During Pilates Reformer workouts you roll, twist and curl in ways you never thought imaginable to target the entirety of your torso, from your hips to your shoulders and arms. Back and stabilising muscles, which are often left out during traditional fitness core workouts, are the reasons why you can achieve better posture and coordination than you would with Mat Pilates or classic fitness core routine.
You migh have heard that Pilates lengthens muscles, which isn't really possible. What it does do is give you the appearance of greater length because you find this full range of motion and train to maintain it day in and day out. You will look taller, slimmer and sleeker as a result of regular Reformer workout.
The Reformer resistance will get you faster results. You can adjust the tension of springs of the moving carriage to different levels of difficulty. As you become stronger and more proficient with the Reformer, you will progress from reclined exercises to ones that put less of your body surface on the carriage, meaning you would need to use more of your own strength and coordination to execute the moves. You may even notice greater definition in your arms, legs and abs after just a few months of consistent workout on the Reformer.
A study published in a 2015 issue of Women & Health shown women performing 16 weeks of regular workouts on the Reformer followed by a four-week period of detraining during summer vacation. Following these four months of Reformer workouts, these women lost fat from their triceps, waist and thighs, and gained lean mass. These women achieved these results after a one-hour session conducted twice a week for 16 weeks. With such commitment, you will also grow stronger and experience shifts in your body composition.