You’ve brought home your very own Reformer. Now what?

Benefits of reformer Pilates from the comfort of your home

You bit the bullet and purchased your very own Reformer Pilates machine to have at home. Woohoo! (We like your style.) Now you’ve unboxed your beauty, what comes next? We’re here to help. 

There’s no denying the power of Reformer Pilates. Just ask Harry Styles. And if you can experience all those benefits from the comfort of your own living room? Well, we’d say that’s living the dream. 

So if you’ve managed to snap up a Reformer Pilates machine of your own – whether it’s a Barre Body machine, an Aldi Reformer or anything in between – you’re in luck! Your movement practice, your body and your soul are about to enter their next era. Once the unboxing is done (and hopefully documented on your socials), it’s time to get to work. Here are our top tips on kicking off your own at-home Reformer Pilates practice. 

Find your space.

Modern Reformer Pilates machines are streamlined and space-efficient (some will even slide under your bed). Even so, finding the right space for your Reformer is key to making it a joy to use. Pop it in front of your television for easy access to your online classes (or for some sneaky core work while watching the latest episode of True Detective). Place it at the end of your bed for a daily reminder to hop on each morning. Or even situate it on your back deck (undercover, of course) to enjoy your movement while surrounded by the sounds of nature. Wherever it ends up, make sure you have everything you need nearby. A screen (to watch along with your favourite classes), a water bottle and a speaker for your favourite tunes are must-haves.  

Get familiar with your machine. 

This is your Pilates Reformer machine, so it’s time to make it feel like home! Take a deep dive into your instruction manual, set up the machine to suit your unique body, and get familiar with all the elements. The straps will be the best place to start, as you’ll be calling upon them in each class you take. Play around and have fun with it – this is going to be your new best friend!

Find your online Reformer classes. 

Sure, you can move around on your at-home Reformer Pilates machine yourself, creating sequences and flows based on how you’re feeling. (In fact, that’s one of our favourite things to do.) But if you really want to take your workouts up a notch and make the most of this new machine you have in your hot little hands, it’s time to turn yourself over to the professionals. Signing up for an online workout subscription is your fastest way to gain access to world-class instructors and classes, from wherever you’ve set up your Reformer. At Barre Body Online, that’s what we do best. We have hundreds of classes available on-demand (with more released each week), including a full catalogue of classes to be taken on your at-home Pilates Reformer machine. Taught by the best in the business from our home studio Bende in Byron Bay, you’re in the very best hands. With a 14-day free trial and workouts that cover Reformer, Pilates, Barre, Yoga, Strength and so much more, what are you waiting for? 

Online workout for Aldi Reformer Machine and other at home reformers

Save your playlists.

The only thing better than a Reformer Pilates workout? A Reformer Pilates workout set to an epic playlist. At Barre Body Online, that’s part of our specialty – creating beats that make you want to move. Here are some of our favourites to add to your collection – 40-Minute Feeling Strong, 30-Minute Burner, and 45-Minute Reformer Fit

Schedule in your workouts. 

You know what they say. When you fail to plan, you plan to fail. While we personally think “failing” is a little harsh (if not impossible) when it comes to Reformer workouts, we can get behind a weekly plan. Schedule your Reformer workouts into your diary like they’re an important meeting. A meeting with yourself, putting your wellbeing at the forefront of your priorities? We think that’s the best type of meeting. 

Take your love a step further.

If you’ve found yourself working out on your at-home Reformer regularly, falling in love with your movement practice and thinking, “Sheesh, I wish I could have a little more of this in my life,” then it may be time to think about Teacher Training. Not just designed for those looking to become an instructor, a Reformer Pilates Teacher Training course (done 100% from home!) will see you deepening your own practice and taking your skills to the next level. The fact that you graduate with a shiny certificate that allows you to teach from anywhere in the world (including that living room of yours)? That’s just the icing on the cake. 

Get moving with your at-home Reformer. 

With a Barre Body Online subscription, you’ll receive access to hundreds of workouts to suit whatever your body is craving – from Reformer, to Barre, to Yoga and everything in between. With a 14-day free trial, is it time to dive in?