Nancy Gorra

Director of Pilates

Nancy has over 25 years of experience in the fitness industry. Her certifications include: Integrated Movement=X in both basic and advance Pilates Reformer and Mat, Stott Pilates Reformer, AFAA Group Fitness & Training, Mat Science, Resist-a-Ball & Pilates Core Ball, Reebok Slide and Madd Dogg Athletics Star Level III Spinning. Nancy enjoys the theatre, tennis and swimming.

“Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement”

Benfits of Pilates Reformer

Pilates focuses on the powerhouse of the body, the muscles of the abdomen, lower back and buttocks. Strengthening these muscles improves trunk strength and posture and allows the limbs to move freely without the risk of injury. Many athletes use Pilates exercises to rehabilitate themselves and to aid in the prevention of sports injuries.

Pregnant women who do these exercises can develop body alignment, improve concentration, and develop body shape and tone after pregnancy. According to Joseph Pilates, You will feel better in 10 sessions, look better in 20 sessions and have a completely new body in 30 sessions.

These things in turn lead to daily life improvements like better posture, graceful, efficient movement, and for many, relief from pain associated with physical imbalances such as back pain. When we talk about strength building and Pilates the Pilates powerhouse muscles, the muscles of the core, are paramount. Flat abs, strong backs, toned buttock and thighs are all results of this emphasis. Other equipment and Pilates mat exercises do that too, but the reformer creates a unique and varied exercise environment.

What is Pilates Reformer

The Reformer is a machine which has springs, pulleys and a sliding platform. The challenge of doing exercises on the Reformer comes from the resistance springs and in more advanced exercises the challenge is maintaining balance on a moving surface.

Pregnant women who do these exercises can develop body alignment, improve concentration, and develop body shape and tone after pregnancy. According to Joseph Pilates, You will feel better in 10 sessions, look better in 20 sessions and have a completely new body in 30 sessions.

Like Mat Pilates, total concentration is on core stabilization from deep within your body. The additional benefit with the Reformer System is the use of resistance springs to continually challenge the muscles, while elongating them.

 

How is the Reformer used

One of the best things about the reformer is its versatility. Exercises can be done lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps, pushing the footbar, perched on the footbar, perched on the shoulder blocks, with additional equipment, upside down, sideways and all kinds of variations thereof. In other words, the reformer can train many parts and dynamics of the body in so many different ways with just one relatively sleek piece of equipment.

All kinds of exercises are done on the reformer to promote length, strength, flexibility, and balance. Most Pilates reformer exercises have to do with pushing or pulling the carriage, or holding the carriage steady during an exercise as it is pulled on by the springs. The images above show examples of the ways reformers are used. There are many, many reformer exercises, including those for first-time beginners to exercises that challenge the most advanced practitioners.

Pilates Reformer Packages

Group (max. 4 people)

Quantity Member Cost Non Member Cost
1 $37.00 $42.00

Semi-Private

Quantity Member Cost Non Member Cost
1 $47.00 $52.00

Private

Quantity Member Cost Non Member Cost
1 $80.00 $85.00

Pilates Barre

Type Cost
Drop-In Class $20.00
8 Group Classes $144.00

Pilates Reformer Specials

STARTER PACK

THREE

Group Sessions

$125

First time clients only. Available at Midland Park only.