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Pilates Reformer at the Arapahoe, Mapleton and Longmont Ys provides members with strength, flexibility, coordination and endurance. Simplified levels make it effortless to know which class will work best for you. Private and semi-private sessions also available. 

Beginner Pilates Reformer

Are you interested in Pilates Reformer and are brand new to the format? Maybe you’ve been told to try Pilates to strengthen your core and back yet the Reformer seems so complicated and intimidating? Try a 90-minute class where the basics of the equipment and the basic principles of Pilates are discussed and practiced. All exercises are geared towards the novice practitioner. Reservations are required.


Pilates Reformer Level 1

If you’ve never done reformer work, this is the place to begin. Attend Level 1 before attempting other levels. Challenge both your brain and the way you organize the body to move. Reservations are required.

Level 1 Practitioners:

  • Understand the Reformer spring values and how they are used in exercises
  • Are comfortable with spinal articulation
  • Are becoming more familiar with the names of the exercises
  • Can control the equipment, including the closing of the carriage
  • Use breathwork appropriate for the movement
  • Are honing their skills in moving the body with precision
  • Are beginning to create flow in their transitions in between exercises

Exercises may include, but are not limited to, full expressions or variations on: Pulling Straps, Long Stretch Series, Short Box Series, Knee Stretch, Stomach Massage, Short Spine.


Pilates Reformer Level 2

These drop-in classes continue to guide you on your journey in Pilates. The pace will be quicker, and there will be less cueing than found in  Level 1 exercises. New choreographies and exercises will be incorporated to provide a vigorous workout. Range of motion and stamina will increase as the instructors find more and more ways to challenge you. Reservations are required.

Level 2 Practitioners:

  • Show proficiency in Level 1 exercises
  • Know the Reformer springs for each exercise
  • Can confidently mobilize or stabilize
  • Can safely modify exercises
  • Can perform exercises that require kneeling or standing on the Reformer
  • Are learning more complex sequencing and organization of the body
  • Are competent at enhancing movement with breath

Exercises may include, but are not limited to, full expressions or variations on: Rowing, Teaser, Coordination, Chest Expansion, Back Stroke, Swan, Breast Stroke, Semi Circle, Climb a Tree.


Pilates Reformer Level 3

These classes celebrate the rhythms of higher level Reformer sequences. Admittance into Level 3 classes will be at the instructor’s discretion. If you are new to Level 3, schedule a brief interview or assessment with the instructor before signing up for class. With permission from the instructor, you may also observe a class to see if it’s the right level for you. Reservations are required.

Level 3 Practitioners:

  • Show proficiency in Level 2 exercises
  • Show proficiency in spinal articulation
  • Show proficiency in breathwork
  • Can easily incorporate cues or adjustments given in class 
  • Can easily flow through sequences

Exercises may include, but are not limited to, full expressions or variations on: Jacknife, Long Back Stretch, Thigh Stretch, Corkscrew, Snake, Twist, Tendon Stretch, Star, Splits, Control Front/Back.


Senior Pilates Reformer

Many seniors find that their balance, flexibility and stamina have diminished over time. A regular Pilates practice can help these issues, and many seniors are amazed at the improvement in core strength and endurance they experience after just a few classes. This class offers an uplifting atmosphere and a warm community while engaging both the mind and body. New participants must have taken the Fundamentals course. Reservations are required.


An Important Note About Pilates Reformer Classes: Pilates Reformer classes have an 8 person capacity to allow for personal attention and correction from qualified, experienced instructors. As with any physical activity, please consult your health care provider to ensure that Pilates is right for you. Group exercise classes are appropriate for healthy persons without injury. People with injuries should not participate in group classes without permission from their healthcare provider andinstructor. People with injuries who wish to explore the rehabilitative qualities of the Pilates should begin with private sessions. Participants in classes with injury issues (who are cleared by their healthcare provider) should approach the instructor before class to inform them of their needs or to ask for modifications.

Ultimately, each participant is responsible for their own health and safety within the class. For safety reasons, please plan to come to class at least 5 minutes early. We do not allow participants to join class if they are more than 5 minutes late.