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RIALTO Reformer 2 Sep

Which Reformer Is Right For Me?

As a Pilates teacher (Tiffany here) I get asked all the time about what reformers are best to buy for home use or new studios. There are so many Reformers out there with so many benefits it can be hard to choose. Here are a few things to consider….

1. Body Size

Taller bodies….I am 5 feet 10 inches and I fit best on the Studio Reformer by Balanced Body. The carriage and frame size is a bit bigger then most. Plus the spring bar has multiple gear settings. Meaning it can adjust to accommodate the smallest of bodies to the tallest of bodies. Many other Reformers do not!!! I feel like a giant gorilla on Gratz and Peak Reformers. The Balanced Body Studio Reformer also come in a “Stretch” length with 6 extra inches on the frame. This is really nice tall bodies! I have had 3 of my Balanced Body Studio Reformers for about 10 years and they age nicely and the maintenance is fairly simple. For the money these are hands down the best choice if you are looking to buy a Reformer that will last forever and needs minimal maintenance.

If you are a smaller to average size individual the Allegro 2 by Balanced Body is pretty slick. I feel like a giant on this Reformer because the carriage is about 3 inches shorter then the Studio Reformer ?. However it is pretty cool. It feels a bit heavy to me but the moving foot bar is really fun and opens the door to more movement options. In my experience people either love or hate this Reformer. At first I was not a fan of the Allegro 2 but I think it was because I was comparing it to the Studio Reformer. The two Reformers are so different it’s really hard to compare. For me, I prefer the Studio over the Allegro but I know lots of people who feel differently.

2. Space

Do you have enough space for your reformer? If your space is limited and you want to be able to stack your equipment or push it under a bed look into a Stott Reformer. Korin has Stott Reformers in her studio and I really like them. Many studios in cities like London are limited size wise so it’s nice to have the option to stack your Reformers without losing quality.

Price

Balanced Body just came out with a less expensive Reformer model called the Rialto. It looks like the Studio Reformer but about 1/2 the price. They definitely cut a few corners and used materials that are less expensive to save on costs but people are liking this cheaper option. Definitely worth looking into. I probably would not buy this Reformer for a busy studio but I would definitely buy it for my home. If you like the Studio Reformer but not it’s $4,000 price tag, then checkout the Rialto.

If you have any questions about the 3 Reformers I have mentioned feel free to email us at hello@dynamicpilatestv.com. We are both always happy to answer any questions you might have.

25 Jun

Can Pilates help you to lose weight?

In short, yes. But that would make a very dull blog post if I ended there! I would say that 90% of people do Pilates to achieve the desired ‘Pilates body’ But, of course we all know that Pilates does soooo much more good than that!

However, as we’re talking about weight loss here, let me tell you how Pilates can help shed those unwanted pounds. Some might say that you can’t lose weight with Pilates and this is where we disagree wholeheartedly! If you’ve done any of our classes, you’ll know that we (and you) are usually dripping with sweat within probably the first ten minutes! And anything that results in a lot of sweat, also results in some form of weight loss if done on a regular basis. So, it depends what kind of Pilates you’re doing, as obviously if you’re doing a slow beginner’s class for example, then obviously, then you will be moving at a much slower pace to grasp the fundamentals first.

The great thing about dynamic Pilates is the flow of the class, the endurance of the exercises and then level to which you can push yourself, all of which results in a challenging workout that will help you reach your weight loss goals.

That being said, I’m a realist and I always adhere to the saying ‘you can’t out-train a bad diet’. So, no matter how much you train and sweat your butt off, if you go home and eat a bag of doughnuts on a regular basis, then clearly weight loss is not going to come that easily.

If you’re desperate to lose weight, my top tip would be to stop being desperate. Focus on good quality fitness, it has to be something you enjoy and want to make part of your life. And eat for your health, not for the size of your waistline. It may be a slower process, but in the end the results will be more durable.

5 Jun

What are the best Reformer Pilates moves for a strong core?

This is a question as Pilates teachers that we get asked a lot! Either that or, how can I get great abs? Well let me start by saying, that I’m not going to list specific exercises here (although there certainly are a few that really target and promote that sculpting effect) but I’d much rather point out that ALL reformer moves help create a strong core.

When we practice Pilates, we should always maintain the Pilates fundamentals; good basic core connection being one of them. And if you remember that the core is the center of where all movement derives from, then evidently you are ALWAYS in fact training your core whatever you’re doing.

Another point to remember is that a strong core isn’t created by just targeting the abdominal muscles, there are many other areas that assist in creating and supporting a strong core, such as glutes, back and not forgetting a strong upper body to help stabilize. Essentially we should think of our bodies as a synchronized piece of machinery that all works in perfect harmony. Of course as the all know, that’s not always a reality for most of us, but that’s at least what we’re aiming for!

So, let’s talk more about that all important core connection. Since having my third baby I have become even more aware of my pelvic floor and have sought lots of help to try and reverse the prolapse that occurred after my last birth to a rather big baby! 9.5lbs if you were wondering – yes, ouch! (I’ll do a separate blog on this soon.) On the plus side it’s made me so much more aware of my core connection on a whole and whether I’m doing it correctly. Let’s face it we all can get carried away with a movement, especially in dynamic Pilates and forget to ‘engage’. So it’s really important that we constantly remind ourselves to connect, because that’s the root to creating that strong core (and great abs!).

Yes, some exercises require less connection and some require more, but we should always connect. And if we do this, we will be working more efficiently and effectively strengthening the core muscles in ‘less obvious’ core moves, such as squats and upper body work, which benefit greatly from maintaining that core connection.

So, how do you connect properly? Well, since visiting my women’s health physio, she advised me to ‘engage’ slightly differently to how I’ve practiced for years and years! And I have to say to me, her way makes more sense. So here it is:

  • Engage the back passage (as this is indeed where the pelvic floor originates)
  • Draw it forwards to the front passage
  • And then lift upwards as if you’re creating a smiley face from hip to hip. (A nice visual cue that works for most and this is when you will feel TVA activate)

Give it a try and let me know what you think?

It’s of course when you’re in those exercises that apply more pressure to the ‘core’ muscles (such as anything in a curl up or a plank) that we have to work even harder to engage those pelvic floor & TVA muscles and maintain that engagement not allowing the tummy to ‘dome’.

So, to summarize, all reformer moves are great for the core; aim to be more focused on using your deep postural core muscles in ALL your exercises, and work on strengthening glutes and upper body too and collectively everything will get stronger.

Korin

31 May

Reformer Pump

Get ready to bring the gym into your pilates class. This class utilizes 10 pound dumbbell weights, a small pilates ball and the Reformer and is appropriate for ALL fitness levels. Heavy resistance training is essential to maintain strong healthy bones which is why Tiffany has created this Reformer Pump class.

Dynamic PilatesTV 17 Mar

How to recover from creativity burn out

No matter how creative one is we all experience “Burn out”. I believe it’s all apart of the creative process. Burn out is pretty much inevitable and that’s ok as my best flows come after the burn out phase. Flow creations go through 4 phases.

Phase 1- “the spark”. When something you see or feel creates the spark you need to create something new.
Phase 2- “the build out”. When that spark progresses from a idea to actively building and developing a new flow.
Phase 3- “flow peak”. When your new flow is feeling new, fresh and F’’n fabulous.
Phase 4- “ehh”. When your once fabulous flow is feeling worn out and not so fresh.

Now, how do I get back to phase 1?
For starters take a break from that once fabulous flow to help declutter your creative process. It will feel fabulous again in a few weeks. In the mean time watch other people’s movements, from your own clients, other teachers, social media and DPTV. I’m not saying copy everything but maybe you will see one tiny movement that will give you a new perspective. When teaching workshops I often get new ideas from watching other teachers try my workshop flows (BTW, by the time I get to share a flow in a workshop it can feel worn out to me). Seeing my flows on other bodies and seeing their creative additions gives me a whole new view of what else could be done. Just adding a new movement here and there can give the tired flow a “pick me up”. Also, sometimes my client’s simple mistakes may spark a idea. Have you ever had a client turn the wrong direction and you think “wait a minute, that could work”. You never know what will create that “spark” so keep your eyes open and never stop looking? In the mean time tune into dynamicpilatestv.com and steal our moves.

what is dynamic pilates? 1 Mar

What Is Dynamic Pilates TV & How You Can Benefit From Joining?

Like everything, Pilates has been ever evolving since it began wayyyy back with Mr Pilates himself. And today we have so many interpretations of the Pilates technique, some closer to its original form than others. Dynamic Pilates (whether on the reformer or the mat) is a fusion of classical Plates exercises and more athletic style exercises such as lunges, push ups and squats, all performed with the fundamental Pilates Principals in mind, such as breathing, posture, core connection and alignment.

Let’s Explore What Dynamic Pilates Is…

As well as the variation in exercises, the PACE of a Dynamic class is generally a lot quicker. This doesn’t mean that technique is compromised, as the exercises themselves are still mainly slow and controlled, but the transition from one exercise to the next is quick, meaning less rest periods and more of a challenge!

But even the name ‘Dynamic Pilates’ can have so many various interpretations, and here on DPTV we aim to show you as much diversity and styles as possible. We are excited to introduce to you our guest trainers who will all demonstrate their own unique styles.

Personally, we like to create FLOWS which is a series of movements, with minimal spring changes, so that you can literally flow from one move straight into the next…ouch! Don’t underestimate the power of the MUSIC!

Now, on our channel you might not find any music for filming reasons, but in our studios, we love to crank up the music with a playlist that inspires us to move and push that bit harder! It’s surprising how much your clients will work when they are inspired by their favourite tunes!

So, what are the benefits of Dynamic Pilates?

Fitter, Stronger Leaner. The proof is in the pudding as we say in the UK…or should we say CORE OF STEEL? So what are you waiting for! Try our 14 day FREE trial and full access to UNLIMITED Videos.

 

what is dynamic pilates? 1 Mar

What Is Dynamic Pilates TV & How You Can Benefit From Joining?

Like everything, Pilates has been ever evolving since it began wayyyy back with Mr Pilates himself. And today we have so many interpretations of the Pilates technique, some closer to its original form than others. Dynamic Pilates (whether on the reformer or the mat) is a fusion of classical Plates exercises and more athletic style exercises such as lunges, push ups and squats, all performed with the fundamental Pilates Principals in mind, such as breathing, posture, core connection and alignment.

Let’s Explore What Dynamic Pilates Is…

As well as the variation in exercises, the PACE of a Dynamic class is generally a lot quicker. This doesn’t mean that technique is compromised, as the exercises themselves are still mainly slow and controlled, but the transition from one exercise to the next is quick, meaning less rest periods and more of a challenge!

But even the name ‘Dynamic Pilates’ can have so many various interpretations, and here on DPTV we aim to show you as much diversity and styles as possible. We are excited to introduce to you our guest trainers who will all demonstrate their own unique styles.

Personally, we like to create FLOWS which is a series of movements, with minimal spring changes, so that you can literally flow from one move straight into the next…ouch! Don’t underestimate the power of the MUSIC!

Now, on our channel you might not find any music for filming reasons, but in our studios, we love to crank up the music with a playlist that inspires us to move and push that bit harder! It’s surprising how much your clients will work when they are inspired by their favourite tunes!

So, what are the benefits of Dynamic Pilates?

Fitter, Stronger Leaner. The proof is in the pudding as we say in the UK…or should we say CORE OF STEEL? So what are you waiting for! Try our 14 day FREE trial and full access to UNLIMITED Videos.