Joseph Pilates, native to Germany, was living in England when he was placed in forced internment at the outbreak of World War I. While in the internment camp, he began to work with rehabilitating detainees who were suffering from diseases and injuries. He utilized items that were available to him, like bed springs and beer keg rings, to create resistance exercise equipment for his patients. These were the unlikely beginnings of the equipment we use today, like the Reformer!
The Reformer provides finely tuned exercise resistance that allows one to work very precisely to develop good alignment, core strength, and flexibility. Instruction on the Reformer can train many parts of the body in many different ways with just one sleek piece of equipment. The Reformer’s set-up for eccentric contraction is one of the keys to achieving the long, strong muscles without bulk for which Pilates is known.