Fifty Shades of Yellow

The walls in this room should be painted red. The red room of pain. At least that's what I envisioned when i stepped foot in to my first Pilates Reformer class.  I stood over this machine, biting my lower lip, twirling my hair , wondering what the hell I had just signed up for.

I've been doing mat Pilates twice per week for over a month, and my instructor (who I love, her name is Jennifer, highly recommend!) was offering a 30 minute "intro to Reformer" class immediately following our normal Pilates class. I signed up weeks ago and she only takes 3 students at a time. I am still learning all the names, positions, etc., so basically I'll just post pics and try to describe what we did!

In this exercise she had us lay on our back, shoulders NOT pressed up in to the pads, feet touching at the heels, and then we pressed up, moving our entire body up, squeezing our inner thighs and butt. It was awesome. And hard.

Same movement, just changed foot position. Worked different muscles. Awesome.

And again, changing up the feet changed up the muscles.


These springs are what is giving the user all the resistance. Red is the most difficult, then blue, then yellow.

She had us remove all the springs EXCEPT the two red ones on either end, and then place our feet in the stirrups.

With our feet in the stirrups we slid our body up and down only using our feet. Another amazing feeling as different muscles were being asked to work!


I loved working on the Reformer machine. And would sign up for the class in a heartbeat. But it's expensive! For a 6 week class, 3X per week, it's $489. And that's in addition to my monthly gym membership. For now, I'll have to be satisfied with Mat Pilates and hope that I can win some sort of Wellness Center contest to get myself in the Reformer class.

Pilates has done amazing things for my body in a relatively short period of time. My inner thighs are gaining massive amounts of strength. My hip flexors are loosening up which is enabling me to be a faster runner and cyclist. Pilates has also done wonders on my core. My obliques are becoming "somewhat" chiseled and I'm able to do more difficult core work for longer periods of time. I am still having some issues with the tightness of my hamstrings, but I can tell that Pilates will help me to work through that, and it gives me a goal to work towards! Double win!

Have you taken a Pilates Reformer class? Does your gym charge extra for it??

Comments (8) -

  • I love working on the reformer. I had to take about a dozen one on one classes before I could take the level one instructor class last year. It is amazing how effective it is!
  • Oh that is really cool!  Yellow is supposed to be a soothing color.  Did you feel soothed?  lol  Love the photos!
  • I have, and it feels great. I love that there is no back and neck pressure in those positions. I took my family to the grand opening of a friend's pilates studio years back, and had Brian lie on one. He couldn't believe how quickly he felt the burn! When I do aerial yoga, there are reformers and a cadillac in the room. One lady comes in and knows exactly what she is doing, and zips through the machines like a pro by herself, and walks out 20 mins later - done. And she looks amazing. Like a 40 year old with a ballet dancers body.

    By the way, I think your blog remembers me and keeps making my math problems harder and harder!
  • I've always wondered what those machine Pilates classes are like! It looks like it would really be helpful for your hips. I have seen that they are really expensive though. That's nice that they had a free intro class!
  • I haven't even taken a Pilates class! Glad it is helping with your running and cycling, though!
  • I've heard that Pilates is amazing to sculpt and tone lean muscle in a short amount of time like you said, but it is very expensive! Almost $500 for 6 weeks? Wow! Its a shame that a lot of these awesome fitness sessions cost so much money or else I'd really like to try all of them to see what works. Either way, looks like a fun class!
  • This sounds exciting, and I'm very curious, but that machine LOOKS super intimidating. I probably would have been too scared to go to the class without a friend along. I'm a wuss!
  • That is so cool.  I have seen them, but I have never tried one. I need to. Thanks for the info!
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