Pilates Regimen With and Without a Reformer
Joseph Pilates recommended practicing at least four times a week with a complete classical mat routine. This is a tall order for modern schedules and most people think that consolidating the exercises into fewer workout sessions can reap equivalent benefits. The determining factor is commitment and properly varied exercises.
The mainstream is moving toward two, full length classes per week ideally including instruction and equipment. The rest of your regimen can be made up of shorter, 20--minute exercise sessions when you can fit them in during the rest of the week.
Your regular equipment of full mat routine should include at least the following exercises: The Hundred, The Roll Up, The Roll Over, One Leg Circle, Rolling Like a Ball, Single and Double Leg Stretches, Spine Stretch, and Open Leg Rocker. Of course, adding and exchanging exercises as you advance is recommended.
Lots of Pilates DVDs focus on quick, 20-minute routines that vary the exercises for you and are directed at people with busy schedules. Less intensive equipment such as the Pilates Ring, exercise balls, and fitness bands are often integrated to enhance the workout without requiring a trip to the gym. With time, you'll develop an ability to create your own, improvised workout routines. Just be careful to always challenge your whole body and be mindful of your breathing, pace and balance.
Pilates Reformer Workouts Every Time
If you are fortunate enough to have access to a Pilates Reformer every day, go for it. The benefits of adjustable, customizable resistance builds, lean, balanced muscle and will do wonders for your energy levels and mood. The variations available on a Reformer are so plentiful that you're unlikely to become bored. Plus, by changing springs and resistance you're level of fitness will never surpass what your Reformer can do for you.
A Pilates Chair provides a less expensive means to enhance your workout at home while still offering resistance and form guidance. Most chairs can be used with more than 75 exercises. Add to this resistance bands, a Pilates Circle, and an exercise ball and you've got a perfect home gym without all the large, expensive, equipment.