Can the Pilates reformer replace strength training?
On a Pilates reformer, you are working with resistance, and your own body weight acts as resistance as well. Some of the benefits of working on the reformer include:
- Increased core strength, flexibility and mobility
- Better balance and body awareness
- Spinal lengthening and posture Heightened neurological coordination
- Increased joint range of motion
- Correction of over trained muscles groups
- Better mind/body connection
Pilates reformers are great for building longer leaner muscles without bulking up. You can get a total body workout on the reformer and perform rehabilitative exercises. A Pilates reformer is also great for athletes and, depending on the accessories of the reformer, it is also great for a cardiovascular workout with the jumpboard.
Whether the Pilates reformer will replace strength training or not depends on your fitness goals. I don’t think one will replace the other as they both have great benefits and can be done together. You can get a lot of variety of movement from both strength training and the reformer, and you can also be muscle specific with both. If you wanted to bulk up for a competition or something like that, then I would add in strength training with free weights or machines on top of a Pilates workout. If you are looking to simply tone up without bulk, or if you are working on injury recovery and improving posture while gaining a greater sense of core strength, a Pilates reformer workout a few times a week is perfect.