Reformer Pilates: Medieval torture or fantastic workout?

We explain what it’s all about and what you can achieve in our classes




You’ve heard about it, seen pictures of it, your friends are talking about it but you still don’t really know what it is? Well we’re here to help. Trust us, it’s easy.

Let’s start with the basics. Pilates, in all forms, is exercise that aims to strengthen, lengthen, balance and tone the body. 

Reformer Pilates does all this and the exercises are performed on a bed-like frame, called a reformer. See, easy!

The reformer has a moving carriage, and springs to provide resistance. We use different combinations of these springs to make the exercises easier or harder for you.

Our Reformer classes at HQ are structured by level of difficulty to accommodate the stage you are at in your Pilates journey.



Beginner is for anyone who has not done reformer Pilates before or who hasn’t participated in exercise for quite some time. In a beginner class you will learn the basics. This will help you build a solid base for increasing your strength and flexibility. You will also learn the main exercises that we build all our classes around. You may not get a puff up or get hot sweaty in your first few classes. But our beginner classes are about learning a foundation, understanding how your body moves, and building mastery over your body and the key movements.

Once you master these movements, the real fun begins and you are ready for our intermediate classes.


In these classes we start to push you towards some fun, end-goal exercises. The end goal being what you will achieve in an advanced class (you know, those Insta worthy snap shot moves).

The intermediate classes are designed to teach you all of the elements needed to achieve the high-level exercises, while steadily building your strength, mobility and confidence to get there. We begin to challenge your endurance, co-ordination and strength, and we gradually progress the exercises week to week as you improve.

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Here it’s all about reaching the top of the mountain. We challenge your full body. We up the tempo to make you sweat, maybe even puff. We flow from one exercise to the next, and we start to get you pushing towards handstands, back bends and bridges and so many other fun things.

At HQ, it’s all about you. Everyone progresses at their own pace, so there is no exact time that you will spend in any one level of class. Our instructors will guide you and test your limits and when they feel that you have reached the key movements and strength needed they will suggest that you try the next class level. 

If you feel like you are ready for an extra challenge though, let our instructors know. They’ll be sure to:
1) push you a little more in your given level of class and help you hit that next class level; or
2) pay extra attention to your technique and let you know the areas that you may need to work on to achieve the next level of class. 

Ready to give it a try?

At HQ we want you to feel comfortable, so we have a number of ways for you to get started. Click here to view the Starter Plus or Beginner packages, and if you need more information, just give us a call or email. We’d love to hear from you.

Steph and The Pilates HQ Team xx