Beginner Pilates Reformer Class with Kathryn Ross Nash

Apparatus How To – Basic Gratz Reformer

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In this apparatus demonstration, Kathi Ross-Nash thoroughly explains the uses and proportions of the traditional Reformer and the reasons Joe Pilates created it the way he did. Kathi first shows you how to properly set up and use your Reformer, explaining how the angles of the footbar, shoulder blocks, straps, etc… are proportioned to fit any body regardless of height. She then takes a student through a basic level workout to illustrate how the body fits within the frame that the Reformer provides, and how the exercises here parallel the exercises on the mat. Whether you’re a Pilates enthusiast or an Instructor of many years, there is much to learn from Kathi’s talent for communicating and evoking the exacting standards and true depth in the Pilates method. If you enjoy this class, check out Flowing Beginner Workout, where Kathi puts it all together in a workout format. For info on training with Kathi visit:

What Others Are Saying


  1. Jon Hawkins

    The first clip that introduced me to the brilliance of Kathi’s teaching and I keep coming back and getting more out of it. Thinking of the action of the pelvis during Roll Back on the mat to close the carriage in Elephant. Could feel my lower back opening. Delicious!

  2. Marta Cuervo-Ostro
    MCO 3 years ago

    Hello beauty! I’ve been a little “flat” with my Pilates practice so decided to challenge my self to doing your videos on Pilatesology. Started with this one. It’s excellent! I am inspired and my students better watch out this week as I am going back to Basics with them. Thank you!!XOXOXO

  3. janie jennings 5 years ago

    Your cueing is so easy to follow, and helps me understand the exercise so much better. You are a great instructor and keep them coming.

  4. hojnikova
    hojnikova 6 years ago

    Had my morning coffee and watched this video. So helpful and fun to watch! Love it. Now I really need to go do the tree :-).
    Thank you Kathi so much for all your great work!

  5. SerenityDiva
    SerenityDiva 6 years ago

    Wonderful session. I’ve joined two other websites but the cueing is awful, I was able to utilize my reformer without as much pausing the video constantly and that’s a huge thing for me 😉

  6. Marina Walchli 6 years ago

    Was thinking of Romana today & that she held you in such high regard as a teacher and practioner of Pilates – your classes on Pilatesology deepen my teaching & practice with simple detail – I only wish you held workshops in Ohio! All my best to you!

  7. Kathi Ross Nash Author

    Jay teaches it that way as well and it truly connects to all the advanced exercises!

  8. Sarah Preston 7 years ago

    Truly insightful and a hugely valuable learning tool. Thank you so much to Kathi and Pilatesology for making this amazing work available to us all.

  9. Suebelle
    Suebelle 8 years ago

    Always so clear and simply elegant. As everyone else has said , more from Kathi. Always my favorite!!

  10. carmen
    carmen 8 years ago

    Thank you for this lesson…I had many ahha! moments and “that’s why we do that!” comments while I watched this lesson. I just ordered my Gratz reformers for my studio and really excited to feel the ride:) AND thanks for the Threading of exercises too…Thanks Kathi!

  11. Kathi Ross Nash Author

    It’s all about the shoes!!! ;))))

  12. Reb 8 years ago

    Great cuing, Kathi! And I love the shoe!

  13. Ynowak 8 years ago

    That is my now favorite basic tree! Loved the stretch of straightening the arms and pulling the stomach away from the leg. Delicious.

  14. arlene

    This session was really important to me and most memorable. Mahalo Kathi for clarifying the height and depth and width of the basics so that we’re better equipped to progress ourselves and our students properly.
    So totally grateful to Pilatesology for bringing us opportunities to study the extraordinary teaching skills of Kathi Ross-Nash.

    • Kathi Ross Nash Author

      I am truly humbled and touched by your kind remarks! I love this work so much! I am grateful to Alisa and Jack for thier hard work in trying to bring together so many teachers with so many wonderful vantage points. Thank you for enjoying mine!

  15. Kathi Ross Nash Author

    Thank You and YES!!! the splits can be done on the mat. I recommend place a towel under your knee to slide!

    • joesmat 8 years ago

      Thank you for suggesting using a “towel” under the knee. It’s a BIG stretch – thank you.
      Also, to-day in my mat practice with the HUNDRED I took onboard your recommendation about positioning the arms at the “right level” when coming up in the set up….it really is a whole new connection into the back. Please come back and continue this lesson to conclusion! A treasure to the home practitioner.

      • Kathi Ross Nash Author

        the basic mat is to come as well as some pretty fun very advanced work… Pilatesology is the best!! I hope you check out all the AMAZING teachers on this site!
        Nothing beats Pilates!

        • joesmat 8 years ago

          Your prompt resplies, encouragement and willingness to share your knowledge of the Classical work is truly commendable.

          Indeed Pilates for longevity, and Pilatesology forever!

          Sincerely appreciated,

  16. Mistycat11 8 years ago

    Awesome explanations, tactile cueing and attention to flow. I would love to see more of these, fantastic!!!

    • Kathi Ross Nash Author

      I have them for both the basic mat and intermediate Reformer and Mat up as well! Hope you enjoy those as well!

  17. joesmat 8 years ago

    Well I am just a simple “matfella”, but, I took so much from this Reformer work that I can now focus on in my mat practice.
    The explanation about the targeted area in the “Tree” was truly enlightening, and how it works your back. Likewise, The “Splits” exercise with one foot on the footbar, again, was very interesting. I wonder can this also be worked on the mat? Again, I particularily liked how it was revealed that it gets into your back and hips. It’s all in the detail and so beautifully articulated. Thank you very much for sharing.

    • Kathi Ross Nash Author

      It can be done on the mat- all of them can 🙂 don’t forget the reformer was to build and correct the alignment and strength, stretch and control for the Mat!!! The mat is the heart and soul

  18. as usual – fantastic, and very very useful. More from Kathi, please.

  19. Kathi Ross Nash Author

    Thank you thank you thank you!!! I
    Beyond honored that you liked it!!!!

  20. DKimbro 8 years ago

    That was awesome! Thank you!!! More Kathi please 🙂

  21. mlmllm68 8 years ago

    I think that was the most beautiful class ! I would love to see more from Kathy. Yes!

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