- Dimensions: H34.3 x W28.4 x L100″ (with half turn)
- Equipment: Wooden frame with aluminum rails
With its sleek, luxurious finish and starter price, the BASI Systems Reformer is a solid design that will help you perform a range of exercises. It features a large carriage cushion and a long track to help you achieve a wide range of motion, smoothly and comfortably. It features an innovative “EPS” Enhanced Pulley System – which allows you to fine-tune the pulley angle and an extended gear system for precision in spring resistance settings. Maite likes that this model offers good support and has an adjustable headrest, shoulder rests and a foot bar. “While you need enough space to house a model like this, it’s made from quality materials and you can really feel it in your practice,” she says. “It comes with a springboard and a box and a soft cushion on the cart which are all useful features. A U-turn, extension leg set and foot platform are also included.” £4,367. AT gladform.com
Align-Pilates F2 Folding Reformer
- Dimensions: H9 x W28 x W95″
The Align-Pilates F2 Collapsible Reformer can be easily moved around your home and stored away when needed. Cynthia thinks this can be a good option if you’re limited on space, but since it’s low to the ground, you’ll be limited on certain exercises. You will also need to purchase a seated box to add to the set. It is sold in the UK and you can set aside an hour to try out the reformer in the Align Pilates showroom before you decide to buy it. If you want to spend a little more, you can choose the Model A8-Pro which has standard legs so it is raised off the ground to provide a base for a wider range of exercises. From £1,300. AT mad-hq.com
What exercises can I do on a Pilates reformer?
The best Pilates reformers for 2022 provide the perfect tool for a full body workout. Whether you’re new to Pilates or a seasoned pro, there’s a wide range of exercises you can do to challenge yourself in your training. Take advice from Pilates experts on three of the best moves to try:
Hip Flexor Stretch to undo whatever sits
Anaya Grover suggests kneeling on the cart facing the toe bar. Place a medium spring but adjust it to your weight if necessary, then place one foot on the footbar and the other with toes tucked on the shoulder rest. Hold on to the toe bar with your hands while keeping an elongated and straight spine. Press down on the back foot while tucking your pubic bone up to your head. Feel the stretch in your hip flexors and quadriceps and avoid extending your lower spine. Let the carriage return to the starting position. It’s a small move, but effective. Repeat three to five on each side.
Adductor Stretch to increase hip mobility
Anaya Grover also suggests lying on the carriage with your head on the headrest and your feet in the foot straps, two or more medium springs if needed for your body weight. Spine lengthened, core engaged, legs together and away from you about 45 degrees off the ground, let the legs come towards you without losing your spine lengthened and your pelvis neutral. This gives you a hamstring stretch. Next, stick your legs out to the sides and try to keep a balanced pelvis as if you have a bowl full of water resting on your abdomen and you don’t want to spill it. This will increase the stretch in your adductor muscles, including your hip flexors. Circle the legs together, then return to the starting position, repeating five times before reversing the motion.
Short Box Mermaid With Rotation to strengthen abs, obliques and back muscles and improve spine flexibility
Federica de Caro says to sit on the short box with your torso turned to the side. Bend the bottom knee so the leg rests on the box, then straighten the top leg and hook the foot under the ankle strap. Open the arms out to the sides of the body and as you exhale, pull away from the ankle strap, flexing the spine laterally. Reach the arms overhead so the torso is in one long line. Next, rotate the torso toward the pit with the arms at the sides. Lift torso back with arms overhead and continue lifting torso towards foot bar to stretch to other side with upper arm extended overhead and lower arm extended forward. before. Repeat four to six times on each side.
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