The Anatomy of A Pilates Reformer

As you may be aware, we are delighted to be starting Reformer Pilates here at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford.

Having offered mat based Pilates at goPhysio since 2008, alongside the extra space and growing team, expanding into Reformer Pilates was the next step.

Many of you will not be at all familiar with the Reformer equipment, so we thought we’d share a little overview of the key components that make up The Reformer.

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  Straps, shoulder and head rest     
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 The reformer 
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Springs
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 Box and Springs 
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Reformer from foot bar end   
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Ropes and pulleys
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 Foot bar, box and standing platform  
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Head rest    
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Head and shoulder rests

THE CARRIAGE is a flat, lightly cushioned bed section, which you lie, kneel, sit, lunge or stand on. This platform smoothly glides up and down the rails. As the carriage moves as part of your Pilates exercises, you will need to engage and work key muscles in a controlled and symmetrical way.

THE FOOT BAR is used to rest your hands or feet against to stabilise you as you move.

THE SPRINGS provide a variable, dynamic resistance to your Pilates exercises. They demand control throughout your full range of movement, which adds a whole new dimension to Pilates. The different colours represent different resistance (from very light and easy to heavy and more challenging!).

ROPES & PULLEYS are used as an alternative to the static foot bar. Hands or feet can be placed inside the loops or handles, and used to work in multiple directions. This further challenges stability and balance.

HEAD REST is an adjustable section to rest your head whilst you are lying on the Reformer bed.

SHOULDER RESTS are used when lying down, to block your shoulders and assist with moving the carriage during exercises as your shoulders press against the rests. They can also be used as hand holds for different exercises.

STANDING PLATFORM at the foot bar end of the Reformer, is a non slip surface that you can place a foot on for doing certain exercises (the foot bar is lowered out of the way for these exercises). The other foot will be placed on the moving carriage.

BOX is placed on the carriage for variety of exercises. It can be great for those who are a little less flexible or to help make some exercises more comfortable.


For anyone who starts Reformer Pilates with us here at goPhysio, you will have a comprehensive introductory session, where one of our Reformer Instructors will introduce you to the Reformer and go through the equipment, how it works and make sure you are confident and comfortable before you start!

The great thing about the Reformer is that although it may look a little daunting, it can actually make Pilates easier, as your movements and exercises can be assisted, supported and facilitated through the Reformer bed, springs and pulleys. At the other end of the scale, the Reformer can take your Pilates to another level by challenging you too – so it’s great for all abilities!

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