Reformer pilates and mat pilates share a lot of benefits; increased flexibility and stamina, calms the mind, improves posture and strengthens the core. However instead of just having the weight of the body to work with, the reformer bed has springs that can adapt to your body and goals. The resistance created by the pulley and spring system can provide a more challenging strength and endurance workout than mat classes. It also produces visible results sooner — arm, leg, and abdominal muscles can look more toned and defined within a dozen or so regular sessions. Pilates on a reformer bed really helps to target those smaller muscle groups, so you form long, lean and toned muscles.
The Reformer acts as a support system for the body by helping assist it into proper form and posture. Extra springs can be added to build strength in the bigger muscle groups, or lower springs can be utilised to challenge the stabilising muscles. This means that the intensity can be varied considerably from one person to the next, making it an incredibly versatile piece of equipment to use compared to mat pilates. This capability, combined with the support afforded by the resistance the machine provides, allows people of all capabilities (including those with limited range of movement or injuries) to safely complete exercises with effective results.