Full Pilates Reformer Order and How To Do Each Exercise

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  • Author: Lesley Logan
  • November 21, 2019
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Joseph Pilates’ classical order on the Reformer

Welcome to your full body Pilates workout on the Reformer with the entire classical order. I’m going to teach you Joseph Pilates’ order on the Reformer and how to do it right.

I’m Lesley Logan, I’m the co-founder of OnlinePilatesClasses.com. I’ve been doing Pilates since 2005, teaching since 2008. One of my teachers was one of Joseph Pilates’ clients, and all the others I’ve trained with happen to train with Romana who also trained with Joseph Pilates. So I’ve got your full order here, trained and many years experience in it, you can use this to enjoy parts of it with me, you can watch the parts you don’t know, you can use this as a reference material. This workout is gonna be something I know you’re gonna come back to over and over again.

Before we get started, let’s talk about what the classical order even is. So what it means is that Joseph Pilates had an order on the Reformer and his clients would just come in, get on the Reformer and do their order, and they would omit the exercise they were not ready for. So what’s really amazing about Joseph Pilates’ order is once you know it, and you start to understand the exercises for your body, you can come and do your workout without actually having to go to a specific class at a set time. Each exercise is designed to warm you up for the next. You’ll see we’ll still always start with footwork. But the exercises towards the end are compounding exercises from those at the beginning. So you’ll really want to build yourself up. Now, when you’re a beginner, you won’t do all of this at the same time.

Pilates on the Reformer has an incredible flow

Pilates on the Reformer has an incredible flow from one exercise to the next. And, when you know what comes next you can feel how each exercise prepares you for what is to come. Again, you don’t need to do every exercise on the Reformer to do Pilates. Do what you can each time you hit your Reformer and feel free to omit what you are not ready for or replace an exercise with something that will prepare you for the one you are skipping. But, remember, if you don’t like a Pilates exercise you probably need it.

Follow Joseph Pilates’ orders and intentions

In our OPC membership, we always follow Joseph Pilates’ orders and intentions. We will remove exercises that are not part of a theme or part of the level that we’re teaching you at that time. If you’d like to have other materials that help you understand this order, I have a Reformer flashcards deck. We do have a card that has the entire order on it. All the cards are set up in an order so that the transition from one exercise to the next is included. And we even put transitions from an intermediate exercise to another intermediate exercise or to an advanced exercise, depending on the level that you’re ready for. So get that deck if you haven’t gotten it already. And finally, if you have any questions, comments, wonders worries about this workout, please put in the comments below.

If this looks like a lot don’t worry. Not every exercise is for everybody. And, some of these you may take years to get to. Also, several are easily omit-able. You don’t have to do all the backbends. You can pick one or two. Mermaid and Headstands are often omitted.

Classical Pilates Reformer Order

So, here is the Classical Pilates Reformer Order with tips on how to do them in the videos. Let’s get into it!

Pilates is a practice, not a perfect

Hook those handles, pat yourself on the back. Pilates is a practice, not a perfect. So do the best you can each time you hit your Reformer. If you need accountability and guidance, be sure to join the weekly online Reformer membership. Every single week we drop a new Reformer class on OPC. It’s 30 minutes, and every month we drop a 50 minute version. Each class has a theme. That theme goes with either the 30 Minute Mac class, or the other 50 minute classes. And the goal is for you to see how this method actually intertwines and weaves itself together. It is designed to help you be in practice, not in perfection.

Share your a-ha moments

We also have an amazing community, we can ask questions, share a-ha moments, get feedback on the equipment that you have, the setup that you’re using, the exercises that you’re doing, if they’re the ones for you, what your homework should be, and we help hold you accountable, which is better than I can say for any other platform that’s out there. You can have lots of access, but that accountability part is really hard – not to OPC we help you do that. So please do me a favor. If you really liked, go give our trial a try, check out us here and see if we are the right place for you. And again, questions, comments, you could put them below, but if you’re OPC member put them in the group, I answer them daily.

And, be sure to check out how the Mat exercises and their order support the Reformer ones here.

xx~LL

By Lesley Logan

Lesley Logan, NCPT, is the founder of OnlinePilatesClasses.com, the first free online catalogue of Pilates exercise tutorial videos, where you can also find weekly online mat classes and workshops. When not teaching from her studio in Los Angeles, Lesley can be found traveling the world leading Pilates retreats, or offering Pilates business coaching to studio owners and other instructors through her private mastermind group. Connect with Lesley on instagram @lesley.logan or through the contact page on this site.

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4 comments

  1. Hi Lesley,

    Thanks for responding to my question on IG. We met a cpl yrs ago at PMA when I was an Equinox Teacher Trainer. I now have started my own teacher training program in the DC area and am looking for coaching on how to be successful with this biz. I am so excited I have been invited to present at PMA this year and I am envisioning 2020 to be an extremely expansive year for my Pilates biz! Time is super squeezed for me (as for most people) with the many balls I have in motion and I am looking to connect with you and your community for purposeful support to grow to the next level of influence.

    What are my options with LL?

    Thanks!!!

    Mariah, owner of Insight Pilates
    @insightpilates

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SUCH A TEASE

ONLINE MAT & REFORMER PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

Teaser is probably one of the most photographed exercises in Pilates. Which makes people think it's a "peak pose." But, it's anything but! It's simply another layer to your Pilates practice. This week we will acknowledge how each exercise contributes to your ability to do Teaser (someday) and then how Teaser teaches you where to get curious in your practice.

On the Mat we will use light weights for one round of Teaser as they can be helpful for those still adding into their practice.
No props on the Reformer.

See you in class,

xx~LL

MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, light weights and a Mat!

>> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a Reformer!

>> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

UP, UP, & AWAY

ONLINE MAT, REFORMER, CADILLAC & WUNDA CHAIR PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

We are all going to feel like Super Humans after this month!!

Whenever I’m in a hard exercise (for me) where I’m holding myself up with my arms and reaching my legs away I picture myself with super human strength!!! I can do ANYTHING! It makes me smile and helps me stay STRONG.

This month our exercise is Up Stretch and when you think about it - reaching your legs away and staying strong over the carriage may feel a lot like flying!

We’ll be focusing on stabilizing our strong cores while staying equally balanced in our arms and legs. We are giving you some amazing building blocks by merging strength and stretch in all directions. You are going to get a little bit of everything that you can use to connect to your Up Stretch (and even your Roll Up and Knee Stretches Off).

Chair: Please have a foam roller and a balance pad available. We are going to challenge your balance safely.

xx-LL

CRAB SPECIAL

Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

I've had a lot of questions about the Crab on the Mat and I think there are a lot of fears around it. I believe you can Crab sooner than you think! On the Mat, the focus is about the Crab which comes at the end of the order, so let see how everything we do is to prep for it. On the Reformer, there's so much we can strengthen and practice so that you can do the Crab. Let's make a Crab Special!

Mat - Magic Circle. If you don't have one, you can use a ball or theraband or an old pair of leggings

Reformer - no props needed

See ya in class,

xx~LL 💋

    MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, Magic Circle (ball, theraband or old pair of leggings) and a mat!

    >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

    REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a reformer!

    >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

    LOVE A TRANSITION

    Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

    I'm not a big fan of cardio anymore. I used to be! OMG did I use to be! I loved to run! But, the move to Vegas made running half the year torture. And then I discovered that cardio isn't super awesome as I age. SOOO.. in come more Pilates and weight lifting. That being said, getting your heart rate up is amazing. So, when you flow...meaning you transition from one exercise to the next without stopping you will feel your heart rate spike! It also can be quite the challenge. So full permission to rest!

    No props needed

    See ya in class,

    xx~LL 💋

    MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, and a mat!

    >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

    REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, and a reformer!

    >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

    HIPPY KI-YAY, MAT & REFORMER

    Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

    To find the work, we’ll use a hip band and mix some reformer exercises into the mat workout and some mat exercises into the reformer workout. We’ll work on finding connections to our hips while loosening them up and making them stronger.

    Mat Props: hip band, light weights, and something to prop the hips up.
    Reformer Props: hip band and your typical reformer pieces

    See you in class,

    Rachel

      MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, hip band, light weights and a mat!

      >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

      REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, hip band and a reformer!

      >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

      TWIST LOVE

      Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

      Continuing our love month with another spine shape to love -Twist! Again, if you can't twist you can still enjoy this workout on the Mat or Reformer because we still explore the power of Round, Extension, Side Bend and Tall!

      Twisting is tricky and key! Its one of the first spine shapes we lose if we take it for granted. So get ready to explore all the twists. And, find strength while doing it!

      No props needed.

      See ya in class,

      xx-LL 💋

      MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a mat!

      >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

      REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a reformer!

      >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

      WISH I WAS A BALLER

      Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

      In this class, we will use the small ball in a variety of ways to find more connection in each exercise. Finding your upper back, Thass and inner thighs to name a few. We have added a few variations and a little creativity to make this class fun and challenging. Hopefully in the end you will feel like a baller!

      Props needed:
      Reformer - small ball and sitting box
      Mat - small ball

      See you in class,

      Mindi

      MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, small ball and a mat!

      >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

      REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, small ball, sitting box and a reformer!

      >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

      WINTER WONDERLAND

      Online Mat, Reformer, Cadillac & Wunda Chair Pilates Class Descriptions:

      OPC Teacher Christine loves the snow! Snowy days make her happy. So during the winter season, her Pilates practice is more to support her snowy activities. Skiing, Ice Skating, Snowboarding and more! In class, we’ll work on some breathing, balance, lower body stamina, and upper body strength to carry all that gear!

      Cadillac/Tower = no props needed
      Wunda = no props needed
      Reformer = no props needed
      Mat = no props needed

      See ya in class,

      xx-LL 💋

      THE BIG 4-6

      ONLINE MAT, REFORMER, CADILLAC & WUNDA CHAIR PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

      It's Mindi's BDAY month y'all and she is turning the Big 4 6!!! Oh yeah, which means that we are going to be doing either 4 reps of an exercise or 6!!! Alternating between the two means you get to explore what it feels like to have more reps or less reps to play with an exercise.

      Mat class - have your magic circle ready!

      See ya in class,

      xx-LL 💋

      Every Which Way But Loose

      Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

      Pick any Pilates exercise and you’ll find there are multiple directions of movement or reach to focus on. No need to make ourselves crazy trying to master them all! Pick one or two or maybe something new as we explore the Rowing Series on the Mat and the Reformer. We’ll reach, circle, bend, extend, and anchor …moving every which way but loose!

      -Tami-Adrian

      MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, light weights (or cans of soup) and a mat!

      >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

      REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, box and a reformer!

      >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.