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Pilates Reformer FAQ

Pilates Reformer Frequently Asked Questions

Will I lose weight using a reformer?

You may not lose pounds by using the reformer alone, but you’re likely to see your body shape change to a leaner physique due to the nature of the Pilates exercises. However, you are burning up calories in your workout, so you can use the reformer as part of a weight-loss regimen along with diet and/or other fat-burning exercises.

How many calories will I burn?

Because the exercises are so varied, and because calorie burn also depends on body type, it’s hard to pinpoint, but researchers estimate that you can burn between 240 and 480 calories per hour.

How often should I use the reformer to see results?

Most users see good results using the reformer three times a week. Due to the variety of exercises, you can’t overdo it, so it’s fine to use the reformer daily for faster results.

Can I use a reformer after an injury or having surgery?

Yes, with the advice of your doctor and under the supervision of a certified Pilates instructor. These machines were originally designed for rehab and are perfect for non-weight-bearing exercise or for accommodating other physical limitations. There are specific exercises that can be used for your situation, so consult your Pilates coach. Used correctly, you’re likely to have a much better outcome than if you stay sedentary.