A quick Google of ‘reformer Pilates’ may reveal machines that resemble torture contraptions, but take it from a longtime exercise-phobe, it’s not half as hard as it seems – and it might just spark a new lifelong obsession. Looking to shake up your fitness routine? Give one of London’s reformer Pilates studios a go…
What Is Reformer Pilates?
The reformer method was first developed by Joseph Pilates during WW1 when he attached apparatus to hospital beds to help train and rebalance the muscles and joints of those who were injured and bedbound. Now far more glamorous but based on the same principles, the modern souped-up reformer machine is the secret behind the toned, lean and lithe bodies we have long envied – that LA yummy mummy physique that seems totally effortless and unattainable, but is actually the result of many hours spent ‘reforming’ the body.
As Gaby Noble of Exhale Pilates always says, ‘with 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference. With 20 sessions you’ll see the difference. And with 30, you have a whole new body’ – and she’s right. I’ve lengthened and strengthened my limbs all over London to bring you the best reformer pilates studios in town. See you on the (raised and cushioned) mat.
The Best Reformer Pilates Classes In London
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