It’s gentle, effective and designed for everyone. If you haven’t already heard about using a reformer in Pilates class, this new fitness craze has been praised by A-listers like Harry Styles, Margot Robbie, Jennifer Aniston and the Kardashians. But what does this kind of workout involve, and how is it different to regular Pilates? We asked new studio Flyproject for the lowdown on its classes, and the specialist equipment used in reformer pilates in Singapore.
What’s the difference between floor Pilates and reformer Pilates?
In short, both forms offer workouts that focus on core strength, flexibility and mind-body connection. Your choice depends on personal preferences and specific fitness goals.
Floor Pilates uses gravity as resistance and emphasises bodyweight exercises performed on a mat on the ground.
Where using a reformer in Pilates differs is through the use of a specialised machine. This machine uses springs for resistance instead of just your body weight. You can try a wider range of exercises using a reformer and adjust the resistance levels to suit your needs. That means you can make your Pilates workout harder or easier – plus, you’ll have more precise control in all your movements.
What is a reformer Pilates class like?
At Flyproject, our classes are categorised into beginner, intermediate and advanced, allowing us to provide opportunities for anyone to participate and progress. The experienced instructors will guide no more than 16 people through a 50-minute reformer class. All participants are looked after by the instructors who are certified to safely guide them through every workout.
We also offer private classes ideal for those who prefer one-on-one sessions for really focusing on conditioning your body – especially if you’re doing heavy workouts. The classes are also great physio for those trying to regain strength after an injury, and also for pregnant women.
What are some class types to suit different fitness levels?
Beginner (Flow): These exercises involve simple and straightforward movements with a focus on refining each movement and learning alignment cues.
Intermediate (Sculpt):During this class you can try more complex and dynamic movements focused on sculpting and technique. The exercises flow and repeat more (e.g. squat to plank) to engage larger muscle groups with bigger movements.
Advanced (Tone): Focusing on progression and control you will be working through complex reformer Pilates sequences. The classes are choreographed for those with a solid understanding of how to use a reformer in Pilates and who want to build strength and precision.
Tell us about the studio.
Our spacious studio in Loewen Gardens in Dempsey is surrounded by greenery. It has a Zen-like atmosphere with calming music and soft, diffused lighting. The environment promotes relaxation, mindfulness and a deeper connection with the body during classes. Facilities include lockers, water dispensers, showers, changing rooms and hair dryers so you can confidently get ready before and after class. There’s also parking right by the studio’s entrance.
What’s next for Flyproject in Singapore?
Our aim is to provide holistic and fun full-body workouts in a creative space where people can achieve their goals with the help of professional trainers. We’re already a well-known name in Kuala Lumpur, and we have other concepts such as Flycycle and Flyfight. While this reformer Pilates studio is our first concept outside of Malaysia, we already have plans to expand our offerings in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
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This article first appeared in the August 2023 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!