Hundred on the Reformer

The Hundred on the Reformer will reveal what the Hundred on the Mat often cannot.

  • Author: lesley.logan
  • June 18, 2018
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  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Equipment Needed: Reformer (I love using the Contrology Reformer.)
  • Reps: 10 cycles of breathing
  • Warning: Not ideal for some neck and shoulder issues.
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Hundred on the Reformer

The Hundred on the Pilates Reformer is basically the same as the Hundred on the Mat but with straps and resistance from Springs. While on the Mat, the Hundred is the first exercise in the order. On the Reformer, the Hundred usually comes after Footwork. Since the Footwork, Hundred and the next couple of exercises are all designed to warm you up and prepare your body for what is to come it is often done on 3 or 4 springs. But this can be adjusted if necessary. The Hundred on the Reformer will reveal what the Hundred on the Mat often cannot.

The 100 is meant to warm you up. Get your whole body involved!

After you complete your Footwork, lower your footbar. Ideally, you can do this without sitting up. But if you must sit up, try to keep your body connected to all that you turned on. For example, you can “teaser up” and hold your Teaser while you lower your footbar and adjust your springs if necessary. Lay back down and grab your handles. Reach your arms up to the sky and if possible place your legs straight out resting on Reformer. If straight legs on the Reformer is too difficult, you can start with them bent into your chest. Then in one movement press your arms straight down, lift your head, chest, and legs up (or out) to a high diagonal and begin to pump your arms as you breathe in and out for 10 cycles. To finish, reverse how you got into position.

As you are pumping your arms notice what is moving. Hopefully, just your arms are moving. If you notice your head and chest are bouncing or that the carriage is inching back and forth, this means we need to connect you more to your center. Feel the handles press back into your hands equal to how much you are pushing into them. This should mitigate the bouncing of the carriage. Hug your legs tight together and don’t be afraid to feel your seat engage here to support your legs. Remember this is an exercise to warm you up, so get your whole body involved!


Be sure to check out more of my online Pilates Reformer exercises. I want to help you continue your Pilates Reformer training!

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. Thank you for talking about strap length. I learned on an allergo 2 with adjustable strap length. However I now have a reformer with leather straps and am confused as to how long the straps ‘should’ be. They are so much longer on the original reformers. Also frogs and circles feel way different with the longer extension straps. Loved the video, thank you!

    1. Hey Natasha, yes the straps should be longer but different trainings do it differently for the work they are wanting. Frogs and circles is not meant to be a “leg exercise.” Its a pelvic stability exercise and the more advanced you get the more leg muscles you’ll feel. have you seen my “mastering the basics on the Reformer” workshop? Check it out. We have OPC member with Allegro 2’s and they lengthened their straps so that they can use the springs I am suggesting and get the feeling of the exercises as I am teaching them. If your straps are short some of them with the springs I say will be too heavy and hard. Hope this helps xx

  2. Hi Lesley – enjoying the flash cards I have tried adjusting my straps and many other things including making sure I’m connected in the back but my reformer still moves about 1 cm as I pump my arms i have a traditional balanced body wooden reformer aaargh please can you advise further

    1. Hey Alisa, ugh I’ve been there it can be so frustrating. I’m assuming you traditional wooden BB is with the ropes and risers. If I am wrong let me know. Make sure you’re at the bottom of your risers and that you are using actually handles and not loops. If you are there may still be a little movement but give it time. Make sure you’re not OVER connecting. I know that sounds impossible but some people can over do the “down” on their shoulders which doesn’t allow you to connect to your lats. Also know that if you are using ropes they are set up to “retract” so the moment you lift your arms they are doing their job of “retracting.” There are some changes you can make to everything to make it more in line with leather but at some point there are limits. If you’re using loops definitely get actual handles. Thats the only way for your full hand to connect to the handle and allow your arms to connect to your back. xx~LL

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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

GATHER ROUND

Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

We gather good things in circles…friends, flowers, pie! So let’s get our circles on! In this week’s Mat and Reformer classes we’ll be focusing on how the size and shape of circular work changes how we feel an exercise. We’ll even be adding some circular movements along the way! You won’t need any extra props and please, have your box for the Reformer class.

See you in class,
Tami

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, box and a reformer!

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

ROW ROW ROW YOUR BOAT

Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

This week we will focus on all things Rowing! How do the other exercises help our rowing series and how does rowing influence the others! Finding the arm/back connection throughout the class is how we will Row Row Row Our Boat to the finish line!

Light hand weights needed for the Mat class!

See you in class,
Mindi

    MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, light hand 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.

    STAND BY ME

    Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

    The key to longevity is being able to get down to the ground and up again with as little assistance as possible. In this weeks class we are going to focus on how to stand in your feet no matter where they are in space.

    On the Mat we will have a playful ending that Joseph Pilates would do!

    The Reformer we’ll end challenging ourselves standing on our carriage. (Options to do the exercises off the Reformer too!)

    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.

    LOOK MA, NO HANDS!

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

    We’re going to focus on the muscles that help us get up/down to a chair, toilet, in/out of a car, and to the ground without the use of our hands to help.

    As we age, we can lose strength, flexibility, mobility in these leg and core muscles which results in us using our arms and hands to get up and down.

    Let’s keep these bodies as young as we can by practicing getting up and down with only our legs, our center, and our strong back.

    Reformer: No props needed
    Cadillac/Tower: Reformer box
    Mat: Theraband
    Chair: No props needed

    See ya in class,

    xx-LL 💋

    HANG 10

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

    Grip strength as well as upper body strength plays an important role in so many different exercises throughout the mat and all apparatus. Our grip can influence the connection from our wrists - to our arms - to our back. And building strength in our chest and upper back can help us connect more to our center in every exercise.

    All month long we’ll explore the feeling, the strength, and the position of our hands and upper body to see how our exercises change with a little extra focus. We’ll also play with ways to gain more strength and awareness in our chest and upper back to create even more connections to the exercises.

    Props:
    Chair - short pole* and a foam roller for balance
    *A thicker pole or roll down bar size might feel nice, but no worries you’ll find your connections no matter what you have on hand!
    Mat: a pole
    Reformer: No props needed
    Cadillac: No props needed

    See ya in class,
    xx-LL 💋

    I LOVE ROCK & ROLL UP

    Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

    Finding some love for Roll Up and Open Leg Rocker isn't easy! But, these two exercises unlock the potential for so many other exercises. And what we don't like we often need. So, let's dive into what we need to rock our Roll Ups and Open leg Rockers and see how that changes the rest of our practice in the meantime.

    Mat: Magic Circle, Pole or Theraband
    Reformer: have your shortbox pole near by

    xx~LL

    MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, Magic Circle, Pole or Theraband and a mat!

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

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

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