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Pilates Sample Class: Group Reformer

by Erika Quest on Jun 20, 2012

Maintaining safety and control can be tricky in any group exercise class. Keeping sessions fresh, motivating and unintimidating is equally challenging. Add in a moving carriage, loaded with springs, and sometimes a box and a multitude of other props and you see why linking exercises efficiently is critical when teaching a group reformer Pilates session. In addition to understanding the objective and muscle focus of each exercise, generating flow through proper sequencing can be imperative for an effective workout. This article will review several unique exercises, specific to the reformer, which when linked in the order they are described will add dimension and zest to your group classes.

A Class That Flows

Before starting any program, be sure to consider your clients’ goals and take into account any limitations and contraindications by providing appropriate modifications. Always set up clients for success. Promote clean execution and extrapolate maximum work out of each repetition by applying all forms of cuing; the art of providing proper cuing—along with multilevel assists, progressions, regressions and modifications—is crucial to your clients’ success during Pilates sessions.

Time permitting, include functional elongation and full-body integration to create a well-rounded program. Feel free to segment out each of these sequences and use them individually in private equipment-based Pilates sessions.

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Erika Quest

Erika Quest IDEA Author/Presenter

Erika Quest is the owner of Studio Q Pilates Conditioning in Laguna Beach, California. As a former advertising executive and triathlon participant, Erika's specialties include sharp and successful bus...