Personally, I’m loving them. My background is in yoga, personal training, group exercise, and MELT, with additional specialized training on TRX, CrossCore, ViPR, BOSU, etc. I’ve only had my reformer certification for a year, so it’s my “youngest” training.
Pilates informs every other format that I teach. I love the breathing, the spinal stability, the ability to segment and move in isolation to really know what is driving specific movements. LOVE IT!!!
So, I use the reformer first in my classes, to get people moving really well. Then I do an analogous move that uses similar movement patterns but without the stability of the reformer. We don’t move on reformers all of the time, we move out in the regular world. So if I can move them on the reformer, then immediately teach them good movement without it, they move better in the “outside world.”