Have you been thinking about buying a Pilates machine of your own? You’re not alone. During the pandemic, there was an uptick in the number of people investing in a Reformer of their own. When studios were closed, a home Reformer was the only game in town. Even as studios begin to reopen, depending upon where you live, those who made the investment will likely keep up their home practice. And why not? Having a Reformer at home is convenient. It enables you to avoid the commute to and from a studio, it frees you from having to work out at a particular time, it’s cost-effective (once you have owned your Reformer for a while), and after your workout, you can jump right into your own shower.
You can do most if not all of the Reformer exercises you would do in a Pilates studio on a home Reformer. For example, if you are a beginner, you’ll probably start with the Footwork, then the Hundred, Leg Circles, Frog, and continue with Stomach Massage, Knee Stretch, Running, and Pelvic Lift, at a minimum. If you have a Box accessory, you will add the Long Box and Short Box series. If you have a Jump Board, you can add in jumping at the beginning, middle, or end of your Reformer program to get some extra cardio.
While the repertoire isn’t different than what you would do at a studio, there may be omissions or modifications that make sense for someone practicing on a home Reformer (if you are an instructor, this is probably not the case). You may want to focus on simple and safe exercises that are appropriate for all levels. You might choose to add some creative Footwork variations such as one-legged Footwork or add another set of the classic series. You can add in Jump Board, if you have one, adding jumps between traditional exercises for a bit of HIIT. For safety’s sake, you might omit the most advanced exercises, in particular, those requiring a great deal of balance, control, and coordination. You can add these into your home routine when you feel totally confident. You’ll still get an efficient full-body workout even if you stick to the basics.