Pilates

You Can Get a Reformer-Level Full-Body Pilates Workout With Little More Than a Resistance Band

Tehrene Firman

Every time you hop onto a Pilates reformer, you get an undeniably great workout. That’s a fact. How can you not when it fires up every muscle in your body? Unfortunately, as any SLT enthusiast already knows, reformer workouts don’t come cheap.

Whether you’re taking classes multiple times a month or looking into at-home Pilates machine options, your bank account can get wiped pretty quickly. But with this 25-minute full-body Pilates workout from instructor Chloe De Winter, you can get a reformer-level workout using only two simple pieces of equipment.

In the latest episode of Good Moves, De Winter goes through a series of exercises that only require a resistance band and some sliders. Or, some things you have chillin’ around your home. “If you don’t have sliders, you can use a dish cloth or a sock,” she says. Throughout the workout, you’ll use those tools to mimic the movements typically done on a reformer for a full-body burn that will leave you just as sore as any class, minus the costly fee.

“I know it’s been a long time since some of us have seen the reformer,” she says. “I wanted to give you a little bit of a taste of some of that work that we do.”

The 25-minute full-body Pilates workout starts off with the resistance band, which ensures your muscles get activated as much as possible. “Try and keep resistance on the band the whole time you’re using it so you’re feeling the work,” she says. Then, you’ll move onto the sliders, where you’ll work your quads, hamstrings, glutes, and more with a lunge series that won’t just challenge your strength, but also your balance skills.

When you’re ready to get in a challenging reformer Pilates workout sans reformer, tap play on the video above… and prepare to get sweaty.

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