of a Medieval torture device with the accompanying accessories: straps, ropes, springs, and bars. The reformer provides finely tuned resistance that allows for the most innovative and aggressive approach to full body conditioning. Basically, you are using torture techniques to make your body look flawless. Who ever said beauty is pain obviously said this after taking a Pilates class.


So here are the things you need to know for your first reformer Pilates class!

No Shoes, Wear Tight Fitting Clothes

Believe it or not, there are no shoes involved on this apparatus. You are barefoot and vulnerable to the exercise coming your way. Also, wear tight fitting clothes so that your clothes don’t get in the way or distract you from your workout. Form fitting clothing is also important so that the instructor will be able to check your body for form and alignment.

Tell Your Teacher You Are New

Make sure you tell the teacher that you are new before you start because there are different resistance levels so someone that is new obviously wouldn’t do the same levels as someone who comes religiously. Also, try and sit by or keep an eye on someone who knows what they are doing. The girls sitting next to me helped me with the switching on the equipment and the setting up of the different devices. There is no way that you are going to know what “two red springs and one yellow” means. So just keep a close eye on a pro near you.

You Are Going to Sweat A LOT

Think of your average hour at the gym kind of workout, it’s probably something along the lines of warm up cardio, weight training, cool down cardio. Pilates is this but without the breaks in between, there is no break while walking from machine to machine and there is no such thing as sitting on a machine and taking a gym selfie for Snapchat. Double the amount you normally sweat and that will be your Pilates workout, so don’t forget a towel and water!

Be Open Minded & Positive

It is crucial to go into this with a positive and open mindset. Don’t have any expectations for yourself because even if you are super in shape, the reformer is a device that your body isn’t used to. It can be a little awkward at first, but you will eventually get the movements down as you go on. Most of the first class is looking around making sure you are doing the right moves. So don’t get down on yourself if you are going up when the rest of the class is going down or if you have to stop for a count or two to catch your breath. At the end of the day, you are already doing your body a favor by showing up to this ultimate workout, so give yourself a pat on the back for that.

Overall, my experience was great. The instructor played Beyoncé, the energy was high, and the workout was challenging. Honestly, what else do you need in a workout? Not to mention the gazillion benefits. Pilates strengthens and tightens your muscles, burns fat, improves endurance, jump-starts your metabolism, and restores your body’s natural balance.  If I continued to do this workout for a couple months, I would no doubt have a body like Kate Hudson, the Pilates queen. This will definitely not be my last Pilates class.