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Reformer FAQ: Your Ultimate Guide to Reformer Fitness

Whether you're new to reformers or a seasoned user, this section provides answers to common questions about reformer usage, benefits, and safety tips. Our aim is to empower you with confidence and knowledge for a fulfilling reformer experience. Should you have further inquiries, our team is prepared to support you. Come on in, delve deeper, and relish the rewarding world of reformers! For customized guidance, feel free to reach out to us.

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Reformer Pilates is a method of exercise that uses a specialised piece of equipment that provides resistance and support during movements. 

Since it’s low-impact, movements can be adjusted in various ways to accommodate different body types. The exercises combine strength training, flexibility, and balance all in one go!

Reformer Pilates can be adapted for beginners to advanced athletes, providing varying levels of challenge and support. The machine's resistance and the range of exercises help to build strength, increase flexibility, and improve overall body awareness. Many exercises on the Reformer target the core muscles, aiding in posture, stability, and alignment.

The Kiva Pilates Reformer machine is a specialised piece of equipment used to assist with resistance when exercising.

The machine itself consists of a flat carriage that slides back and forth along tracks within a frame, connected to adjustable springs that provide resistance. Users can pull or push against the springs using straps and handles or pressing against a foot bar. 

The adjustable resistance and guided movement enable a range of exercises. The machine offers targeted and customisable workout options for strength and flexibility. 

Regular Pilates offers a score of benefits to those who wish to find a life-long low-impact way to stay fit. Here’s some of the reasons why people often choose this as part of their day-to-day: 

Improves Core Strength

The targeted resistance and control required in Pilates helps in sculpting the core muscles, leading to a more toned and defined appearance.

Exercises often require controlled movements that utilise the abdominal muscles, obliques, and lower back. This activity helps in building a strong foundation that supports the entire body.

The machine's resistance challenges the core to stabilise the body during various movements. This stabilisation improves coordination and balance, leading to a more functional core.

Benefits Your Spine and Back

Exercises on the reformer promote spinal flexibility, allowing for an increased range of motion. These workouts can be particularly beneficial for those with stiff or sore backs.

By engaging the muscles surrounding the spine, the reformer helps build strong back muscles. The exercise not only improves posture but also supports the spine, alleviating discomfort and promoting overall back health.

Helps With Overall Flexibility and Balance

The machine's smooth, flowing movements encourage joints to move through their full range of motion. Exercising your joints regularly can improve overall health, facilitating ease of movement in daily life.

The machine's ability to target various muscles together helps create a balanced physique, where strength and flexibility are developed evenly throughout the body.

Although Pilates is primarily used as a strengthening exercise, it can be a beneficial part of a weight loss strategy when paired with a calorie deficit.  

While Pilates is not generally considered a high-intensity workout compared to other forms of exercise, it still burns calories. The exact number will depend on the individual's weight, muscle mass, and the intensity of the workout, but regular sessions can contribute to overall calorie expenditure.

We recommend speaking with your trainer or nutritionist before figuring out the best path for your weight loss. 

Currently, Kiva offers three distinct styles of the Pilates Reformer, each tailored to different needs and preferences, and all at competitive price points.

The Reclaim Pilates Reformer is our premium edition for those seeking comfort and functionality. With a padded backboard for optimised comfort, this model represents the pinnacle of quality in our range.

Our classic edition, the Revolve Pilates Reformer, comes with all the necessary trimmings you need to excel in a home workout. This model offers a balanced blend of essential features and a robust design.

For those new to Pilates or seeking an accessible entry point, the Revive Foldable Reformer is our entry-level model. It's perfect for beginners eager to dive headfirst into core strengthening and offers flexibility with its foldable design.

Each model reflects Kiva's commitment to quality and value, offering something for every level of enthusiast, all at prices that reflect our dedication to competitive and accessible fitness solutions. Check them out on the product pages now!

When using a Reformer Pilates machine, it's best to wear fitted, breathable activewear. Loose or baggy attire can get caught in the equipment, so close-fitting yet flexible clothing is preferable. We also recommend clothes without zippers or buttons to prevent damage to the machine or discomfort during exercises. 

Since Pilates is usually performed barefoot, you don’t have to worry about footwear. Simply wear your most comfortable sneakers and socks. 


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Before starting or continuing any exercise routine during pregnancy, including Reformer Pilates, it's vital to consult with your doctor or other healthcare provider. They can assess your situation and recommend whether it's appropriate for you.

If you get the green light from your healthcare provider, look for a Pilates instructor with experience in prenatal training. They will be aware of the modifications and precautions necessary for pregnant clients and can tailor a program to your specific needs and stage of pregnancy.

Your personal goals will play a significant role in determining how often you should use the Reformer machine. 

If you are new to Pilates or reformer exercises, starting with two to three sessions a week is the best way to ease into it. This frequency allows for gradual adaptation and provides time for rest and recovery between sessions.

Those with more experience may find three to five sessions per week suitable, especially if Pilates is a primary form of exercise.