Improving your Form: January 23, 2017
We’re all creatures of habit, even with our exercises. But health experts say a new machine is transforming how people exercise by improving their form.
Pilates instructor Jan Chapple says the reformer machine stretches muscles, tests balance, and builds strength. The new machine can only be found at the Wellness Center in Cape Coral. “The reformer is a piece of equipment that we use for Pilates. It is a platform that you lie on, sit on, kneel on, or stand on.”
The machine uses spring resistance to help people target different muscles in their body. “They put their feet on a bar in front and they move in and out with the springs and that immediately gives me the opportunity to look at their form and how their alignment is in their body,” said Chapple.
Our bodies have more than 600 muscles, but when we exercise or do regular activities we tend to only use our major muscles. The reformer improves form and realigns the body while using other muscles.
Cheryl Neal has been a trainer for more than a decade. The reformer helped her target areas she had overlooked. “It was very eye opening to me that I could feel parts of my body that I had never really experienced before.”
“What you’re looking at is distracting the major muscles from working. What we want to do is activate with the mind certain parts of the body that haven’t been activated,” said Chapple.
The reformer can benefit people with injuries, chronic pain, or who just want to improve their workout. It’s a new option appropriate for any age.
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