4 Pilates Mistakes to Avoid on the Reformer

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Alisa shares 4 common mistakes that you're probably doing on the Reformer. Find out how to avoid them and why fixing these common faux pas will make you stronger, more focused, and less prone to injury. Bonus: your teachers will love working with you! Filmed at Pilatesology Studio in Hermosa Beach.

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  1. Jayne O'Brien 3 years ago

    Love this Alisa ????

  2. algocanton 3 years ago

    Very Usefull as usual Alisa. Are you working on subtittles? It would be great! Thanks.

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Hi algocanton, Do you mean subtitles in English or another language? We would love to do that for all of our videos but have found that it’s extremely time consuming and expensive. Let me know if there’s a particular video/s that you would like to see subtitles for and we’ll keep searching for a solution!

      • algocanton 3 years ago

        I’m spanish, but for me subtitles in English would be perfect. Thanks a lots from Seville.

  3. Jeri_McD 3 years ago

    This mini-tutorial has definitely given me pause for thought [(insert thinking emoji :-)] I teach at a studio that has locked in foot bars rather than what I have at home which is the Gratz style footbar. I have my students straddle the carriage to set up their footbar because it is heavy and I don’t want them to torque their back while bending over and making adjustments when changing the position of the footbar: either in the high/ low position, or sliding it forward or backward to adjust for their body/leg length when setting up for footwork. I would like to avoid my client’s backs being torqued and being dismissed from Joe’s studio… suggestions? Thanks, Jeri

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Hi Jeri,
      I think your reason for having your students sit up and straddle is perfectly valid and probably saves time over having them stand up and go to the front of the reformer to change the bar. So in that situation, you’re doing the right thing :). It’s probably a good idea to have them mount the Reformer without straddling it though as I think that is where there’s a good chance of slipping. Thank you for this thoughtful question!

  4. Meljude
    Meljude 3 years ago

    Excellent tips, especially one about the thumb!

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Thanks Meljude, I’m so glad you found that helpful–the thumb trick is super key to getting the strain out of the wrists and working from the right place in the body too. The only thing to keep in mind is that some contemporary Reformers will have an extra large pad on the footbar that is often a bit slippery. I’ve found that those footbars can be difficult to hold onto with your thumb and fingers together so test yours out yourself before you give it to clients. Especially clients with small hands :).

      • Alisa Wyatt Author

        I assumed you’re a teacher–if you’re a student, you’re way ahead of 99% of students for watching this!

  5. soul_eil

    The story about Clara is comedy!!!

  6. Luz Alejandra Lovern

    Thanks Alisa, love it the informative and great tutorial. xoxo

  7. Miguel Silva
    Miguel Silva 3 years ago

    love it!!!

  8. Mary
    Mary 3 years ago

    Thanks for this. I was also trained never to straddle the Reformer. But is there a safety/physical rationale for this? For the other three faux pas reasons are given why not to do. Is there something to the straddle besides “Joe didn’t like it?”

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      I don’t know Joe’s rationale, but in my opinion, it’s easy to slip if you throw your leg over when you’re getting on, plus it looks sloppy and slows everything down–it’s a terrible way to transition! So I can see why Romana would have kept it going. 😉

  9. Andrea Maida

    Well done! I loved this one 🙂 xo

  10. jenna 3 years ago

    thank you Alisa. loved this mini tutorial. more please !

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