A Pilates machine may be your next step if you have already reached a level of fitness and want to intensify your workout. Mat Pilates is sufficient for the beginner but at some point you will experience a plateau when just using your own body weight.
There is a progression from mat Pilates, a beginner’s Pilates, to intermediate and advanced Pilates. Advanced Pilates involves a variety of specialized Pilates machines. Whether you choose an advanced Pilates workout program at your gym or purchase a Pilates machine for home use, both are designed to strengthen your core and increase flexibility. Pilates fitness equipment is designed to sculpt the body in contrast to building bulky muscle mass which you get from traditional weight training.
The Pilates machine that most people think of is the reformer. This is the primary piece of Pilates fitness equipment.
A Pilates reformer is much more effective than other resistance exercises you may have tried. The reformer gets you off the floor and is more comfortable.
The structure enables easier and more precise movement. The reformer has a sliding platform which is anchored at one end with springs. The main structure, the carriage, carries you back and forth and is designed so that you can sit, kneel or lie on the carriage.
The idea of this particular Pilates machine is to push off from the stationary bar or pull on the ropes. You are not only moving back and forth but maintaining your balance at the same time. Quite the challenge! The added variety adds spice to your workout by combining floor and machine workouts.
A plateau is reached when your body gets used to a routine. The new moves serve to make your body work harder again.
Like any exercise your body quickly adapts so that it takes less effort to perform the routine. Consistently adding new moves keeps your body guessing.
The Pilates reformer provides an entire workout in itself. There are over 100 exercises you can perform using the pulleys, straps, springs and carriage.
There are many benefits to using this Pilates machine. There is an overall sense of well being, increased flexibility, core strength and increased circulation. You are far less likely to get injured and you will improve your posture. Best of all it sculpts the body!
So, if you can perform the basic Pilates movements and have either reached a plateau or are bored with your current routine then a Pilates machine may be what you are looking for.