Maximising Core Strength with Reformer Pilates

Maximising Core Strength with Reformer Pilates

It’s no secret that core strength is important. The core muscles, which include the abdominals, obliques, lower back, and pelvic floor muscles, play a central role in supporting and connecting the upper and lower body. From driving stability and balance to supporting good posture, the stronger your core strength the less likely you are to suffer from back pain and the myriad health problems that can stem from poor core strength. Incorporating core-strengthening exercises into your fitness routine can contribute significantly to the development and maintenance of core strength. So let’s dive deeper into how to do just that with reformer Pilates below.


The reformer Pilates advantage

At the heart of reformer Pilates lies a distinctive approach—slow, controlled movements that forge a powerful connection between mind and body. Emphasising one movement at a time and gradually layering on complexity extends the time under tension, ensuring heightened muscle engagement and, consequently, optimal results. The reformer, equipped with a sliding carriage, adjustable springs, and an array of straps, offers both resistance and support, amplifying the impact of every exercise. This low-impact yet effective workout prioritises form and muscle control over speed and strength.



Precision and control

While Pilates may sometimes involve speed and integrate elements of cardio, reformer Pilates zeroes in on precision and control.  Ensuring correct form and supersetting muscle groups guarantees a comprehensive full-body workout. As you strive for balance on the reformer, your core muscles are continuously activated, fostering both precision and overall body awareness. This meticulous approach not only hones in on core muscles but also cultivates improved posture and alignment.


Increased resistance for greater challenge

The adjustable springs on the reformer allow for personalised resistance levels, making it an ideal tool for individuals of all fitness levels. By progressively increasing resistance, you can continuously challenge your core muscles, promoting strength development over time. Unlike conventional strength training, lighter springs often translate to intensified core engagement—especially evident in exercises like planks where heavier springs will translate to shoulders and arms working more to support your core muscles while lighter springs will see more pressure put on your core.


Muscle engagement

The versatility of the reformer allows for a wide range of exercises that specifically target the abdominals, obliques, and lower back muscles, providing a holistic approach to core strength development.


Balance and posture

Reformer Pilates shines in exercises designed to enhance balance and flexibility, inevitably contributing to improved posture. Any time you’re focusing on balance during a Pilates class, your core muscles are being invoked. This is why reformer Pilates is so good for strengthening your core—the very nature of movements requiring balance translates into a comprehensive core workout, even when the focus isn’t solely on the core muscles.


If you’re looking to improve your core strength, look no further than reformer Pilates. This transformative exercise method not only promises a stronger core but also helps improve breathwork, posture and flexibility. With a focus on precision, control and utilising balance for a full body workout, the benefits of reformer Pilates go beyond increased physical fitness.

Join us on the reformer, and let’s redefine what it means to be strong, balanced, and invigorated. Your core awaits a new level of strength, and at ViveActive, we’re committed to helping you unlock it, one mindful movement at a time. Here’s to your strengthened core and a healthier, more vibrant you!



– Written by: Jana Lepojevic