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This video on the Reformer is directed at Pilates instructors who are looking to enter Vintage Pilates’ teachers program: The Work, led by First Generation Teacher Jay Grimes. In this assessment, Sandy Shimoda covers the exercises and skills that are required for entrance into the program. Demonstrating for Sandy are students from the current program: Miguel Silva, Noam Gagnon, Fernando Sadir, and Ignacio Rodriguez. She teaches the session as she would lead an actual assessment, watching to see that her students know how to set up, how to practice the exercises, and how they might adjust the exercise for their own body. She also offers notes on what she is looking for in an assessment, for instance, where a movement originates or what she wants to see in a body as it works. Filmed at Vintage Pilates in West Los Angeles, CA.

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  1. ewapilates
    ewapilates 3 years ago

    Sandy has just hypnotized me here:) … her friendly, calm, encouraging voice was the very best of cueing I have ever been following so far; Guys – You are Great:)!!!

  2. Noor
    Noor 3 years ago

    I wish i filmed my first assessment on the reformer just to witness how much my body changed from then and my understanding grew (and still and always growing) because
    seeing them here and seeing them in the present moving i can see how much the work changed their bodies. It is truly amazing and they are amazing!!! love this group

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Noor, so true. Once the information is received, it marinates in the bodies and minds of the practitioners. All of our graduates continue to amaze me with their progress. Very inspiring.

  3. Luz Alejandra Lovern

    Sandy, this Reformer assessment is beyond of my expectation in a very good way. The important here is work with our own body and that made our work unique. What Vintage is looking is the Contrology that is in our body, mind and soul. Exactly what Joe Pilates said. Miguel, Noam, Fernando y Ignacio they are a great example each of one of them unique and that why I am totally commitment to my own practice and learn from all of you out there. The fundamental here is to understand our body and be present with flow. As you said “No Stop no either Rush” just keep moving. And let our body be our own book.

    Big thanks and gracias,

    Love, Luz

  4. Jeri_McD 4 years ago

    Thank you for this video showing men demonstrating the reformer assessment. I have a Balanced Body reformer that has 3 red, 1 green, and 1 blue spring. How does the spring resistance compare? From what I understand the Gratz springs are made differently and are tighter than BB springs.

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Jeri – you are welcome! As it turns out there are many differences between Balanced Body and Gratz equipment that change your ability to connect to and deepen your center – springs, dimension of the bed and bix, angle of the footbar, etc. It also depends on which model you have. Since there is some variance in the number of springs used for each body on a Gratz, I find that I need to tailor the adjustment of the springs to the body I am working with. Since I work mainly with Gratz I would suggest talking to an instructor that works regularly with both brands. In fact if there is anyone out there who does, please chime in!

      • LauraCotler
        LauraCotler 3 years ago

        Jeri_McD this is a reply to your comment from a year ago! Not sure if you’re still needing advice but I regularly work with BB equipment and also work on Gratz. The green spring on BB is the most comparable to the Gratz reformer although as Sandy said there are so many differences (oh that loooong reach from the box to the springs for your backstroke to teaser transition….yikes!). If you would like to email me I will tell you how to set up your BB reformer to make it easier to do the Classical work (measurements for ropes for which exercises, risers, use of handles versus foot straps, etc.). and send you some pictures of rope measurements.

  5. Miguel Silva 5 years ago

    I just loved be part of this group of guys! Thank you Sandy, thank you pilatesology! It’s an excellent video for all the Pilates teachers who wants to apply for the Work!!!! 🙂

  6. Who are the gentlemen involved in this video?

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